Alternative London Underground Map Replaces Stations With Olympic Athletes
Two sports journalists designed the unique interpretation, which features 361 Olympic legends.
- 5 april 2012
Transport for London has unveiled a new tube map that features the names of Olympic athletes instead of stations. The ‘Underground Olympic Legends Map‘ was designed by sports journalists Alex Trickett and David Brooks, who said of their creation:
We love sport, we love lists and we love London, so what better challenge than to select 361 of the greatest athletes the world has ever seen and to fit them on to our iconic tube map. There were heated debates and a few late changes of heart, but we are happy with the result: dozens of nations represented, all 2012 Olympic sports accounted for, and Ali and Phelps, two of the greatest Olympians of all time, guarding the Stratford gateways to the Games.
Each underground line is dedicated to a Summer Olympic sporting discipline or disciplines from basketball to track and field. For example, Roger Federer replaces Old Street on the Basketball & Tennis/Northern line. Athletes who have appeared in films are marked with a clapperboard and those who have won five or more gold medals have stars next to their name. Click on the PDF file below to see the full map, which can be purchased from the TfL shop for £4.99.