Steve Lewis biography

Steve Lewis

Olympic athlete

1969 –


Who is Steve Lewis?

Steven Earl Lewis is a former American track and field athlete, winner of three gold medals at the 1988 Summer Olympics and 1992 Summer Olympics.

Born in Los Angeles, California, Steve Lewis took up track at Sutter Middle School and later went to Banning High School. He transferred to American High School in Fremont, California following his sophomore year, where he graduated in 1987. While at American he competed in track and field and still holds the Mission Valley Athletic League record in the 400 meters. He won the CIF California State Meet in 1986 and 1987. He would go on to attend UCLA. As a freshman at UCLA, Lewis had a spectacular year in 1988, when the precocious 19-year-old not only completely rewrote the world junior all-time list in the 400 m, but also proved his mettle in senior competition, by winning the Olympic gold medal.

Lewis had not been a total unknown prior to 1988, having set a personal best of 45.76 at the 1987 USA national junior championships, but he caught many unawares when he won his quarter-final at the USA Olympic Trials with new world junior record of 44.61, and then slashed this time the following day, when he won his semi-final in 44.11.


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May 16, 1969
Los Angeles
Also known as
  • Льюис, Стив
  • United States of America
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • American High School

on July 23, 2013

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