Carl Lewis was born 1st July 1961 in Birmingham, Alabama, US. He became one of the greatest track and field stars of all time. His career spanned from 1979 to 1996 and included nine Olympic gold medals. His performance at the 1984 Olympics earned him four gold medals in the 100m, 200m, Long Jump and 4*100 metre relay – an achievement equalling that of Jesse Owens in the 1936 Olympics. He has been voted Sportsman of the Century by the International Olympic Committee IOC.