On July, 12, 2012, unsuspecting travelers at Heathrow’s Terminal 5 were greeted by Jamaican running sensation Usain Bolt with his trade mark “To Di Mark” lightning bolt pose. The Bolt in question was the athlete’s startlingly life-like new wax figure, which will be unveiled at Madame Tussauds London on Monday, July 23. The museum is located at Marylebone Road (off Baker’s Street) in London, England.
About the airport exhibition, Madame Tussauds staff said, “We are very proud of our new figure of Usain Bolt and wanted to treat some of the thousands of people coming in to London in the coming days with a surprise welcome from one of the biggest names taking part in the competition. We hope they enjoyed their close encounter with the fastest man on earth as we know guests to Madame Tussauds will when he joins the A-list line up.”
Susan Goldsmith, Terminal 5’s Operations Director: “As London 2012’s Official Host Airport, we are proud to welcome all athletes to Heathrow, including those in wax sculpture. It’s certainly put a smile on people’s faces here today and brought the buzz and excitement of the Games to Heathrow.”
The figure will join champion diver Tom Daley and his team GB mate heptathlete Jessica Ennis, as well as a host of sporting legends past and present – from Jesse Owens and Mohammed Ali to Ronaldo and Beckham.
For more information, see http://www.madametussauds.com/London/ and http://www.madametussauds.com/London/NewsAndEvents/UsainBoltAtHeathrow/default.aspx and