Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX is all about active living, and that is evident by the many recreation and fitness amenities that are located within Craig Ranch. Michael Johnson Performance, which was started in 2007 by the Olympic legend Michael Johnson, is one of the amazing places located in our master-planned community that people can go to train like an Olympian. Here are a few other things you should know about the Olympic legend, Michael Johnson.
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Texan Born and Raised
Born in Dallas, Texas on September 13, 1967, Michael Johnson is the youngest of five siblings. His full name is Michael Duane Adalbert Adam Johnson. As a teenager, he devoted his time to his studies and participated in athletics as a mere extracurricular activity.
At the age of 19, he went to Baylor University in Waco, Texas for accounting. It was at Baylor, in April 1987, that coach Clyde Hart spotted him as he broke the university 200m record. At that point in his athletic career, he had already adopted his distinct running style, characterized by an upright gait and short stride. That running style eventually lead to his nickname “the Duck”.
The Road to the Top
In 1990, after getting his degree, Michael Johnson decided to focus full-time on athletics. At the end of the year, he was at the top of the international rankings for both the 200m and 400m distances. It was very rare for one athlete to excel in both. Then, at the 1992 summer Olympics in Barcelona, he helped the USA team secure the gold in the 4×400 relay.
Following Barcelona in 1993, he went undefeated in 58 400m races, which soon hailed him the nickname “Superman”. However, his true accomplishment came in 1996 during the Atlanta summer Olympics where he completed a remarkable 200m-400m double, an achievement never matched before or since in men’s athletics. His world record 19.32 second 200m remained unbroken until Usain Bolt in 2008. Then in 1999, he set a new world record for the 400m at 43.18 seconds, which remains unbeaten to this day.
Michael Johnson Performance
In 2007, Michael Johnson founded Michael Johnson Performance at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX. Every program uses the same fundamentals that brought Michael record-breaking success and helps athletes of all ages, in any sport, reach their full potential.