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9-time Olympic Gold Medalist and Founder of the Carl Lewis Foundation
Carl Lewis is prepared to speak on success, business development, and leadership during the General Scientific Session on Tuesday, October 11.
Carl was part of five American Olympic Teams, winning 10 medals, nine of them gold. With unsurpassed talent in the long jump and his speed in the sprints, he has gone places where no other track and field athlete has ever visited. His five Olympic appearances are a record for a male athlete, and many of his Olympic performances were in world or Olympic record time. His impressive track and field performances earned him the title of “Athlete of the Century”.
His 65 consecutive victories in the long jump achieved over a span of 10 years is one of the sport's longest undefeated streaks. Over the course of his athletics career, Carl 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.
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.
Building on his Olympic fame, Carl is an activist and advocate for family, youth, education, wellness, and fitness, bringing his international celebrity to attract awareness for the challenges and opportunities surrounding these issues around the world.
Since his retirement from active competition in 1997, Carl Lewis has devoted a great deal of his time and energy to charity, founding “The Carl Lewis Foundation,” which serves as an umbrella for the many charities that Lewis supports including the “Best Buddies” organization, The Wendy Marx Foundation (for organ donor awareness), Ronald McDonald House Charities and many youth fitness groups. Carl is also a United Nations Ambassador for the Food and Agricultural Organization and a coach at the University of Houston.
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