Carl Lewis is one of the most proficient American track and field athletes, having won 9 Olympic gold medals and 8 World Championship gold medals. His career lasted from 1979 to 1996; he is one of the few Olympic athletes that have managed to win a gold medal in the same individual event in four consecutive Olympic Games, which makes him one of the best long-jumpers in history. From 1990 Carl Lewis follows a vegan diet he states has improved his performance.
In his conferences, Carl Lewis encourages others to never give up and to always do their best by sharing his personal experiences that prove how resilience, determination and self-discipline helped him becoming one of the best athletes in history. Moreover, he uses his relevance as a speaker to promote education and health, especially aiming to empower youth, adults and families alike. He promotes vegetarianism and healthy habits in his talks, too.
Carl Lewis had a hard time starting off his sports career as many thought he was not good enough for competition. Not wanting to give up, Carl Lewis believed in himself and trained determined to prove those rumors wrong. By the end of his high school years, he was the best student athlete in the US.
Lewis had been selected to join the US team at the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games, but the US boycott to the games postponed his debut until the 1984 Los Angeles games. The last Olympic Games he took part in were the 1996 Atlanta games. Having started a successful vegan diet in 1990, Lewis felt urge to promote healthy habits. Due to this, he has his own foundation, the Carl Lewis Foundation, and he has become a FAO Goodwill Ambassador in 2009.
- Keeping a positive attitude: believing in yourself and working for your dreams
- Healthy habits and personal empowerment: sports, diet and education
- Raise awareness about the Millennium Development Goals