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

  • February 14, 2018 at 7:55 pm
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    Is all about cinematic video game

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  • February 14, 2018 at 10:23 pm
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    👑❤

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  • February 17, 2018 at 5:45 am
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    Donovan Bailey stole his soul in 97

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  • February 19, 2018 at 5:34 pm
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    I ran the 200-400m in high school and when I went to the Army. I watched the Olympics that summer of 96 before my Junior year and I taped every race he was in and watched it over and over again until track season. This dude was a machine!!

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  • February 19, 2018 at 10:22 pm
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    You somehow acquired magical gold shoes which is why you were able to perform. Dont lie

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  • February 22, 2018 at 11:18 pm
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    it would be great to see a legends live on apolo ohno!

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  • March 7, 2018 at 1:30 pm
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    i think he was a doper. so van niekerk

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  • March 8, 2018 at 6:44 pm
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    A great athlete and wonderful sportsman ☺

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  • March 11, 2018 at 9:24 pm
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    The sport athletism and run marathon helps much helps the life

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  • March 20, 2018 at 2:03 am
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    Michael Johnson is a legend and he was the best one of my role models I grew up looking up too as An Olympic gold medalist this black man here was the truth he was an unadulterated monster on track and field

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  • March 21, 2018 at 1:08 am
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    Love Michael. Nothing but massive respect for him.

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  • March 24, 2018 at 7:10 pm
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    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

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  • March 30, 2018 at 2:01 pm
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    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.

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  • April 14, 2018 at 5:57 pm
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    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

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  • May 16, 2018 at 5:09 pm
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    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!

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  • May 20, 2018 at 10:26 pm
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    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.

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  • May 30, 2018 at 7:07 pm
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    Michael Johnson was such a superstar. Unorthodox running style, great speed and outstanding work ethic. Such a pleasure to watch. Roger Black ages well.

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  • June 2, 2018 at 8:17 am
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    wow he look even younger now

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  • June 17, 2018 at 12:42 am
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    what a joke

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  • June 30, 2018 at 1:17 pm
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    This a new story I had been brought to my attention! I look up to MJ.

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  • July 8, 2018 at 3:52 am
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    If young dolph ran track 😁 his young twin

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  • July 15, 2018 at 5:24 pm
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    Amazing neikerk talk about Michael jhonson

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  • July 17, 2018 at 7:45 pm
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    Incredible Athlete and Mentor!

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  • July 18, 2018 at 7:19 pm
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    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#

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  • July 22, 2018 at 10:20 pm
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    ll these guys were on drugs

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  • August 7, 2018 at 2:12 am
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    great athlete

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  • August 27, 2018 at 6:10 am
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    Just a great role model.

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  • September 3, 2018 at 4:09 pm
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    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

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  • September 15, 2018 at 8:59 pm
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    I really wish I didn’t stop running now 🙁

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  • September 16, 2018 at 7:12 am
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    This is really inspiring

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  • September 16, 2018 at 9:03 am
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    “Royal food taster”

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  • September 17, 2018 at 4:27 am
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    Michael jhonson is my idol

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  • September 18, 2018 at 8:02 am
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    He’s more handsome today than back then. Also a very articulate, charismatic individual apart from his great talent as an athlete

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  • September 18, 2018 at 9:45 am
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    Cool legend. Mj was a star

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  • September 20, 2018 at 4:07 pm
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    A GREAT MAN!

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  • September 22, 2018 at 8:38 pm
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    Didn't know that Frankie Fredericks was Bolivian…

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  • September 23, 2018 at 12:10 am
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    本当のスーパースターですね👍

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  • September 23, 2018 at 12:18 pm
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    Maichael Jhonson is greate ever

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  • September 28, 2018 at 1:18 am
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    🍥🥟看妹妹漏点小视频➕微信girL6393🥘🥗晒太阳反反复复t y y y

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  • October 2, 2018 at 11:39 am
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    He was just awesome

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  • November 4, 2018 at 2:35 pm
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    I like athletic

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  • November 4, 2018 at 10:33 pm
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    IT WAS BEAUTIFUL AND WE WERE ALL JUMPING UP AND DOWN AND CRYING!!!

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  • November 4, 2018 at 10:38 pm
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    USSAIN BOLT TALK TO MICHAEL JOHNSON AND STATED I WANNA BE LIKE YOU.
    BECAUSE I WANNA BE WORTHY TO WEAR THE GOLDEN TRACK SHIES.

    AND JAMAICAN USSAIN BOLT DID IT.. ANOTHER CHAMPION IN THE OLYMPICS AND FOR HIS COUNTRY.

    WE LOVED IT AND IT WAS SO EXCITING.
    ALMIGHTY GOD HAD ALREADY TOLD MILLIONS IF CHRISTIANS THAT JAMAICAN RUNNERS WOULD BEGAN TO TAKE THE OLYMPUCS FIR A WHILE.
    AND THEY HAVE SUCEEDED!!

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  • November 6, 2018 at 1:07 am
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    I bet he could still run a rediculously fast time in the 200 and 400.

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  • November 17, 2018 at 4:06 am
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    Legend!

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  • November 27, 2018 at 2:46 pm
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    I loved him and then I met him and i Still love him

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  • December 6, 2018 at 2:58 pm
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    I just love his attitude!!!

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  • December 9, 2018 at 4:49 am
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    One word.. A USA LEGEND.done

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  • December 9, 2018 at 4:51 am
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    How some people dislike this !!!!!!?????

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  • December 18, 2018 at 12:33 pm
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    Frank fredericks is not from Bolivia But NAMIBIA

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  • December 23, 2018 at 3:32 pm
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    What a sportsman, what a champ, what a human!

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  • January 2, 2019 at 1:48 am
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    Number 1 in the world

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  • January 8, 2019 at 3:34 pm
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    Where is bolt?

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  • January 9, 2019 at 10:05 pm
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    o h

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  • January 23, 2019 at 1:47 am
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    A good ole boo-boo may have done the trick

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  • January 27, 2019 at 1:21 pm
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    BALCO Bay Area Laboratories Co-operative.

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  • January 27, 2019 at 8:43 pm
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    Legends Live On: Ana Gabriela Guevara. ¡Please!

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  • January 31, 2019 at 8:57 pm
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    This is heart warming. He channeled his achievements to help the deprived people.

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  • February 8, 2019 at 11:51 pm
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    yes michael, dont forget the special juice you were on.

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  • February 25, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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    MJ is amazing and wonderful man! I wish him a lot of health! Greating from Poland

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  • March 5, 2019 at 10:26 pm
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    Lol, royal food taster? Prepare your own meals and put a lock on your fridge door…yeah that should do it.

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  • March 12, 2019 at 11:30 am
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    The Greatest Sprinter 90's .

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  • March 16, 2019 at 6:50 pm
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    That ain't no haka

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  • March 24, 2019 at 8:13 am
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    Legends be always legend

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  • March 27, 2019 at 11:33 pm
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    They had to dope themself to out run Frankie…..what a fear for a small country

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  • March 28, 2019 at 6:39 pm
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    Frankie Fredricks of Bolivia lol.

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  • April 5, 2019 at 6:59 am
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    god sends usain in tracks

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  • April 9, 2019 at 4:40 pm
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    Michael Johnson is one of my favorite Athletes..

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  • April 30, 2019 at 10:39 am
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    oops I thought it said dopping now not doing now

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  • May 16, 2019 at 8:37 pm
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    IT WAS A LEGEND

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  • May 23, 2019 at 1:04 pm
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    I never thought Johnson’s 19.32 would be beaten in my lifetime. It would take a freak like Bolt to do.

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  • May 29, 2019 at 4:08 am
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    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. 👍😎
    Rj

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  • June 8, 2019 at 3:15 pm
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    He always ran like he was jogging

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  • June 10, 2019 at 2:07 am
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    There has to be some sort of mystery in this name of Michael. Michael Jordan, Mike Tyson, Michael Jackson, Michael Johnson. Coincidence?

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  • June 18, 2019 at 9:22 pm
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    I admit, I have suspected MJ of doping. I no longer do! Cheaters don’t work as hard and diligently as him. Respect!

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  • June 20, 2019 at 1:18 am
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    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

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  • June 22, 2019 at 5:04 am
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    I didn't know Eddie Murphy holds world records

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  • June 25, 2019 at 1:57 am
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    He seems robotic

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  • June 25, 2019 at 1:02 pm
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    Still the greatest overall sprinter in Olympic history IMO

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  • July 3, 2019 at 4:33 am
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    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

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  • July 4, 2019 at 3:53 pm
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    Working to help these children as his greatest accomplishment is my opinion great man…

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  • July 5, 2019 at 11:47 pm
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    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.

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  • July 7, 2019 at 3:38 pm
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    U are an awesome man sir!! Children are the future

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  • July 8, 2019 at 5:45 pm
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    He's not only a great athlete he's a great person too

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  • July 9, 2019 at 6:07 pm
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    Great human.

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  • July 11, 2019 at 1:56 pm
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    Still a great role model for all people. He trained the right way, HARD!!! He ran clean, and prepared to win!!!

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  • July 13, 2019 at 11:33 pm
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    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

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  • July 20, 2019 at 6:58 am
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    마이클존슨 프레데릭스 아토볼든 추억이다ㅋ

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  • July 30, 2019 at 12:46 pm
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    The man who made me fall in love with the Olympic Games as an eight year old in 1996. Thanks Michael.

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  • August 10, 2019 at 6:53 am
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    Woah!!! At 5:22 Eddie Murphy.

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  • August 11, 2019 at 12:14 pm
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    Can the subtitles be removed?

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  • August 11, 2019 at 12:24 pm
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    MJ had like -2% body fat.

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  • August 12, 2019 at 5:06 pm
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    The 96 olympics belonged to Johnson… and he was winning on his home turf?! Amazing!

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  • August 14, 2019 at 1:30 pm
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    Who theheck wouldgive this a thumbs down?. The whole thing is positive.

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  • August 14, 2019 at 6:06 pm
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    I remember watching MJ. He was an amazing athlete.

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  • August 19, 2019 at 9:32 pm
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    idol

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  • August 23, 2019 at 11:02 am
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    He was the reason I started watching athletics back then:)

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  • August 28, 2019 at 10:47 am
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    He is such a great person very very focused simple he knew what he wanted and he achieved it

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  • September 4, 2019 at 11:16 am
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    working for the BBC as a commentator

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  • September 11, 2019 at 9:56 am
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    1992 a 500 metros de mi casa johnson no pudo doparse

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