Carl Lewis is an American former track and field athlete who 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 was born on July 1, 1961, in Birmingham, Alabama. His father, Bill Lewis, ran track and played football; his mother, Evelyn Lewis, was a world-class hurdler who represented the United States at the 1951 Pan-American Games. Lewis became one of the greatest track and field stars of all time. His career included nine Olympic gold medals. He qualified for the U.S. Olympic team in 1980 but did not compete because of the U.S. boycott of the Moscow Games. Carl Lewis is famous for his track and field career, during which he competed in 5 Olympic Games from 1980 to 1996. He competed in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, and the long jump, and won 9 Olympic gold medals. His most dominant event was the long jump, in which he won 4 gold medals and set a world record. He also broke world records in the 100 meter dash, 4×100 meter relay, and the indoor long jump. Lewis is considered one of the greatest athletes of all time.