(February 4, 2013 – Shanghai) On February 4, the first day of spring on the Chinese calendar, Madame Tussauds Shanghai, located on the 10th floor of New World Department, No. 2-68, West Nanjing Road, Shanghai, is honoured to usher in a heavyweight guest –China’s flying fish Mr. Sun Yang, the first Chinese man ever to win an Olympic gold medal in swimming, the champion of two individual titles at the 2012 London Olympics and the world record holder of men’s 1500m freestyle. Today, Madame Tussauds Shanghai is excited to embrace the wax figure of Sun Yang who has got the swimming skills that have launched a million crushes, in the belief that his iconic smile will bring the spring warmth to the chilly winter.
One of China’s most successful and accomplished young male athletes, Sun Yang rose to his fame as early as in 2006 at a provincial sports meeting where he showed his amazing talent in swimming. In the process of constantly challenging himself and transcending his limits, the young swimmer has won multiple championships and broken his personal best records several times. His efforts finally paid off at the 2011 World Championships when he broke the world record of 1500m freestyle which had been kept for ten-year long. In order to further tap his own potential, Sun Yang continued to work out new training plans and objectives for himself, progressing through continuous challenges and fights. At the 2012 London Olympic Games, Sun Yang delivered an outstanding performance, which conquered the heart of sports fans across China, Asia and even the whole world, and became a rising swimming star in the international sports circle by winning the first Olympic gold medal for the Chinese men’s swimming team and the first Olympic medal in swimming-relay for the Chinese men’s swimming team.
Apart from various on-pool honours, Sun Yang has also been won honours off the pool at home and abroad. In 2010, Sun Yang won Anta-sponsored 2010 CCTV Newcomer of the Year Award. In 2011, he won Newcomer and Breakthrough Awards at the 6th China’s Top Ten Laurence Champions. In the same year, the US authoritative magazine Swimming World announced that Sun Yang was named the Best Male Athlete of the Year for the Around-Asia-Pacific region in the season of 2011 by a unanimous election. In 2012, he was once again nominated by the Anta-sponsored 2011 CCTV Person of the Year for the title of Best Male Athlete, and he won the Award again in January 19, 2013.
“While choosing the celebrity for whom it will make a wax figure, Madame Tussauds not only requests that he/she must be the most outstanding persons of the field, but also cares more of the choice of the public to grant visitors an opportunity to see their idols. And Sun Yang has won the favour and recognition of the audience for his outstanding performances and record-breaking achievements. Moreover, by virtue of his personal charms, he has also contributed to the development of China’s swimming cause by encouraging more people to take an active part in the sports event of swimming,” said Mr. Yang Yong, Sales Director for Shanghai Market, Merlin Entertainments Group. “For this reason, the wax figure of Sun Yang will, without doubt, become the most eye-catching landscape of Madame Tussauds Shanghai, and attract more visitors to come here for interactive experience.”
Through more than half a year of efforts after the measurement of Sun Yang, the opportunity for the public to have close contact with the swimming star finally came. Looking confident and aggressive, the wax version of Sun Yang in a black swimming suit makes a gesture of “No. 1” with his hands, while his impressive smile fully shows the grace and demeanour of the world champion. Reportedly, the wax figure requires large areas of skins. To make the visual effect of the wax figure close to perfect, the whole body has been made out of glass-fibre materials, making it the first glass-fibre wax figure of Madame Tussauds Shanghai, which has fully shown the great attention of the maker to this wax figure. As a national idol, Sun Yang has achieved amazingly in swimming, and as a post-90-generation big boy, he has also captured the heart of millions of fans with his unique adorable smile.
Two fans of Sun Yang cannot help feeling excited to learn that they will become the first to see the wax figure of their idol, which is like a dream coming true for them. To embrace the upcoming Lunar New Year, they have also prepared a spring couplet with the name of Sun Yang on it to celebrate the memorable moment by sending their best wishes – “Sun Yang is the sport star who I admire most. And words failed me to express how excited I am at this moment. On this special occasion, I wish him a better future and I will be always behind him.”
From today, Sun Yang’s wax figure will make its appearance at Madame Tussauds Shanghai to meet with his long-awaited fans face-to-face. It is believed that the handsome wax figure will show you with the true image of the Olympic champion.