Former Athlete, Ato Boldon is a four-time Olympic-medalist who was born in Trinidad’s capital, Port of Spain. Boldon had a very happy and sheltered childhood. He attended Newton Boys’ Roman Catholic School in Port of Spain. Following this he went to Fatima College. A leading boys’ high school.
Ato Boldon left Trinidad aged 14 to live in America. He played football at the Jamaica High School in Queens, New York. It was whilst he was playing football that his coach noticed his speed and drafted him into the track team. Boldon qualified for the State Competition a year later. He moved to California for his second season where he reached the top 15 in the 200m. During his final year in high school, Boldon was offered scholarships from 3 universities. Encouraged by his mother, he chose to go to Community College.
In 1992, Ato Boldon was selected to be a part of the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Team, aged just 18. At that time, he was the youngest athlete to ever do so. A year later at the World Junior Games in Seoul, Boldon became the first and only person to hold the World 100m and 200m junior sprint titles at the same time. In 1994, coach, John Smith, took Boldon under his wing and provided a fresh boost to Boldon’s career. The following year, Boldon was the 3rd fastest man in the World and became a Caribbean sports hero. International Press dubbed him ‘Golden Boldon’. This was a name Boldon didn’t like too much.