Olympics Los Angeles

Olympic champions Carl Lewis, holder of nine Olympic gold medals in track and field joins Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, right, at podium, and city officials and former Olympians at a news conference after the City Council members voted 12-0 to endorse documents at the heart of its plan to stage the Summer Olympics for the third time since 1932, in Los Angeles. The vote took place less than two weeks after the city announced an agreement with international Olympic leaders ceding the 2024 Games to rival Paris, while opening the way for Los Angeles to host the 2028 Games. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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The New Orleans Saints brought in an Olympic visitor to talk to the team on Sunday.

Carl Lewis, the nine-time Olympic gold medalist in the sprints and long jump, made an appearance at the team's Metairie facilities, watching practice. 

Lewis was also expected to talk to the team after practice.

"He's just a guest, we had him in for the afternoon meeting," Saints coach Sean Payton said. 

Lewis, a two-time winner of the 100-meter dash and a four-time gold medalist in the long jump, represents a living legend, a man whose reputation as a world-class athlete looms large. 

Even the self-proclaimed fastest man on the Saints didn't want to test Lewis, who is 56 now and far from the height of his powers. 

"Not at all," wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. said. "I've probably got him, but I'm going to let him live."

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