From the time he set foot in Digicel, it was clear Bermuda’s youth and people spanning all ages, showed much love for Usain Bolt, who is here as “chief speed officer” on a whirlwind promotion by Digicel.

The retired Jamaican sprinter who still holds the record as the fastest man on the planet in the 100m, 200m and 4 x 100m relay.

Bolt’s reign as Olympic Games champion in all three events spans three Olympics.

Young students and fans packed Digicel to meet him yesterday.

At one point, people filled the stairway outside, waiting their chance to get in. And it was clear that there were tons of fans, looking to get him to sign autographs and pose for photographs from 12:45 to 1:45pm.

The Olympic champion’s day started earlier at the National Stadium, where he set his first world record in the Men’s Under-20 200m race at the 2004 Carifta Games.

The eight-time Olympic gold medalist told the group of excited students: “Hard work is everything.

“Never give up on your dream. To be one of the best you have to keep pushing yourself,” he said.

Bolt’s day also included a courtesy call at the Cabinet Building with Premier David Burt and other officials. 

And of course, Bolt’s fans followed him there for another chance to get their autographs sealed for keeps.