Olympic Legend Carl Lewis: Athletes Need to Reinvent Themselves (VIDEO)

[ 0 ] February 24, 2014 |

Now that the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics are over, what happens to all of those athletes? Olympic legend Carl Lewis talks about how athletes need to evolve to stay successful in business and life

The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics are over. The Olympic Closing Ceremonies were held Sunday night, and athletes from all over the globe saidusaolympics goodbye to the Russian city, while the International Olympic Committee and many Olympics already have their sites on Pyeongchang in South Korea – the site of the 2018 Winter Games. The United States brought home a total of 28 medals in the Soschi Winter Games – fourth places in the medal count behind Russian, Norway and Canada, respectively.

So what do Olympic athletes do now? Now that the competition and all of the training that led them to these Games is over? Reinvent themselves – especially if this was their last Games.

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Ten-time medal winner Carl Lewis told genConnect that as an Olympic runner, his coach taught him to focus and practice in all the elements, so that he would be prepared for whatever came his way. “When every single race was over – win or lose – the first thing we would do is analyze the race, and then we’d celebrate.” That process works well in the rest of life, as well – and can benefit athletes after their Games are over. Watch Carl Lewis discuss how Olympic athletes can learn how to reinvent themselves after the Games:

“How do I stay successful? I keep successful by evolving,” Lewis says. “I keep that same focus, preparation, attention to detail, but also, don’t take it so seriously.” Be friends with your competitors – in sport, business and life, in general – Lewis says, and it will make you a happier person.

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When it comes to how to prepare for success as an athlete while you’re young? Lewis has this advice for youth:


Silver medal women’s skeleton winner Noelle Pikus-Pace

1) Try multiple sports, and have fun with it.

2) Parents: Sit in the stands, let your kids enjoy their experience.

3) You never know what’s going to happen. “There’s zero correlation between youth success and adult success.”

4.) And, of course, in any type of work or activity you are involved in, surround yourself with people who support you and your goals.

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“It is impossible, no matter how successful you are, to ever have success by yourself,” Lewis says. “You always need someone around you and embrace that because it will make you a better person and a better athlete.”

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About Carl Lewis: Carl Lewis was born in Birmingham, Alabama, US on 1st July 1961. He become one of the greatest track and field stars of al time. His career spanned from 1979 to 1996 and included 9 [...]
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