July 16, 2023 -Jamaican retired sprint legend Usain Bolt made a notable appearance at the Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar, Florida on Saturday as his bronze statue was unveiled.
The statue, skillfully crafted by Basil Barrington Watson, a native of Kingston, Jamaica, captures Bolt’s iconic pose from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.
During those games, Bolt won three gold medals and accomplished the sprint double, commemorating each triumph by leaning back and gesturing towards the sky, a symbolic acknowledgment to the world.
The inspiration behind the statue
The statue was inspired by Bolt’s occasional kneeling pose, which the sprinter used in his younger years.
Recognizing its profound significance and relevance to contemporary social issues, Watson incorporated this pose into the monument. Adorned at the base of the statue is Bolt’s renowned quote: “Anything is possible. Don’t think limits.”
The Olympian shared that this motto originated from his experiences as an athlete, particularly when he began collaborating with his coach, Glen Mills. He explained that it symbolizes his unwavering belief that setting ambitious goals and having faith in oneself can lead to extraordinary accomplishments, surpassing perceived limitations.
Recognizing Bolt’s illustrious career
This unveiling marks a significant milestone, highlighting the extraordinary accomplishments of Bolt’s illustrious career, which notably includes numerous record-breaking achievements.
Miramar, a city boasting one of the largest Jamaican populations in the US, considers this statue an important addition to its Art in Public Places and Art in the Park initiatives.
Serving as the inaugural monument created for these programs, it holds great significance. Miramar Vice Mayor Alexandra P. Davis, who orchestrated the celebration, observed the lack of art in public spaces within the city. She hopes that Bolt’s statue will serve as a constant reminder and a profound source of inspiration for aspiring athletes.
Usain Bolt’s legacy
Preceding the unveiling, Bolt received recognition at the Usain Bolt Fundraising Banquet on Friday, where he was presented with the key to the city of Miramar.
Additionally, witnessed the inauguration of Usain Bolt Day (July 14). Having retired after the 2017 World Championships in London, where he concluded his remarkable career with a bronze medal in the men’s 100m, Bolt continues to leave an indelible mark on the world of sprinting.