POSTED: August 11th 2017

Carl Lewis revives his Olympic Dream for LA 2028

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) American track star Carl Lewis stars in this latest series of videos by LA 2028 as he celebrates the 33rd anniversary of athletics legend's 1984 4th gold medal win matching Jesse Owens' record at the 1984 Games, winning his fourth gold medal and setting a new world record in the 4 x 100 m relay.

The teaser video "Building our Legacy" narrated by Lewis is a series that captures memories from athletes and volunteers from the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games and builds excitement for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Olympic champion Lewis is a member of LA 2028 Athletes' Advisory Commission and recalled how the Games were a people magnet bringing people together. He looks forward to sharing the magic with the next generation of athletes for LA 2028.

He said, "I would love to bring my son back, and my grandchildren, to be able to say hey, your grandad ran in this place years ago. I just hope that I can share those moments with them."

The series will officially launch tomorrow on the anniversary of the 1984 Closing Ceremony. In the upcoming videos Olympians, Paralympians, volunteers, and staff will share their 1984 memories and their excitement about the prospect of making new memories in 2028. 

LA 2028 issued a statement that "Building our Legacy" is LA 2028's fifth video series, adding to "Legends of LA," "Coming Home," "Going for Gold," and the ongoing "What's Not in the Bid Book" series. 

"Angelenos have powerful memories from our magical 1984 Games, and LA 2028's 'Building our Legacy' video series reflects on the past, but also dreams about the possibilities for the future," said LA 2028 Vice Chair and Director of Athlete Relations Janet Evans.

"We at LA 2028 are excited to create our own legacy, which is why we are so excited that our new agreement with the IOC will allow us to increase participation and access to youth sports programs in the City of Los Angeles in the years leading up to the Games."

Los Angeles only recently agreed to host the 2028 Olympic and Paralympics in a race that heated up against Paris for 2024 but wound up in a double awarding of two editions.

The IOC is expected to finalize this agreement next month in Lima, Peru at the 131st Session.

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-six years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.

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