About Carol LeGrant Zilli (Lewis)
Carol Lewis was a top long jumper for the United States in the 1980s. She is the sister of Carl Lewis, possibly the greatest ever track & field athlete; both the children of Evelyn Lawler, who competed for the US at the 1951 Pan American Games. Carol Lewis won a bronze medal in the long jump at the 1983 World Athletics Championships, was third at the 1985 World Cup, and 1981, won a gold medal at the World University Games as a member of the 4×100 relay team. Lewis won 11 national titles in the long jump – TAC outdoors in 1982-83, and 1985; TAC indoors in 1981, 1983-85, 1987, and 1991; and NCAA titles in 1983 and 1985, while competing for the University of Houston.
She first competed internationally at the 1980 Olympic Boycott Games, taking the silver medal with a jump of 6.60 meters. After winning the Olympic Trials, she represented the United States at the 1984 Summer Olympics and managed to finish in ninth place, aged twenty. She represented the US at the Olympics for a third time, but failed to qualify for the final at the 1988 Olympics.
Following her retirement from track and field, she went on to work as a commentator for various events for NBC Sports. She commentated on the track events for the 1996, 2000 and 2008 Summer Olympics. In 2000 she began competing in two-woman bobsled and, although she failed to make the 2002 US Olympic team, she served as Shauna Rohbock's brakeman at the 2002 World Cup in Calgary.
- American Women's Track and Field, 1981-2000: A History, Volume 2. By Louise Mead Tricard. Interview with Carol Lewis, page 58-66.