Maria Lewis is the wife of former track and field Olympian, Carl Lewis. Her 55-year-old hubby is considered by many to be the greatest track & field athlete of all time. But we all know behind every great man, there is an even greater woman, let’s find out more about Maria Lewis.
Maria’s husband was born Frederick Carleton “Carl” Lewis on July 1, 1961 in Birmingham, Alabama. His sister is long jumper, Carol Lewis.
During his Olympic career Lewis won, nine Olympic gold medals, 10 Olympic medals, and eight gold medals at the World Championships. Lewis participated in four Olympic games and is also the only man who has won the long jump Olympic title four consecutive times (Los Angeles 1984, Seoul 1998, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996).
His Olympic gold medals came in 1984 (100 metres, 200 metres, 4×100 metres relay, long jump), 1988 (100 metres, long jump), 1992 (4×100 metres relay, long jump), and 1996 (long jump).
At the World Athletics Championships, Lewis won the 100 metres, long jump and ran on the winning 4×100 relay team in 1983 and 1987.
Lewis also competed at the 1993 World Championships, finishing third in the 200. At the Pan American Games he won bronze (1979) and gold (1987) in long jump and was also a member of the gold medal winning 4×100 relay team (with [Lee McNeill], [Harvey Glance], and the non-Olympian Lee McRae) in 1987.
Lewis twice set individual world records at 100 metres (1988, 1991). In addition to his 1991 World Championships personal best, Lewis was denied that record in 1982, when he won the USOC National Sports Festival. Lewis had a jump estimated by most knowledgeable observers to be beyond 30 feet (9.14), but it was controversially ruled a foul, although no mark was found on the plasticine beyond the take-off mark.
He held the world record in the men’s 100-meter dash in 1991, until Burrell broke the record in 1994. The two were also a part of the US 4×100 relay team that broke the world record during the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
Lewis is also an assistant coach for his alma mater, the University of Houston’s track and field program. He still holds the school records for the indoor 55-meter dash (6.07) and both indoor and outdoor long jump records 8.56m (28′-1″) and 8.62m (28′-3.5″). A six-time All-American, Lewis won six national championships and nine individual conference championships during his two seasons at Houston.
As for his wife, Maria Lewis, unfortunately not much can be found on her. Despite her husband famous status as one of the greatest athletes, Maria Lewis is virtually unknown.
However, she and her husband are the proud parents of one son. Maria Lewis is the proud mother of Bakim Lewis.
Bakim Lewis, joined the Army and graduated from basic combat training in 2015.
Carl Lewis attended graduation to show his support for his new Soldier, saying
“This is just pretty amazing to see all these parents come together from all (over) the world and watch their child graduate to become a Soldier.”
According to his Facebook, Bakim Lewis is also into the music business. The 22-year-old is an audio engineer at Mediatech Instituto in Houston.