20 Years Later: Dallas Native Michael Johnson Still an Olympic Legend

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MCKINNEY -- "I would say that 1996 Atlanta was certainly the most difficult task that I ever took on. I have that memory still, and I’ll have that memory forever.”

Those are words from track and field legend Michael Johnson himself.

His successful Olympic career may be long over, but it's hard to describe just what the Dallas native pulled off nearly 20 years ago to this day.

Now, he's getting ready to fly to Rio Tuesday night for this year's Olympic Games.

"Absolutely bringing back some good feelings and some nervous feelings," Johnson said.

Johnson was sensational in Atlanta in 1996, becoming the first man to sweep the 400 meter and 200-meter races at a single Games.

He took the 400 in an Olympic record 43.49 seconds on July 29, then turned around to set a world record of 19.32 seconds in the 200 on August 1.

Now, he'll be in Rio as a trusted trainer to runners from across the globe, including the host country, Brazil.

"Having been an athlete and being on that side where you have complete control, but now being on the other side where I have very little control of actually the performance on the day, the training and that sort of thing, it's a little nerve-wracking," he said.

It may be his company, Michael Johnson Performance, making headlines this time around, but we'll never forget the necklace, the shoes, and the performances Michael gave us in the summer of '96.

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