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Published on August 28th, 2011 | by Yellow Magpie

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Michael Johnson Quotes: The Outspoken Sprinter Speaks

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Michael Johnson Quotes

Here is a selection of Michael Johnson quotes.

‘People need to know there are good things happening. Unfortunately, people are going to read about Joe Horn pulling out the cell phone or Kobe Bryant. And it feeds itself. People talk about it because it is so bad for our society. And people tend to believe athletes are so bad and so self-centered.’

‘We just have one basic focus. We’re focused on going one direction, and that’s forward.’

‘The only one who can beat me is me.’

‘The don’t give you gold medals for beating somebody. They give you gold medals for beating everybody.’

‘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.’

‘If you look at the big picture, I think the whole THG, designer drug scandal is a good thing for the sport, … Every time someone gets caught I see that as a positive, because it is an effort to clean up the sport. We really have to look at drug use in sports, whether track and field or any other sport, just like you would look at crime in society. To think it is going to stop completely would be foolish and unrealistic. It is never going to happen. Just like with criminals in society, you are always going to have people who are raised with poor morals or who don’t feel confident in their ability to go out and be successful without cheating someone else.’

Michael Johnson Quotes

‘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.’

‘I know that the medal was not fairly won and that it is dirty and so I have moved it from the location where I have always kept my medals because it doesn’t belong there.’ Michael Johnson on returning his 4×400 metres relay medal after some of his teammates admitted taking performance enhancing drugs.

‘Pressure is nothing more than the shadow of great opportunity.’

‘That first peak is the best place to pause and look back, to see if you took the easiest route, to learn the lessons from the first climb. And it is the bet place to examine the terrain ahead, to change your plans and goals, to take a deep breath and begin climbing again.’

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