Before making Olympic history, Michael Johnson admitted to attempting a “risky” move.
MICHAEL JOHNSON once admitted to making a “risky” move before securing his place in history as the first man to win Olympic gold in both the 200m and 400m.
In the United Kingdom, the 53-year-old is well-known for his achievements on the track as well as his pleasant, authoritative demeanor in the BBC commentary box. Michael has continued to communicate with fans as one of the key experts on the BBC’s athletics coverage throughout this year’s Olympic Games, which are being held in Tokyo. He’s been on the show with other gold medalists Denise Lewis and Jessica Ennis-Hill, giving his take on how the track and field events have played out.
Michael, who won four Olympic gold medals and eight World Championship gold medals over the course of his career, is honest in his assessment of opponents – and similarly forthright in his assessment of his own running ability.
Michael talked on the most iconic event of his career as an athlete, when he represented the United States at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, which was rescheduled from last year due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Around 25 years ago, Michael went into the 200m and 400m races as the favorite, putting the hopes of Americans on his shoulders.
But, in classic Michael manner, he conceded that wearing gold Nike boots for his races was a “risky” decision, and that he was afraid of criticism if he didn’t win.
“I had to appeal to the Olympic Committee to adjust the timetable to make the 200/400 double possible so that I could do something that had never been done before,” Michael told the Daily Mail in June.
“After that, you have to follow through because, let’s face it, I went there wearing gold shoes.
“If I’d gotten a silver or bronze, I’d have had to appear on the stage wearing those gold shoes. I’m glad everything worked out.”
He would go on to become the first man to win the 200m and 400m double, setting world and Olympic records in the process.
Michael’s personal stake in the races was significantly higher.
He was heartbroken when he lost out on the previous Olympics in Barcelona. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”