Off-track duties keep Lewis on run Olympic star promoting his book today in Towson

Track and Field

February 22, 1997|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,SUN STAFF

The competitive fires are barely smoldering now. Carl Lewis may do more than run for a bus, but any running he does is going to be fun.

That is King Carl's vow, that he is moving onto other things now that his track career is all but over. He has no intention of fashioning an encore of last year, when, at the age of 35 and on his fifth Olympic team, he won the long jump at the Atlanta Olympics for his ninth gold medal.

Lewis will be at Borders Books and Music in Towson today from 2-3 p.m. to trumpet and sign copies of his new book, "One More Victory Lap," his diary of an Olympic year written with Jeffrey Marx (Athletics International, $19.95).

The few meets Lewis enters this year will be in the 100-meter dash, not the 200, not his precious long jump. It will be his world farewell tour.

"The 100 is the easiest of all events to prepare for, and I had a lot of success in it," Lewis said. "I want this to be fun, not just competition."

Lewis had never kept a diary, but in December 1995 he began a journal to record his workouts, training, diet, feelings and other // factors related to performance.

"It evolved into a book," he said. "Once we decided on that, we needed a title, before the Olympic trials last June."

Lewis and Marx settled on "One More Victory Lap," not because Lewis was presumptuous but because if he didn't win, it could still be considered a victory.

"If I hadn't made the team, that would have ended the book idea right there," Lewis said. "If I hadn't won, it would still be a good story -- what it took to get to Atlanta."

Lewis doesn't lack for activities. He makes appearances, does commercials, helps spearhead three primary charities, notably organ donation awareness, and is an aspiring actor.

"In shape my whole life," he will fashion a fitness guide as well.

Lewis will remain on the move, if not on the track. Since the Olympics, he has averaged only two or three days a week at home in Houston.

Pub Date: 2/22/97

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