Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson - The Ambassadors

Olympic Gold Medallist

The best 200/400 meter sprinter in the history of the sport of track & 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 of years gone by.

As an athlete, Johnson dominated the international scene, from 1990 – 2000, accomplishing many firsts along the way, including becoming the first man ever to be ranked #1 in the world at both 200 meters and 400 meters, winning world championships in both events and in 1996 becoming the first man to win both events at an Olympic Games.  Johnson broke the world record for 200 meters and 400 meters during his career. Johnson ended his career in 2000 with a perfect record of gold medals having won four Olympic gold medals and nine World Championship gold medals during his career.

Johnson has not been distracted by the opportunities his immense talent has offered him. He has been a role model for children, aspiring athletes, and professionals everywhere. Since his retirement from sports, Johnson has gone on to establish himself as a leading corporate motivational speaker, having worked with such companies as Microsoft, Sony, UBS Bank, Bank of Scotland, and Proctor and Gamble.  He has also achieved success as a television commentator and personality, working for BBC sports, and presenting documentaries for Sky Sports.  Accordingly, in 2002, Johnson was awarded the “Television Pundit of the Year Award” by the UK’s Royal Television Society.  In addition, he is a regular contributor in the Daily Telegraph sports section. 

Johnson has also taken the lessons he learned to be successful during his athletic career and applied those to his various business ventures, including Michael Johnson Performance, a sports performance training company which trains some of the top professional athletes in American sport as well as youth athletes in its state of the art training facility located in Dallas, Texas.  His Ultimate Performance, sport management company represents some of the top track and field athletes in the world, including Johnson’s successor at 400 meters, 2004 Olympic and 2005 World Champion, Jeremy Wariner.  Johnson’s other business adventures include various real estate development projects.  Johnson also spends time raising funds and awareness of various youth focused charities to benefit disadvantaged young people in the US and around the world.

Johnson currently lives in San Francisco, California, with his young son Sebastian Johnson.

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