LEWIS Carlton (1961) United States / Track and field
One of the greatest, if not the greatest Olympic champions of all times.From 1984 to 1996, the US sprinter won no less than 9 gold medals for sprinting and long jump, including four at the Los Angeles games. A remarkable athlete and an exceptionally good son, he slipped one of his medals into his father's coffin and promised him that he would win more. He kept his promise, probably even more than he hoped he would.Benefiting from the disqualification of Canadian Ben Johnson at Seoul in 1988, Lewis became a double Olympic champion, winning the 100 m and the long jump. Even though Johnson had been disqualified for using drugs, Lewis comforted him.He was triple Olympic champion in Barcelona as part of the teams for the 4x100 and 4x400 relays, also taking gold in the long jump for the third consecutive time. Unfortunately, Lewis was unable to hold on to his 100 m title, as he had missed the stringent US selections just a few months before the games.But the great champions finest exploit was at Atlanta in 1996, when he won his fourth long jump gold. He might have hoped to win a tenth gold medal with the US relay team in the 4x100 m, but the trainers did not want him... and the Americans were beaten in the final by the Canadians. A champion like Lewis surely deserved more consideration !