The best 200/400 metre sprinter in the history of the sport of track & field, Johnson’s progressions through the ranks of track and field were swift and stunning. The first man ever to be ranked number one in the world at both 200 and 400 metres and the first to win both events at an Olympic Games, he retired with four Olympic gold medals and nine World Championship golds to his name.

Michael credits his achievements to a consistent philosophy of success based on the principle that to achieve anything an individual must start with a goal. His was to be the fastest he could possibly be, and it was this that drove him to train every day, to commit to the sacrifices involved, to overcome obstacles and to achieve his personal best despite competing under unbelievable pressure.

Post athletics Johnson has applied this philosophy to the Michael Johnson Performance brand, a sports performance training company that provides training to professional athletes and sports teams across the world.

More recently he founded Michael Johnson Young Leaders – a programme designed to provide young people from around the world who have overcome adversity, with the confidence, skills, and resources to achieve a better future for themselves and others, by harnessing their passion for sport, leadership, and community. Participants experience a once-in-a-lifetime journey which begins at the cutting-edge Michael Johnson Performance Centre, and is followed by a year-long program of mentoring and support in their own communities.

Alongside this he has 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 received widespread acclaim as a commentator for BBC Sport. Away from the corporate world he serves on the board of the Laureus World Sports Academy and as an Ambassador for Beyond Sport, helping to support organisations working to bring about positive social change through sport.

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