Maybe this is how Carl Lewis got his start.
On Saturday, Largo held its annual Little Olympians competition at Highland Recreation Complex.
After the patriotic opening ceremonies, 30 children from around Pinellas County vied for gold medals in activities like Big Wheel racing, beanbag throwing, a 50-yard dash and a foam hurdle jump.
"Everyone was a winner,'' said Kinsit Cooley, recreation program coordinator at Highland Recreation. "This event instills self-esteem, teamwork and drive.
"They have such a positive outcome that it makes them leave wanting to do other athletic activities.''
Each of the athletes, ranging in age from 3 to 6, received an Olympic medal complete with a red, white and blue ribbon before exiting the Olympic arena, a.k.a. the gymnasium at Highland Recreation, for a post-game snack.