Michael Johnson

Now retired, Johnson won four Olymic gold medals, and holds the world and Olympic records in the 400 meter and 4x 400 meter races. During the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials, he ran the 200 meter and 400 meter events in 19.66 seconds, breaking the 17-year record time of 19.72 previously held by Pietro Mennea. By year’s end he was honored with the James E. Sullivan Award, as the top amateur athlete in any sport in America.

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