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Usain Bolt thinks playing video games helped make him a winner

Usain Bolt has said that video games helped make him a winner.

The 35-year-old athlete - who is considered to be the greatest sprinter of all time as the winner of eight Olympic gold medals - claimed that playing video games made him "hungry" to win.

He said: "I feel like [playing video games] kind of helped my hunger, you would say. To always want to win. I feel like it, in a way, kind of helped out with the track and field, because now when you get on the track you have that same mentality as when you're playing video games. You just want to win."

The three-time Olympic 100m champion then went on to reveal that he would often pass up training to play video games in his youth, noting if he had today's technology as a child, he would "definitely" be an avid gamer.

He told the BBC: "I think I was so much into video games when I was younger because sometimes I would skip training to go to the video game store to play video games. When my coach would call my dad and tell him, 'Listen, he didn't come to training today,' and then my dad would be like, 'Why didn't you go to training?' And I had no answer. You know what I mean? That was just one thing, so I know if we had what we had now, I would definitely be a gamer. For sure."

Usain also encouraged his fellow athletes to take up video games, claiming that they are useful for focus.

He added: "You're so focused on trying to do good in a game that you don't worry about anything else"

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