1. Frederick Carlton “Carl” Lewis is an American former track and field athlete, who won 10 Olympic medals, including nine gold, and 10 World Championships medals, including eight gold.
2. His career spanned from 1979 to 1996 when he last won an Olympic title and subsequently retired.
3. Lewis was a dominant sprinter and long jumper who topped the world rankings in the 100 m, 200 m and long jump events frequently from 1981 to the early 1990s.
4. He set world records in the 100 m, 4 × 100 m and 4 × 200 m relays, while his world record in the indoor long jump has stood since 1984.
5. Over the course of his athletics career, Lewis broke ten seconds for the 100 meters 15 times and 20 seconds for the 200 meters 10 times.
6. 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.
7. After retiring from his athletics career, Lewis became an actor and has appeared in a number of films.
8. Lewis owns a marketing and branding company named C.L.E.G., which markets and brands products and services including his own.
9. Frederick Carlton Lewis was born in Birmingham, Alabama, on July 1, 1961, the son of William and Evelyn Lewis.
10. Lewis was initially coached by his father, who also coached other local athletes to elite status.
11. Many colleges tried to recruit Lewis, and he chose to enroll at the University of Houston where Tom Tellez was coach.
12. Days after graduating from high school in 1979, Lewis broke the high school long jump record with a leap of 8.13 m .
13. At the end of the high school year, an old knee injury had flared up again, which might have had consequences on his fitness.
14. However, working with Tellez, Lewis adapted his technique so that he was able to jump without pain and he went on to win the 1980 National Collegiate Athletic Association .
15. Though his focus was on the long jump, he was now starting to emerge as a sprint talent.