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Back on the track... Dame Mary is now a Tube halt on new Olympic Legends map

By Amanda Poole

The next stop is... Dame Mary Peters. As excitement builds for the Olympics, Transport for London (TfL) is embracing a games-inspired twist to the iconic London Tube map.

An Olympic Legends Map has been created, replacing 361 station names with legendary athletes’ names, and each Underground line is dedicated to a sports discipline, such as track and field or boxing.

Edgware Road station has been renamed Dame Mary Peters to honour the Northern Ireland Olympian on the map compiled by sports journalist Alex Trickett and sports historian David Brooks.

American swimmer Michael Phelps, who is the most successful Olympian of all-time with 14 gold medals, has received the honour of being the main London 2012 Olympic stop, Stratford.

Other champion athletes to be honoured are sprinter Usain Bolt at Victoria, rower Sir Steve Redgrave at Knightsbridge and basketball player Michael Jordan at King’s Cross/St Pancras.

Last night gold medallist Dame Mary, who was named overall winner at the Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards last week, said it was an excellent idea and another good way to celebrate the London Games. “It’s a great honour and very nice to be included,” she said.

Dame Mary is one of 30 official Team GB ambassadors for the 2012 Olympics.

“It’s a great thrill for me, as a pensioner, to still be included,” she added.

“I have been at every Olympics since 1964, with the exception of Beijing, and I have no doubt London will be exceptional.

“London does this type of event very well and I have every confidence in Seb Coe and his team. I think it will be the best Games ever.”

Chris MacLeod, a spokesman for TfL, said there has been a lot of interest in the quirky new map.

“The London Tube map is an iconic design that’s known and loved throughout the world, so we’re getting a great deal of interest in this special Olympic Legends edition of the map.

“We’re sure it will prove to be very popular with the many people from around the world who will be watching, and possibly even taking part in, the London 2012 Games this summer.”

To check out the new map or buy a poster version (£3.99) visit www.tfl.gov.uk

background

The Olympic Legends Map is a unique interpretation of the London Underground map. The map not only celebrates gold medal winning athletes, but also features other extraordinary athletes who may not have won an Olympic gold medal but are recognised for their abilities, or in some cases, famous defeats. Edgware Road, serving the Circle, District and Hammersmith & City lines, is near to Marble Arch and is famous for its distinctive Middle-Eastern character. It has been renamed Dame Mary Peters. Representing Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the 1972 Munich Games, Dame Mary won gold in the pentathlon

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