"The success that I had as an athlete was based on being focused, organized and prepared. "
Michael Johnson is the best 200/400-meter sprinter in the history of the sport of track and field. Johnson's progressions through the ranks of track and field were swift and stunning! A dual event world champion, the likes of which were never seen before, Johnson surpassed legends and surged to the top of record books.
He began his career as a corporate motivational speaker in 1997, shortly after making history at the 1996 Olympics when he become the first man to ever win gold at 200 meters and 400 meters. So impressive was his performance under so much pressure that he was soon being sought by some of the largest companies in the world to share his formula for success. He has also appeared as a television commentator and personality, working for BBC sports.
At the 2000 Olympic Games, Johnson again dazzled the world under the stadium lights in Sydney when he became the first sprinter in history to win consecutive Olympic gold medals in the 400 meter. To top off his career total of 18 gold medals, Johnson earned the grand number 19 in the 4x400m relay. Johnson chose to end his career after his double Olympic gold medal effort at the 2000 Olympic games, with an impressive total of 19 championship gold medals.
Since his retirement, Johnson has excelled as a keynote speaker, having worked with such companies as Microsoft, UBS, Sony and Proctor & Gamble to name a few. Johnson's appeal is global, taking him to such places as Australia, Europe, South Africa, and China to motivate and inspire employees of some of the world's leading organizations.
Johnson has also founded a successful sport management and consulting company, Ultimate Performance, working with clients ranging from the Chinese Athletic Association to some of the most successful NFL football players. He represents some of the top track and field athletes in the world, including his successor in the 400 meter, 2004 Olympic and 2005 World Champion Jeremy Wariner.
Johnson graduated with a bachelor's in marketing degree from Baylor University, and currently serves as the president of Michael Johnson Performance, a training facility in McKinney, Texas.
Michaels' charity is the Laureus Sport For Good Foundation
Michael is playing for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, which is a charity supported by himself and 40 other retired athletes from around the globe. Laureus raises money for projects in different parts of the world, which utilize sport as a tool for social change. Michael is extremely dedicated to Laureus and has even sat as a trustee of the foundation since its inception in 2003. He's also visited projects for Laureus in Morocco, China, India and Kenya.