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Carl Lewis      

Former Olympian, Actor & Founder of CLEG; Known as One of the Greatest Athletes of All Time

Carl Lewis is considered one of the greatest athletes in the world. He is known for his world records in running as well as his records in the long jump. A former track and field athlete, Lewis won nine Olympic gold medals, one Olympic silver medal, and 10 World Championships medals, including eight gold.

His career spanned from 1979 to 1996, when he last won an Olympic event. He is one of only three Olympic athletes who won a gold medal in the same individual event in four consecutive Olympic Games.

Lewis started participating in long jump events when he was just 13 years old. He also started to perform in sprinting events at a young age as he had the capability of high sprinting speeds. Eventually Lewis was selected for the U.S. Olympic team, but America boycotted the games in Moscow and as a result, Lewis’s debut was postponed.

He received the James E. Sullivan Award for the best athlete in 1981 and in the World Championships in 1983, he made his mark by winning in the 100m, long jump and the 4 x 100m relay events. Lewis then went on to become the undisputed champion in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

He won 4 titles in all including the 200m race and he also tied Jesse Owens’ record which was set back in 1936. He repeated the spectacular performance of 1983 in Rome in 1987, and then in the 1988 Seoul Olympics he went on to win 4 more golds.

In 1991, Lewis and Leroy Burrell dominated all the sprinting events. In the races before the World Championships in Japan, Burrell broke Lewis’s record as he finished 100 m in 9.90s but in the World Championships, Lewis paid him back by breaking the record of 9.90s in 9.86s.

At the age of 35, Lewis again made a comeback by winning the long jump event and thus became the only athlete in the world winning this particular event 4 consecutive times. He was the third Olympian to achieve the record after Al Oerter for discus throw and Paul Elvström for yachting.

His accomplishments have led to numerous accolades, including being voted "World Athlete of the Century" by the International Association of Athletics Federations and "Sportsman of the Century" by the International Olympic Committee, "Olympian of the Century" by Sports Illustrated and "Athlete of the Year" by Track & Field News in 1982, 1983, and 1984.

After retiring from his athletics career, Lewis became an actor and has appeared in a number of films. In 2011, he attempted to run for a seat as a Democrat in the New Jersey Senate, but was removed from the ballot due to the state's residency requirement. Lewis owns a marketing and branding company named C.L.E.G., which markets and brands products and services including his own.

Speech Topics

Carl Lewis is available to speak to your group or organization on various topics. As a man who has achieved the highest athletic awards in the world and operated a successful business environment, Mr. Lewis is prepared to speak on success, business development, and leadership.


Carl Lewis wants to give back, volunteers as coach at UH - Houston ...
Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis has joined the University of Houston track and field program as a volunteer coach, coach Leroy Burrell said ...

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