Thursday, February 21, 2013

3 Olympians Who Redefined Their Sport

Carl Lewis was a one-man world-beater throughout the 1980s and 1990s as a member of the US Olympic team. The modern-day super athlete who was chosen as "Olympian of the Century" by Sports Illustrated magazine and given an equal honor by the international Olympic Committee is likely the single most dominant athlete and influential force of the 20th century.

Lewis arrived on the scene in the early 80s and dominated the 1983 World Championships in Helsinki before cruising to victory in four major track events at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Lewis asserted his abilities in 1988 in Seoul, South Korea and again in 1992 in Barcelona before making a final appearance at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, where he attained Gold in the long jump. Lewis has been a motivating factor for many who have walked his path in the years since, but none of them have been able to come close to the breath of accomplishments that the Birmingham, Alabama native has achieved.

Michael Phelps World Record OlympicsThree years before Michael Phelps turned 30, he retired from the competitive swimming ranks as the single most successful aquatic Olympian of all time. The 6'4", 194-pound beast of the pool has certainly inspired millions of young Americans to take to the waters in hopes of one day achieving a similar slice of fame and success. Youngsters all over the nation are anxious to learn how to swim, and is an excellent place for parents to find swimming instructors who can teach their kids valuable swimming skills. Nobody can guarantee that your child will become the next Michael Phelps, but you will certainly be given the peace of mind that comes with knowing they can handle themselves in the water.

Dick Fosbury actually began to change the track and field event high jump while he was still in high school. Driven by natural inclination, he developed a way of clearing the bar that essentially became the norm in just a few years’ time. By launching himself upwards while keeping his back essentially parallel to the ground, he was able to achieve heights that classical jumping methods simply could not produce. Once the general public caught on to what would soon become known as the "Fosbury Flop," high school and college track coaches begin to teach the technique to youths coming up through the sport, and it has long since been the only method used in the Olympics.

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