Usain Bolt Immortalized in Bronze: Sprinting Legend Unveils Statue in Miramar, Florida

Usain Bolt, the legendary sprinter known as the world’s fastest man, unveiled a bronze statue in Miramar, Florida, on Saturday, marking his first statue in the United States. The statue, located at the Ansin Sports Complex, commemorates Bolt’s awe-inspiring career and was proudly presented by the city of Miramar as part of its Art in Public Places and Art in the Park initiatives.

Sculpted by Basil Watson, a talented artist from Kingston, Jamaica, the statue captures Bolt’s iconic pose famously debuted during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. It immortalizes the moment when Bolt, after winning three gold medals and completing the sprint double, leaned back and triumphantly pointed to the sky, serving as a symbol of his global salute.

Explaining his inspiration for the statue, Watson said, “The kneeling pose that he has done from time to time when his knees were a little younger, I found it very, very profound and related to the social issues that we face today. So, I took the liberty of using that pose for this monument.” Engraved at the base of the statue is Bolt’s renowned quote: “Anything is possible. Don’t think limits.”

For Bolt, achieving success was just one part of his journey. He emphasizes the importance of maintaining that success through relentless hard work. Bolt never anticipated reaching the level of success he enjoys today, which is why his mantra, “Anything is possible,” resonates deeply with him and serves as a constant reminder to aspiring athletes, particularly the younger generation.

Reflecting on his career, Bolt shared, “When I started running, especially when I started being coached by Glen Mills, it opened my eyes… It was then that I began setting bigger goals. And that’s how my motto actually came about. Anything’s possible. Don’t think of limits because you always limit yourself at times. I never thought I would reach this level… So, I’ve always told people to believe in yourself. Never let anybody tell you that you can’t do this.”

Miramar Vice Mayor Alexandra P. Davis, the host of the celebration, highlighted the statue’s significance as an enduring source of inspiration for aspiring athletes. The festivities included the Usain Bolt Fundraising Banquet, where Bolt was awarded the key to the city of Miramar, followed by the official unveiling of his statue at the Ansin Sports Complex. The event coincided with the inauguration of Usain Bolt Day, commemorated annually on July 14th.

Bolt holds the world record for the 100-meter dash with a time of 9.58 seconds and the 200-meter dash with a time of 19.19 seconds. He was also part of Jamaica’s 4×100-meter relay team that set a world record time of 36.84 seconds.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.