Michael Johnson won four Olympic gold medals and eight World Championships gold medals and currently holds the world and Olympic records in the 400 m. His 200 m time of 19.32 at the 1996 Summer Olympics stood as the record for over 12 years. Johnson is generally considered one of the greatest and most consistent sprinters in the history of track and field.
Earlier this year Michael collaborated with Dom Reilly to produce the ultimate bag, fit for almost every occasion. He joined Dominic to launch this bag to the world’s media in London in February when Dominic took the liberty of asking Michael some questions of his travels.
What's your favourite holiday destination and why?
I love Italy. When I first started as an athlete there was a full circuit of athletics events across Italy, mostly in smaller cities. I took part in a few of those at the beginning of my career and fell in love with the food, wine, and lifestyle.
Other than winning gold medals what fills you with most joy?
My family. My son is now 14. When he was much younger it was great fun teaching him things. Over the last few years, our interests have merged and I enjoy spending time with him doing the things we both enjoy. My wife and I both have many of the same interests and I’m fortunate to have an especially close relationship with my four siblings.
Where's your favourite hotel?
Esperanza, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
What do you always travel with?
What's your top tip to beat jet lag?
Focus on the time zone you’re in and forget the time “at home”. For the moment where you are is home.
If you had to give one piece of advice when setting off on a trip, what would it be?
Plan your wardrobe carefully! Nothing worse than not having the proper attire.
What sportsman do you most admire and why?
Muhammad Ali. His athleticism, character, personality, and courage equal hero in my book.
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