Carl Lewis was born on July 1, 1961 in Birmingham, Alabama, USA. He became one of the greatest athletes of all time. His career lasted from 1979 to 1996 with nine Olympic gold medals.
At the 1984 Olympics, he won four gold medals in the 100m, 200m, long jump and 4x100m relay events. He balanced his streak with Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics.
He was elected by the International Olympic Committee as the athlete of the century.
After graduating from high school in 1979, Carl Lewis devoted his full attention to athletics. At that time, track and field was just an amateur sport. But he decided to make a living and build his own career from this sport. Throughout his career, he played a key role in advancing athletics from an amateur sport to a professional.
By 1980, he was eligible to join the American Olympic team. But the US boycott of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan left him without a chance to compete in the Olympics that year.
In the early 1980s, he made great strides in distance jumping and 100m running. He ran 100m in 10 seconds and jumped over 8.5m in a few times. With such a recor. He gradually reached Bob Beamon’s giant record in the 1968 Olympics.
On the opening day of the World Championship in 1983, Carl Lewis won a gold medal in the 100m, 200m and long jump events. This achievement made him the number one sprinter and long jumper in the world.
More successful after the 1984 Olympics, he became famous, even in the US – where track and field was just a minor sport outside of the Olympics. He managed to balance Jesse Owens’ four historic gold medals at the 1936 Olympics. In the end, he managed to win gold at 100m, 200m, long jump and 4x100m relay.