Michael Duane Johnson was born on September 13, 1967. He is an American sprinter. Johnson retired after winning eight gold medals at the World Championships and four gold medals in the Olympics.
He once held the world and Olympic marks for the 200 and 400 meters, as well as the record for the 400 meters run indoors. He once had the fastest 300m time.
Johnson is the first male athlete in Olympic history to win both the 200 and 400 meters races in the same Games, which he did in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1996. At the Sydney Summer Olympics in 2000, Johnson became the first athlete to successfully defend his 400m Olympic titles.
Johnson won eight gold medals at the World Championships and is tied with Carl Lewis for the fourth-most gold medals ever won by a runner. Johnson is regarded as one of the best and most reliable sprinters in the history of track and field.
Michael Johnson Parents: Paul Johnson, Ruby Johnson
His father Paul worked as a truck driver while his mother had a job as an elementary school teacher. The pair lived in Texas as they raised their family.