Legends of the Sport Appearance
Nine-time gold medalist Carl Lewis will lead a trio of America's most
celebrated Olympic champions Wednesday at the opening ceremonies of the USA
Track & Field National Junior Olympic Championships at the Irwin Belk Track on
the campus of North Carolina A&T State University.
Lewis will be joined by Dan O'Brien, the 1996 decathlon champion and American
record holder, and Joanna Hayes, the 2004 100-meter hurdles champ, at the
ceremonies, which celebrate the 43rd edition of the national meet.
Hayes said, "It's so important for us to encourage young athletes. Who knows
who's the next Olympic champion that I might be able to inspire to work a little
harder and to stay on the right path to success."
North Carolina's Crystal Cox, who won Olympic gold in 2004 on the women's 4x400
relay, will be at the meet Saturday. Cox is most recently known for her
appearance on the hit CBS reality show Survivor: Gabon in 2008, making it to the
The USATF Junior Olympic program is the world's most visible youth athlete
developmental program, with almost 70,000 competitors nationwide each year.
The national championships feature more than 6,000 of those athletes competing
in five age divisions for each gender.