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Nothing Quite Like It

I think it was Canada's own one-time world and Olympic champion, Donovan Bailey, who many years ago first told me about the globe's biggest high school track meet. He described it as an event so extraordinary that it had to be seen in order to be believed.

Jamaica 2012 854.jpgIt's called the "Boys and Girls Championships" and it's been held for more than 100 years now in the capital of Bailey's country of birth, Jamaica. The tradition and fierce competition of "Champs," as the meet is known, are only part of the reason Jamaicans are so strong on the international track scene.

On the eve of another summer Olympic games where Jamaicans are once again expected to dominate in the sprint events, Adrienne Arsenault and I traveled to the island nation to ask what exactly makes Jamaicans run so fast? 

Jamaica 2012 419.jpgIt's a journey that took us from the tiny rural hometown of the world's current fastest man, Usain Bolt, to the university campuses of Kingston where Olympians train and scientists too, are searching for answers.

And of course, it took us to "Champs," where future Bolts are already making their mark.  As you'll see in Adrienne's feature report -- Bailey's right, there's nothing quite like it.