Michael Johnson won four Olympic gold medals and eight World Championships gold medals and currently holds the world and Olympic records in the 400 m.
His 200 metre time of 19.32 at the 1996 Summer Olympics stood as the record for over 12 years.
Johnson was noted for his unique running style. His stiff upright stance and very short steps defied the conventional wisdom which stated that a high knee lift was essential for maximum speed.
In 1997 Johnson began appearing in Nike television advertisements in which he was billed as “the world’s fastest man” as a result of his 200 meter world record.
At the 1998 Goodwill Games in New York, Johnson anchored the U.S. 4 x 400 m relay team with Jerome Young, Antonio Pettigrew, and Tyree Washington to a win, setting a world record of 2:54.20.
Johnson ended his career at the 2000 Summer Olympics by winning the gold medal in the 400 m, bringing his total number of Olympic gold medals to four. By winning the 400 m, he earned the distinction of being the oldest gold medalist at any track event shorter than 5000 m in Olympic history.
Johnson was elected to the United States Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2004, where his 200 m performance at the 1996 Olympics was named the greatest track and field moment of the last 25 years.
Johnson’s sport management company, Ultimate Performance, serves as agent for track and field athletes.
One of the most respected figures in athletics history, Michael Johnson is in demand as a motivational speaker and event host.