Sprint legend Usain Bolt continues to be recognised and honoured for his illustrious career in track and field, with a statue of the legendary former athlete unveiled on Saturday in Miramar, Florida.
The bronze statue was designed by famed Jamaican sculptor Basil Watson, who also created Bolt’s eight-foot statue that was unveiled at Jamaica’s National Stadium in 2017. The statue, which carries a US$250,000 price tag, was commissioned by Jamaican Alexandra Davis, who serves as the vice mayor of Miramar.
The sculpture was built under the Art in Public Spaces ordinance, and Davis has expressed that it will serve as an inspiration for aspiring athletes of all ages and backgrounds. Bolt attended the unveiling ceremony, sharing pictures and videos from the event.
The Olympic champion was joined by the Minister of Information, Youth, Sports, and Culture, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, as he unveiled his statue at the Ansin Sports Complex.
The ever-enthusiastic Bolt also joined veteran reggae dancehall artiste Nadine Sutherland on stage during her performance of her hit single Action.
Reflecting on how far he has come since his days as a young athlete, Bolt shared a photo of him doing his trademark lightning bolt pose in front of his statue, captioning the image with, “Just Kid From The Country #Humbled.”