Frederick Carlton ("Carl") Lewis (born July 1, 1961) is a
retired American track and field athlete who won 10 Olympic medals
including 9 golds, and 10 World Championships medals, of which 8
were golds, in a career that spanned from 1979 when he first
achieved a world ranking to 1996 when he last won an Olympic title
and subsequently retired.
Lewis was a dominant sprinter and long jumper who topped the
world rankings in the 100 m, 200 m and long jump events frequently
from 1981 to the early 1990s, was named Athlete of the Year by
Track and Field News in 1982, 1983 and 1984, and set world records
in the 100 m, 4 x 100 m and 4 x 200 m relays. His 65 consecutive
victories in the long jump achieved over a span of 10 years is one
of the sport's longest undefeated streaks. As a measure of his
competitive accomplishments, his only two losses in the Olympics
and World Championships prior to 1993 were to a world record (long
jump in 1991) and a low-altitude world best (200 m in 1988).