Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt at the unveiling of a statue at the Ansing Sports Complex in Miramar gives advice to young athletes

MIRAMAR, Florida. (TodayNews) — The South Florida community celebrated the unveiling of a piece of art commemorating running legend Usain Bolt, and the athlete was ready to deliver a touching message to those he inspired.

Bolt, the world famous athlete, was at the Ansing Sports Complex in Miramar on Saturday for the opening ceremony.

7News cameras captured the former sprinter, who set a record time on the track, as he greeted fans with the unveiling of a bronze statue.

He later helped the local authorities open the bronze statue. The city’s first piece of art in a public place resembles an Olympian.

“This is the first, and not the last, piece of art to be distributed throughout the city, in our parks and elsewhere, to the delight of the community,” said Miramar Vice Mayor Alexandra P. Davis.

“He represents, you know. I love someone who is defensive all the time, you know what I mean? — said the participant of the opening ceremony. “So for most of us, he is a legend. Actually, all of us.

The opening drew hundreds of people.

“We have the fastest man in the world and it’s great to honor his memory in such a diverse community,” said another member. “South Florida is one of the most diverse communities in the world, so it’s great that we can all be here and celebrate the culture and community.”

“The fastest man in the world and holding that title for so long is incredible,” said a third visitor. “Yes, and so that we know that we are graduating athletes, track and field athletes, so we are very proud.”

The world record holder and athlete appealed to young athletes striving to achieve their goal.

– Be more serious. I think when I was younger I wasn’t as focused,” he said. “It took me a while to understand the depth and the talent that I had and what I could actually do with that talent, so I told myself, my younger self, to get serious faster.”

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