Motivational Speaker Carl Lewis is a former track and field star who ruled the track for the United States in the 1980’s. He now works as an ambassador to the United Nations and as an assistant track and field coach at the University of Houston. Over the course of his Olympic career, Carl brought home 9 Gold Medals and 1 Silver Medal after competing in the Summer Olympic Games in 1984, 1988, 1992 and 1996. His last Gold Medal came in the long jump event just a few weeks after his 35th birthday at the Atlanta Games in 1996.
Carl seemed almost untouchable on the track, gliding his way to victory in a variety of events including the 100M, 200M, 4x100M relay and the long jump. He stills holds the world record in the indoor long jump to this day. He also amassed an astounding record at the World Championships, bringing home 8 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze Medal from 1983-1993.
Carl grew up in a family of athletes. His mother was a hurdler on the 1951 Pan-Am team and his father ran a local athletics club in New Jersey. At the age of 19, Carl qualified for his first Olympic Games in 1980 but the U.S. boycott of the Games in Moscow prevented him from competing. He saw his first action on the Olympic track during the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. It was there he began his reign as one of the greatest Olympians of all time.
Motivational Speaker Carl Lewis raced and jumped his way to 4 Gold Medals, tying Jesse Owens’ record from 1936. In 1988, he set the world record in the long jump at 8.72 M on his way to 2 Gold Medals and 1 Silver at the Games in Seoul. He finished his Olympic career in impressive fashion in 1996, and the International Olympic Committee would go on to name him Sportsman of the Century.