Youth Olympic Track Star Noah Lyles Adds Super Saiyan Power Before Race
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
22-year-old track world record holder Noah Lyles tapped into some of Goku's Super Saiyan energy at the USATF Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. Lyles showed up to the event with a silver sheen to his hair. A commentator asked Lyles about his new 'do, prompting the runner to drop some Dragon Ball facts on camera.
"I'm a Dragon Ball Z fan," Lyle explains. "and you gotta go Ultra Instinct for finals." The commentator wasn't sure what 'Ultra Instinct' was but Lyle was ready.
"Ultra Instinct. Goku goes Ultra Instinct for his final form," Lyle said. The commentator turns to the camera and asks if anyone knows who that is.
"I think they know," Lyle said. "Don't worry! We'll get you hip!"
Lyle is the world record holder for the indoor 300-meter dash and he won a gold medal at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games and at the 2016 World U20 Championships.
Dragon Ball Z has made a lasting impact among professional athletes and musicians. Musical artist and actor Jaden Smith gave Goku a shout out in his track "GOKU" last year. Artists like the Wu-Tang Clan's RZA, Young Thug, Big Sean, J-Live, Young Jeezy, Soulja Boy, Waka Flocka Flame, Childish Gambino, Frank Ocean, Logic, Chance the Rapper, and more have proclaimed themselves fans of the series, sampled tracks from the anime, or made direct reference to characters in their own songs.
Athletes like Darren Fells and David Njoku performed the Fusion Dance in the end zone. Green Bay Packer's defensive end Mike Daniels was recently the subject of a Crunchyroll documentary, He Was Anime - The Mike Daniels Story. Other all-star fans include Philadelphia 76ers' center Joel Embiid, and Dallas Mavericks' Wesley Matthews, wrestling trio The New Day.
Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news tip.