Ben Johnson vs. Carl Lewis: Don't get ahead of yourself

Track and Field Olympic Gold Medalist Carl Lewis.

The 1988 Olympic games were a fond memory of mine for one reason - Canada's Ben Johnson vs. USA's Carl Lewis in the men's 100 meter sprint. The two sprinters had been battling for years and finally had their chance to face-off in the Olympics. Ben Johnson got out to a quick lead and never looked back. And the rest is history ...

Johnson's Gold Medal was taken away from him after he tested positive for steroid use. The Gold went to runner-up Carl Lewis and Johnson wasn't heard from in the racing world again. It was never really clear if Johnson was using steroids just to beat Lewis or if he was using them to come back from two recent injuries to his legs. Johnson's trainer claimed that the sprinter had been using the juice since 1981. No matter how it went down, Johnson infamously disgraced the sport on that day back in 1988 in Seoul, Korea.

I will always remember that race, it has marked some sort of timeline from my childhood. An innocence lost perhaps. Probably not the best Olympic moment, as far as the games are concerned, but one I remember well.

Celebrate the most compelling moments in Summer Games history with 'Memorable Moments' on Yahoo! Sports. Re-live moments such as Nadia Comaneci's perfect 10s in Montreal, Michael Phelps' record eight gold medals in Beijing, Carl Lewis' unforgettable four gold medals in Los Angeles, the spectacular success of the 1992 US Dream Team, Muhammad Ali in Rome and Atlanta, and any more!

These special moments are showcased through exclusive video, iconic photos, and stories on Yahoo!'s hub dedicated to the coverage of the Games. Enjoy the unique storytelling from Yahoo! Sports' award-winning writers and experts, as well as through the lens of Yahoo!'s users themselves.

Check out Memorable Moments on Yahoo! Sports!




X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Denver Stiffs

You must be a member of Denver Stiffs to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Denver Stiffs. You should read them.

Join Denver Stiffs

You must be a member of Denver Stiffs to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Denver Stiffs. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker