Photo by Jennifer Ihrig
Olympic long jumper Carl Lewis works out at Robertson Stadium Monday.
Daily Cougar Staff
Houston Cougars track and field coach Tom Tellez won't be leading any current UH student athletes into the Olympics, but the most famous athlete he coaches was back in Houston Monday.
Carl Lewis, who will compete in the Olympic long jump competition, was in Atlanta for the opening ceremonies.
"It was pretty neat," he said. "It was more than I had seen in any of the games."
One of the biggest surprises was former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali being given the honor of lighting the Olympic torch with the flame that had traveled all the way from Greece, site of the first Olympic Games.
"Nobody knew (he was picked to light the flame)," Lewis said.
Lewis said he was impressed with the American swimming and gymnastics teams over the weekend.
"I thought the gymnasts have been doing very well," he said.
Lewis wasn't ready to start counting medals for the American track team just yet.
Track events begin Friday for what many believe to be a strong American contingent, but Lewis would not predict how well they would do overall.
"To be honest, it's very hard to say," he said.
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