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Carl Lewis Biography

Growing Up, The "next Jesse Owens", The 1984 Olympics, Chronology, Awards And AccomplishmentsCONTACT INFORMATION, SELECTED WRITINGS BY LEWIS:


American track and field athlete

Carl Lewis, the greatest track and field star of the 20th century, attracted intense attention to his sport in the United States in the 1980s. His early successes as a sprinter and long-jumper inspired writers to compare him to Jesse Owens, even before he equaled Owens' feat of winning four gold medals in a single Olympics. Negative publicity about his flashy style, his financial ambitions, and what many considered his arrogance made him a controversial figure. But he went on to surpass even Owens' feats by winning gold medals in three more Olympics, and questions about his personality have given way to respect for his unequaled accomplishments.


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(With Jeffrey Marx) Inside Track: My Professional Life in Amateur Track and Field, Simon & Schuster, 1990.

(With Jeffrey Marx) One More Victory Lap: My Personal Diary of an Olympic Year, Aum Publications, 1996.

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