GQ magazine has released its 21st annual “Men of the Year” list for 2016, and Jamaica’s Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt is one of three gentlemen to receive this honor. Named with Bolt are actors Ryan Reynolds and Warren Beatty. In choosing these men, GQ recognized individuals “who brought some much-needed light into a very long year,” according to the editors. Bolt was honored achieving a record no one in history has ever achieved: winning three Olympic gold medals for the third consecutive time at the Rio games. The magazine called him “the most exciting man in sports” for 2016. In a profile featured in GQ, Bolt discusses his “partying,” his Jamaican culture, and what he is planning to do after he retires.
GQ (formerly Gentlemen’s Quarterly) is an international monthly men’s magazine based in New York City. The publication focuses on fashion, style, and culture for men, though articles on food, movies, fitness, sex, music, travel, sports, technology, and books are also featured.
GQ (US) first named their Men of the Year in 1996, featuring the award recipients in a special issue of the magazine. British GQ launched their annual Men of the Year awards in 2009 and GQ India launched theirs the following year. Spanish GQ launched their Men of the Year awards in 2011 and GQ Australia launched theirs in 2007.