- NAME: Carl Lewis
- OCCUPATION: Track and Field Athlete
- BIRTH DATE: July 01, 1961 (Age: 52)
- Did You Know?: Carl Lewis was drafted by both the Dallas Cowboys and the Chicago Bulls in 1984.
- EDUCATION: University of Houston
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Birmingham, Alabama
- Full Name: Frederick Carlton Lewis
- AKA: Carlton Lewis
- AKA: Carl Lewis
- ZODIAC SIGN: Cancer
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Track and field athlete Carl Lewis competed in four Olympic Games. He won nine gold medals, including four at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.
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Despite his Olympic glory, Lewis has experienced a complicated relationship with the press and public. Never lacking confidence, Lewis has been dubbed by many as just plain arrogant.
Already sponsored by Nike when he was a student at the University of Houston, Lewis unsuccessfully tried to bat back the perception at the 1984 Games that he cared more about his commercial appeal than about the Olympics themselves. As a result of that perception,
the swath of endorsements he expected after his winning performances never came.
In addition, Lewis was quite vocal against fellow athletes who'd been caught, or were perceived to be, using steroids to gain a competitive advantage. His biggest target was Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson, who initially beat Lewis in the 100 at the Seoul games but was later stripped of his title after testing positive for a steroid.
But in 2003 Lewis had to admit that he himself had tested positive for banned substances during the 1988 U.S. Olympic trials. In acknowledging the revelations, however, Lewis was far from contrite.
"It's ridiculous," he said. "Who cares? I did 18 years of track and field and I've been retired for five years, and they're still talking about me, so I guess I still have it."
In 2001 Lewis was inducted into the USA Track & Field Hall of Fame. Around that same time, Sports Illustrated named the retired star its "Olympian of the Century," while the International Olympic Committee named him its "Sportsman of the Century."
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