What is Athletics Icon Michael Johnson Doing Now? | Legends Live On

What is Athletics Icon Michael Johnson Doing Now? | Legends Live On

I was able to accomplish and
achieve the sort of consistency and longevity that I did
based on a singular focus of, how do I get the absolute
best out of myself from a performance standpoint? (LEGENDS LIVE ON) He was the youngest
of five children and his mum was a teacher and the other four kids
all have got college degrees and it was a very bright,
well-educated, highly motivated,
high-achieving family. High school
I was a 100, 200m sprinter. Throughout my four years
of my college career I was primarily 200,
and so for the first six years of my professional career, the 200 was the race
that I was more focused on. And when I had to pick one
I would run that one and win it and then have to
sit in the stands and watch someone else
win the other one and feeling like
I could win that, and I didn’t like that feeling. Inside Michael Johnson
there was a lot more going on that he wouldn’t really
let us see. (OLYMPIC GAMES BARCELONA 1992) It was my first Olympics. I was ranked number one in the
world for the past two years, hadn’t lost a race. I was the defending
world champion from 1991 so I was in fantastic shape
that year. I got food poisoning
just before the Games, just sort of wrecked all of
my preparation and condition. Michael Johnson in lane two, Frank Fredericks right next
to him in lane three. Coming down to the top
of the stretch and Adeniken of Nigeria
has a short lead. Now Michael Johnson is really
having to work to get there, as Frank Fredericks wins,
and Johnson, Johnson may not have made
the final four. I wasn’t able to advance – the biggest disappointment
of my life. Frank Fredericks of Bolivia
was the winner of that second semifinal heat
of the 200m. That inability to run
that final in 1992 definitely bothered him and was one of the things that
spurred him onward. OK, so what could I have done
to prevent that? Well, I could have had
my royal food taster, you know, taste all of my food
and then wait 24 hours to see if they still look healthy
or not, and then I’ll decide to eat it, you know,
and that’s just not practical. I had been named as
one of the members of our 4x400m relay team. And I remember we won it
and we got our gold medal and it was just not a good
experience for me at all. I wasn’t there to win a gold
medal as a member of a relay. I didn’t win the medal
that I wanted. Start to question, am I really
as good as I thought I was? “Didn’t get it this year,
we’ll try again next year.” There is no next year
at the Olympics. I don’t think I was poisoned
or sabotaged, but I’ve never thought
about that. Maybe – you never know. I mean, I was beating up
on people pretty bad and maybe they didn’t want me
to win. But they weren’t able to
keep me down for long, if that was the case. (OLYMPIC GAMES ATLANTA 1996) Michael Johnson with his first
steps toward track immortality. We knew the situation. The situation was Michael was
as close to unbeatable as unbeatable can be. Michael Johnson is off and
he’s cruising for the finish. Michael Johnson
coming home all by himself. Michael Johnson
is halfway to history. So there was a group of us really fighting for
the other two medals. When I say I came second
to Michael Johnson, it’s OK. So I’m very fortunate to have been part of
Michael’s history. He changed the 400m event,
no doubt about it, because he was the first
pure sprinter who took on the 400 properly. He made us all realise,
this is a sprint, you’ve got to have speed
to run the really fast times. I remember standing
behind the rostrum and I remember just being aware that Michael
wasn’t in the moment. I remember turning to Michael
and saying, “Are you all right?”
and he said, “Yeah, yeah.” I said, “This is it,
this is why we do this. “Don’t forget to savour
this moment.” And there’s this wonderful
shot of Michael, I think it’s the only time
he ever cried on a rostrum. He blames me for that because he said I snapped him
out of… He was already
thinking about the 200m. (ATLANTA 1996 200M FINAL) Flashbulbs flashing,
Ato Boldon away well, so is Frank Fredericks,
and here comes Michael Johnson. I thought it was going to take breaking the world record
in order to win. Michael Johnson,
running for the line and into Olympic history. I wrote at the time, “He turned the inevitable
into the incredible.” Everybody knew he was
going to win but nobody thought he was
going to run 19.32. I was really focused on
just trying to make history and be the best that there’s
ever been in those two events. As these young kids
come onto the stage, could we give them a good ol’
Aussie g’day and welcome? Stadium Australia in Sydney, Michael Johnson in another
attempt to make history. He would become the first man to win back-to-back
Olympic 400m gold medals. 400m final is under way. I wanted to end my career
on a good note. Wanted to end my career as a
champion, as Olympic champion. Michael Johnson wins another and once again cements his
place as an all-time great. Michael Johnson,
the first to repeat as Olympic 400m champion. In track and field in general I think Michael Johnson
was a name that everyone knew. I appreciate
what he’s done for us and the example
he set out for us and the records that he did
put out there for us, it really motivated myself. There’s probably nothing that
you’re ever going to be able to do in your life
that’s going to top that, so I’m going to have to prepare
myself for another career. We’re focused on
helping athletes be the best athletes
that they can. Michael always gave you the
impression that he was going to be the mechanical engineer
with the pocket liner and the pens in his pocket. He never sleeps. When he does sleep
he’s dreaming about, “What am I going to do
to be better tomorrow?” and so what that does is it almost forces him to
look around at everything, evaluate how it is today
and look around for opportunities to improve on
what’s going on today, and that drives a lot
of people crazy. It’s much harder for a track
and field star in America to be really well known
and to really leave their mark, and I think Michael
has done that, not just because
of what he did on the track, but what he’s done
off the track as well. Hi, I’m Michael Johnson. We’re here in Dallas, Texas,
at Michael Johnson Performance and we’re working
with the young leaders, doing a little bit of
basketball here, a little team-building. Really cool exercise
so we can get to learn how to communicate better
with one another. My foundation is really focused on helping find young people
around the world who are really interested
in helping their communities and helping other young people who have overcome significant
challenges just as they have. This year we had our first
class of 15 young leaders. Whether it be lack of education
in their community, or poverty in their community
or war, what we’re trying to do
with this programme is to find those young people who have overcome those
challenges through sport and who have shown
a real passion for being a leader
in their community and changing their community and helping other young people
overcome just as they have. Just like Drica here in Rio.
It was soccer, or football, that helped her overcome
the poverty and the situation
that she was in and she decided, “I’m going to
use the same thing. “I know that kids in
my community love football “so I’m going to help them
through using football.” I learnt different things
from different cultures because there were young people
from several countries. I learnt things like
how to look after my health and the children’s health
and how to stay in good shape. I also learnt the Haka! These young people have gotten
themselves to the starting line and then decided instead of
just going ahead myself, I’m going to help others
get here, too, and so they inspire me, and that’s what makes me
feel so good about what we’re able to do
with these young leaders. Michael Johnson. I have great memories
of my career, but I’m happy with
what I’m doing now. As long as I’m close to
athletes every day, I love what I do now. I still wake up the same way
I did when I was competing, wake up every day driven,
ready to go, you know, conquer something. (LEGENDS LIVE ON)

100 thoughts on “What is Athletics Icon Michael Johnson Doing Now? | Legends Live On

  1. Even though the records have gone Johnson remains the best I have seen, at 400m he was pretty much untouchable.
    Van Nekerk my have broken the record but he does not have Johnson’s durability

  2. Cuando eres un deportista prepotente, arrogante y creído: NO BRILLAS !! Y este corredor tiene esos defectos…total que representa a un país que lo discrimina.

  3. I love Michael Johnson. Brilliant athlete, extremely well spoken and as a British citizen, I love watching and listening to him on our screens. I also enjoy the camaraderie between himself and the BBC sports presenters and commentators. Their chats come over as very natural – as though they are friends outside broadcasting – Gabby, Denise, Colin etc – When I listen to Michael – I often pray and hope that both current and young British athletes (coming up) – are listening. He is incredibly knowledgeable and that voice…..hm

  4. Майкл огонь! Помню, как 22 года назад 14 летним мальчишкой я смотрел олимпиаду в Атланте на стареньком ламповом телевизоре и болел за джонсона, фредрикса и болдона. Золотое время было!

  5. I was in Atlanta when Michael Johnson set the World Record in the 200. Remember the sparkle of the golden shoes, Turned to the guy sitting in front of me and he said “He caught a flyer”. We looked at the replay and he said , “I was wrong”. MJ got out of the gate soooooo fast. I have nothing but the fondest memories of Atlanta. The excitement, driving to Atlanta, finding that the city of Atlanta had provided parking and buses to take us in. The only thing i could complain about was the high price of the food. $15.00 for a Big MAC.

  6. Michael Johnson was such a superstar. Unorthodox running style, great speed and outstanding work ethic. Such a pleasure to watch. Roger Black ages well.

  7. It's great to see Mr. JOHNSON now, and 1996 just before the Olympic. I was able to take some nice pictures of him and Carl Lewis, and Michael Johnson just walked away from everyone. 1966#

  8. I feel that we Brits are so lucky that he does so much sport's commentary for the BBC. It wouldn't be the same without him

  9. He’s more handsome today than back then. Also a very articulate, charismatic individual apart from his great talent as an athlete




  11. Lol, royal food taster? Prepare your own meals and put a lock on your fridge door…yeah that should do it.

  12. I never thought Johnson’s 19.32 would be beaten in my lifetime. It would take a freak like Bolt to do.

  13. Michael Johnson was my example, hero and great sprinter! I ran straight up just like, Michael Johnson, when I attended High School. . I was able to run the 100, 200, 400, 4×100 (2nd & anchor legs) sprint relay and 4×400 relay. So, I thank God for Michael Johnson and his style of sprinting and being a positive example for me and other sprinters. 👍😎

  14. There has to be some sort of mystery in this name of Michael. Michael Jordan, Mike Tyson, Michael Jackson, Michael Johnson. Coincidence?

  15. I admit, I have suspected MJ of doping. I no longer do! Cheaters don’t work as hard and diligently as him. Respect!

  16. WHAT IS PEBBLES FLINSTONE DOING NOW AFTER THE SYDNEY OLYMPICS IN 2000….well im not running like that anymore people really missed the olympics in 2000 it was the most underwatched olympics and the best they ever had i was so happy to be with marion jones its too bad about her shes a phony for sure

  17. I'll never forget when he FAKED the injury in the 150m race against Donovan Bailey when he realized he couldn't catch him and NEVER had the guts to challenge him to a rematch

  18. I look forward to Worlds and Olympics track and field because MJ works for the BBC then and is the BEST thing on TV. Eloquent, intelligent, reasonable and knowledgeable. Same with Navratilova when Wimbledon rolls around.

  19. Still a great role model for all people. He trained the right way, HARD!!! He ran clean, and prepared to win!!!

  20. Wow! Love this legend. He is a fantastic human being. I keep playing that 200m world record breaking race, over and over again. I also play the 400m race over and over. Love his energy and what he is doing now

  21. Legend is used to often in sports….however this guy is a proper legend never forget his 200 metres world record…. never thought anyone would get near it!!!

  22. 역시..전설..마이클존슨..같은시대는아니지만 그때난 중학교때였지만..ㅋㅋ아무튼 우사일볼튼보다 더뛰어난 선수라고말하고싶다..기록에서는 볼튼이우위였을지몰라도 지금은….그러나기록만빼고는 모든면에서는  존슨이 더뛰어나고 400 미터 400계주까지해서 우승을한선수지만 볼튼은 아니지..경기장안 밖에서도 존슨은 잘했지만.볼튼은 아니지.

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