Carl Lewis to share his memories at ISIC event

Filed on November 12, 2019
Carl Lewis

Lewis will be sharing his "Champion Experience" in the final session of the conference to be held on Nov. 18

Carl Lewis, one of the most celebrated athletes in Olympic history, will headline next week's International Sports Innovation Conference alongside other prominent sports champions and champions of tolerance from around the world.

Lewis - winner of nine Olympic gold medals and a silver in a storied track and field career - will be sharing his "Champion Experience" in the final session of the conference to be held on Nov. 18 at the Hilton Al Habtoor.

The only man to successfully defend an Olympic long jump title, Lewis is one of only three Olympic athletes to win a gold medal in the same individual event - Long Jump in his case - in four consecutive Olympic Games. The others on that elite list are Danish sailor Paul Elvstrøm, discus thrower Al Oerter of the US and his compatriot, swimmer Michael Phelps.

Besides the four Long Jump gold medals at the Olympic Games, Lewis won the 100, 200m and 4x100m relay gold on his Olympic debut at home in Los Angeles in 1984 to match Jesse Owens' feat of winning four gold medals in the same events at a single Olympic Games (1936 Berlin).

Four years later in 1988 Seoul, Lewis defended his 100m crown and bagged a silver in the 200m, and in 1992 Barcelona, he added another 4x100m relay gold to his collection.

Lewis' haul of nine Olympic gold medals puts him in second place - alongside Paavo Nurmi, Larisa Latynina, and Mark Spitz - on the list of most Olympic gold medals won by an individual, behind Phelps's astounding aggregate of 23 golds. His 65 consecutive victories in the long jump, achieved over a span of 10 years, is one of the sport's longest undefeated streaks.


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