It’s too early to know if Carl Lewis will one day be considered a legendary track coach.

The nine-time Olympic gold medalist set the bar so high, and for so long, as a sprinter and long jumper that it seems his second act in athletics can only be a step down. But he maintains the same intense drive to lead current and future athletes to stardom.

In an October article written by Nick Zaccardi of, Lewis is quoted as saying, “My legacy as a jumper will not be how far I jumped. My legacy will be how far the people I coached jumped. I’m putting that pressure on myself.”

Source: Lewis brings storied career back to track as coach | The Japan Times