Michael Johnson Best Quotes

Michael Duane Johnson (born September 13, 1967) is a retired American sprinter. He won four Olympic gold medals and eight World Championships gold medals. Johnson currently holds the world and Olympic records in the 400 m. He formerly held the world and Olympic record in the 200 m, and the world record in the indoor 400 m. He also currently holds the world’s best time at the 300 m. His 200 m time of 19.32 at the 1996 Summer Olympics stood as the record for over 12 years. Johnson is generally considered one of the greatest and most consistent sprinters in the history of track and field. Enjoy Michael Johnson’s best quotes below.

Michael Johnson
“Life is often compared to a marathon, but I think it is more like being a sprinter; long stretches of hard work punctuated by brief moments in which we are given the opportunity to perform at our best.”
“Rivalries don’t necessarily mean races being close at major championships. I had a rivalry with Butch Reynolds for many years. I won all the races, but Butch was the world record holder before I came into the sport, he was extremely talented and he was the only other man running 43 seconds.”
“Opting for gold shoes could have been considered downright cocky, but I was confident and never doubted my ability to deliver gold medals to match my shimmering footwear.”
“The mind is absolutely instrumental in achieving results, even for athletes. Sports psychology is a very small part, but it’s extremely important when you’re winning and losing races by hundredths and even thousandths of a second.”
“The only one who can beat me is me.”
“I’ve had to learn that not everybody does things my way. But I do expect the absolute best of everyone around me, and I’m disappointed when people don’t expect that of themselves.”
“I don’t always do a lot of predicting, but, when I get a really strong feeling about something, I will tell people.”
“They don’t give you gold medals for beating somebody. They give you gold medals for beating everybody.”
“All my life I believed I became an athlete through my own determination, but it’s impossible to think that being descended from slaves hasn’t left an imprint through the generations.”
“Difficult as it was to hear, slavery has benefited descendants like me – I believe there is a superior athletic gene in us.”
“There’s a complete difference between training for a specific event and goal and just training.”
“They think because I’m small, they can do what they want to do to me. But I’m not weak. If I lower my shoulder and they lower they’re shoulder, they’re going to go down.”
“All my life I believed I became an athlete through my own determination, but it’s impossible to think that being descended from slaves hasn’t left an imprint through the generations. Difficult as it was to hear, slavery has benefited descendants like me – I believe there is a superior athletic gene in us.”
“You can’t control what the other athlete is going to do; you can’t control anything except for your competition and how you execute the race or how you execute the task.”
“I had already been into my professional career for six years and had not won an individual gold medal at the Olympics. There was a tremendous amount of pressure going into 1996 to get it done.”
“As an athlete, I’d average four hours a day. It doesn’t sound like a lot when some people say they’re training for 10 hours, but theirs includes lunch, massage and breaks. My four hours was packed with work.”
“I always wanted to be a sprinter.”
“One of the main techniques I used was focusing on the goal and visualising myself competing in the race before the race started.”
“As an athlete, I was never really comfortable with being a celebrity.”
“I work hard to improve myself as a person – as a father, as a husband, as a manager. I’m always on that mission.”

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