Olympic figure skater Nathan Chen as United Airlines superhero action figure King Quad. Courtesy United
United Airlines is so excited about being the official airline of the United States Olympic Committee that it has made superhero action figures of six athletes competing in the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and another half dozen action figures of United employees who do the magic on the planes and behind the scenes to fly the athletes to the games.
The athletes portrayed as action figures are:
Air Raider: freeskier Gus Kenworth
Artic Angel: snowboarder Jamie Anderson
Ice Lightning: short track speed track skater J.R. Celski
The Rocket: luger Erin Hamlin
King Quad: figure skater Nathan Chen
The Fury: sled hockey player, Nikko Landerson
(“Ice Lightening” and “Winged Wonder” action figures)
There are also six superhero action figures portraying United employees, including one named Storm Tamer, representing an airline operations expert and my favorite, Departicus, who represents a customer service agent.
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In celebration of the Opening Ceremonies of the Winter Olympics, United is giving out athlete action figures to customers at its hubs on Friday.
Look for the life-sized mannequins of the sponsored Team USA athletes at these spots. At each airport, the airline will be giving out the 100 action figure corrosponding to the life-size mannequin on site.
Houston (IAH): North Terminal, past gate C3
Dulles (IAD): IAD: Intersection in C Concourse, en route to the trains
Denver (DEN): Concourse B, central plaza
Los Angeles ( LAX): Second level, Terminal 7 just above security
San Francisco (SFO) Rotunda near the food court
Newark (EWR) C3 Concourse
Chicago (ORD): Gate B12
At each airport, the airline will be giving out the action figure corrosponding to the life-size mannequin on site.
The airline has also been giving out action to figures to travelers at Penn Station in New York City who take a photo by the Team USA wall and then share the photo on social media (#TeamUnited).