Michael Johnson Olympic Legend Motivational Speaker
Michael Johnson is an iconic figure on the world's sporting stage. During his career Michael Johnson was dedicated to world class training and established a record of 13 Olympic and World Championship medals, all of them gold, and broke world records in the 200 meters, 400 meters and 4 x 400-meter relay. Michael Johnson is the only male in history to win consecutive Olympic Gold medals in the 400m, and the only male to win Olympic Gold in both the 200m and 400m. His name is a by-word for determination, dedication, goal setting, focus, technique, professionalism, gravitas and above all, the highest standards of performance. His passion now is to bring out that capacity for world class performance in others. Whether that be working with athletes on the track or executives in the boardroom, Michael's dedication to realising potential and achieving personal bests is universally powerful.
Michael Johnson is now a leading corporate motivational speaker, having worked with such companies as Microsoft, Sony, UBS, Bank of Scotland, and Proctor and Gamble, and has achieved success as a television commentator and personality, working for BBC sport.
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Michael Johnson Olympic Legend Motivational and Inspirational Speaker
Michael Johnson Olympic legend Motivational and Inspirational Speaker
Michael Johnson Four time Olympic Gold Medallist and 200/400m sprinting legend
The best 200/400 metre sprinter in the history of the sport of track & field, Michael 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, he dominated the international scene winning a spectacular 19 international gold medals without a single silver or bronze.
As an athlete, Michael Johnson accomplished many firsts, including becoming the first man ever to be ranked No 1 in the world at both 200 metres and 400 metres, the first man to win both events at an Olympic Games and the first man to win consecutive Olympic gold medals in the 400m. Johnson broke the world record for 200m and 400m during his career and retired in 2000 with four Olympic gold medals and nine World Championship gold medals to his name.
Michael Johnson credits his achievements to a consistent philosophy of success that he applied over his 11 year career. He learnt early on that the amount of success he experienced was directly related to his level of effort, but beyond that he worked on the principle that to be successful in anything an individual must start with a goal. Only the individual can determine what success means for them. For him it was not being the fastest man, but becoming the best athlete that he could possibly be. It was this goal that enabled him to map out the steps he had to take, and motivated him to train hard every day and to commit to the sacrifices involved.
As he learnt more about his strengths and weaknesses as an individual he was able to adapt that plan, learning how to overcome obstacles and how to achieve his personal best while competing under tremendous pressure.
Post athletics Michael Johnson has taken the philosophy of success honed during his career and applied it to various business ventures, including Michael Johnson Performance, a sports performance training company that provides training and consulting to professional athletes and sports teams all over the world. His sport management company, Ultimate Performance, represents some of the top track and field athletes in the world, and his other business adventures include various real estate and hotel development projects.
Michael Johnson has also gone on to establish himself as a leading corporate motivational speaker, having worked with such companies as Microsoft, Sony, UBS, Bank of Scotland, and Proctor and Gamble, and has achieved success as a television commentator and personality, working for BBC sport. Away from the corporate world he serves on the board of the Laureus World Sports Academy, whose Sport For Good Foundation seeks to achieve social change through the use of sport for children affected by social and political hardships.
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Michael Johnson currently lives in San Francisco, California, with his wife and young son Sebastian.
Michael Johnson Olympic legend Motivational Speaker