Another classic example of a Neecha Bhanga raja yoga, and how the Neecha Bhanga can never be perfect is to study the example of Carl lewis.
Frederick Carlton “Carl” Lewis (born July 1, 1961) is an American former track and field athlete and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, who won 10 Olympic medals including 9 gold, and 10 World Championships medals, including 8 gold. His career spanned from 1979 when he first achieved a world ranking to 1996 when he last won an Olympic title and subsequently retired. Lewis became an actor and has appeared in a number of films.
Lewis was one of the biggest sporting celebrities in the world by the start of 1984, but owing to track and field’s relatively low profile in America, Lewis was not nearly as well known there. The 1984 Olympic games in Los Angeles would make Lewis a household name in America.
Lewis and agent Joe Douglas, founder and manager of the Santa Monica Track Club of which Lewis was a member, frequently discussed his wish to match Jesse Owens’ feat of winning four gold medals at a single Olympic Games and to “cash in” afterward with the lucrative endorsement deals which surely would follow. As it turned out, the former proved far more easily accomplished than the latter, at least in America.
Lewis started his quest to match Owens with a convincing win in the 100m, running 9.99 s to handily defeat his nearest competitor, fellow American Sam Graddy, by .20s. In his next event, the long jump, Lewis won with relative ease. But his approach to winning this event stoked controversy, even as knowledgeable observers agreed his approach was the correct one. Since Lewis still had heats and finals in the 200m and the 4×100m relay to compete in, he chose to take as few jumps as necessary to win the event. He risked injury in the cool conditions of the day if he over-extended himself, and his ultimate goal to win four golds might be at risk. His first jump at 8.54m was, he knew, sufficient to win the event. He took one more jump, a foul, then passed his remaining four allotted jumps. He handily won gold, as silver medalist Gary Honey of Australia’s best jump was 8.24 m. But the public was generally unaware of the intricacies of the sport and had been repeatedly told by the media of Lewis’ quest to surpass Bob Beamon’s legendary long jump record of 8.90 m. Lewis himself had often stated it was a goal of his to surpass the mark. A television ad with Beamon appeared before the final, featuring the record-holder saying, “I hope you make it, kid.” So, when Lewis decided not to make any more attempts to try to break the record, he was roundly booed. When asked about those boos, Lewis said, “I was shocked at first. But after I thought about it, I realized that they were booing because they wanted to see more of Carl Lewis. I guess that’s flattering.”
His third gold medal came in the 200 m, where he again won handily in a time of 19.80 s, a new Olympic record and the third fastest time in history. Finally, he won his fourth gold when the 4 × 100 m relay team he anchored finished in a time of 37.83 s, a new world record eclipsing the record he helped set the year before at the World Championships.
Lewis had achieved what he had set out to do. He had matched Jesse Owens’ legendary feat of winning four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics, and he had done so with relative ease. However, Lewis had also expected to win lucrative endorsement deals, but few if any were forthcoming in America. The long jump controversy was one reason. And, Lewis’ self-congratulatory conduct did not impress several other track stars. “He rubs it in too much,” said Edwin Moses, twice Olympic gold medalist in the 400 m hurdles. “A little humility is in order. That’s what Carl lacks.” Further, Lewis’ agent Joe Douglas compared him to pop star Michael Jackson, a comparison which did not go over well. Douglas said he was inaccurately quoted, but the impression that Lewis was aloof and egotistical was firmly planted in the public’s perception by the end of the 1984 Olympic Games.
The final tally at the 1984 Olympics? –
Gold 100 m
Gold 200 m
Gold 4×100 m relay
Gold Long jump
Coca-Cola had offered a lucrative deal to Lewis before the Olympics, but Lewis and Douglas turned it down, confident that Lewis would be worth more after the Olympics. But Coke rescinded the offer after the Games. Nike had Lewis under contract for several years already, despite questions about how it affected his amateur status, and he was appearing in Nike television ads, in print, and on billboards. After the Games and faced with Lewis’ new negative image, Nike dropped him. “If you’re a male athlete, I think the American public wants you to look macho,” said Don Coleman, a Nike representative.“They started looking for ways to get rid of me,” Lewis said. “Everyone there was so scared and so cynical they didn’t know what to do.” (Lewis and Nike eventually did split, and Lewis signed an endorsement deal with Mizuno.) Lewis himself would lay the blame on some inaccurate reporting, especially the “Carl bashing,” as he put it, typified by a Sports Illustrated article before the Olympics.
The dasha during olympics was Guru / Guru / Budha / Shani. Now see the strength of the Neecha Bhanga.
1. Guru is in a Kendra from the Lagna,
2. Guru is in a Kendra from the Lagna lord,
3. The lord of the Rasi, where Guru is debilitated is in a Kendra,
4. The lord of the Rasi, where Guru is debilitated is in a Kendra from the lagna lord,
5. The lord of the Rasi where Guru is exalted, Chandra, is in a Kendra from the lagna and Guru,
And still, after this great victory, he still had to deal with the Lack of endorsements and public perception.