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 in 2000 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 his Michael Johnson Performance brand, a sports performance training company that provides training to professional athletes and sports teams across the world. Alongside this he has established himself as a leading corporate motivational speaker, having worked with such companies as Microsoft, Sony, UBS and Proctor and Gamble, and has achieved success as a BBC commentator and television personality.