Usain Bolt, the olympian from Jamaica, is known as the world’s fastest man and he has the world records and the Olympic Gold medals to prove it. Bolt won 3 Gold Medals in London in 2008, 3 more in Beijing in 2012, and is currently competing in Rio.
But one medal you will see Bolt consistently wearing is the “Miraculous Medal”.
Bolt, who’s middle name is “St. Leo”, is a devout Catholic and is known for making the sign of the cross before racing. Additionally, he has been invited to speak at the Vatican and being often seen wearing his miraculous medal around his neck even during races.
For those who don’t know about it, “The Miraculous Medal” is a Catholic devotional medal, given to Saint Catherine Laboure in a vision in 1830. The medal, said to be designed by Our Lady herself, bears the words, “O Mary! conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!” over an image ov Mary standing upon a half globe, hands raised up to her waist, fingers giving off rays of light.
On the reverse side of the medal are twelve stars encircling a large “M” from which arises a cross. Below are two hearts with flames arising from them. Thorns encircle one heart and a sword pierces the other.
In the vision, Our Lady promised that “those who wear it will receive great graces, especially if they wear it around the neck.”
Usain Bolt has already won one Gold medal at the Rio games in the Men’s 100m. He will also be looking for gold in the Men’s 200m.