Carl won nine gold and one silver medal in four Olympic games from 1984 to 1996 for track. He is best known for competing in the long jump where his 65 consecutive victories in the long jump spanned over 10 years and is one of the sport's longest undefeated streaks.
Over the course of his athletic career, Lewis broke ten seconds for the 100 meters 15 times, and 20 seconds for the 200 meters 10 times. Lewis also long jumped over 28 feet 71 times. After the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, where he won a gold medal, Carl decided to retire in 1997.