By: Kara Gilmour - Staff Writer
Published: Apr 23, 2021

Olympic Champions Where Are they Now?

Olympic Champions Where Are they Now? They were Olympic Champions yesterday, but now most of them have regular jobs. This is our “Where are they now” list of people winning the Gold to Silver medals.

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Mike Powell set the world long jump record of 8.95 meters (29-feet, 4.5 inches) at the 1991 World Championships. Powell recently ended three years as men’s and women’s jumps coach at UCLA. He currently serves as a track and field ambassador for the IAAF and coaches individual athletes.

Olympic Champions Where Are they Now

Bob Beamon destroyed the world long jump record with his leap of 8.90 meters (29.feet, 2.5 inches) at the 1968 Olympics, beating the previous world mark by almost two feet. Beamon has worked in business, public relations and done motivational speeching. Among his current interests is the Bob Beamon Organization for Youth, a non-profit organization designed to benefit children.

Carl Lewis earned nine Olympic gold medals, two in the 100, one (plus a silver) in the 200, four in the long jump and two in the 4 x 100- meter relay, in addition to eight world championships. Lewis now lives in Los Angeles. As an actor he’s appeared as himself and as various characters in many productions.

Wyomia Tyus was the first woman to repeat as the Olympic 100-meter champion, winning gold medals in 1964 and ’68. She also earned two Olympic medals in the 4 x 100 relay, winning a gold in 1968 and a silver in ’64. Tyus won the 200 at the 1967 Pan-American Games and won eight national AAU championships. Tyus has worked as a track coach and was a founding member of the Women’s Sports Foundation. She’s worked with the U.S. Olympic Committee, the Black Studies Center at UCLA and the Los Angeles Unified School District.


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