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Carl Lewis

http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/61675000/jpg/_61675028_53300692.jpgFrederick Carlton "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 and subsequently retired. He is one of only three Olympic athletes who won a gold medal in the same event in four consecutive Olympic Games.

He grew up in a family of athletes, His parents ran a local athletics club that provided a crucial influence on both Carl and his sister Carol. carol became an elite long jumper, finishing 9th at the 1984 Olympics and taking bronze at the 1983 World Championships.

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July 1, 1961

Carl lewis was born in Birmingham, Alabama on this date

Carl lewis graduated high school in 1979

Lewis was initially coached by his father, who also coached other local athletes to elite status. At age 13, Lewis began competing in the long jump, and he emerged as a promising athlete.

Many colleges tried to recruit Lewis, and he chose to enroll at the University of Houston.where Tom Tellez was coach would thereafter remain Lewis' coach for his entire career

University of Houston

Days after graduating from high school in 1979, Lewis broke the high school long jump record with a leap of 8.13 m (26 ft 8 in).By the end of 1979, Lewis was ranked fifth in the world for the long jump, according to Track and Field News.

An old knee injury had flared up again at the end of the high school year, and this might have had consequences on his fitness. Lewis worked with Tellez and adapted his technique so that he was able to jump without pain, and he went on to win the 1980 National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Though his focus was on the long jump, he was now starting to emerge as a talent in the sprints.

Lewis qualified for the American team for the 1980 Olympics in the long jump and as a member of the 4 × 100 m relay team.The Olympic boycott precluded Lewis from competing in Moscow; he instead participated in the Liberty Bell Classic in July 1980, which was an alternate meet for boycotting nations. He jumped 7.77 m (25 ft 5 3⁄4 in) for a bronze medal, and the American 4 × 100 m relay team won gold with a time of 38.61 s.At year's end, Lewis was ranked 6th in the world in the long jump and 7th in the 100 m.

later on he joined the olympics in 1979 then 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 and subsequently retired. He is one of only three Olympic athletes who won a gold medal in the same event in four consecutive Olympic Games.

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