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What makes a great Olympian?
Around the Academy:

The greatness of Michael Johnson and Steve Redgrave explained

Sir Steven Redgrave and Michael Johnson are two of the greatest athletes to grace the Olympic stage.

In 2000 Redgrave rowed his way to an incredible fifth Olympic gold at Sydney.

And at the same Olympics, Johnson sprinted to 400m glory, making it five golds for the American running machine.

They reached the top of their sports, and just stayed there, year after year after year.

So how did they do it?

It's amazing talent, unfailing belief, sweat, pain, more sweat, more pain and a desire to be the best.

The very best.

In a series of features Brunel University psychologist Paul Dent tells the Academy what made Redgrave and Johnson so special.

Confidence
Michael Johnson had bag loads of confidence
Redgrave and Johnson never stopped believing in themselves. And suffered for it!

Big plans
Steve Redgrave was a great planner
It's all about goal-setting. See how the top athletes peak at the right time.

Unflappable
Michael Johnson has the strength to focus
Johnson's competitors complained they were ignored. He was very determined!

Dreaming the goals
Want to be the next Redgrave?
Want to be the next Redgrave or Johnson? You'll need desire and drive. And a whole lot more.




Redgrave facts
Born: March 23, 1962
Birthplace: Marlow
Height: 6ft 5"
Weight: 16st 2lb
Chest: 48in
Waist: 36in
Debut: 1979 World Junior Champs
First major title: Olympic gold 1984 in coxed fours
Olympic golds: Five - 1984-2000
World Champs: Nine titles
Commonwealth Games: Three golds

Johnson facts
Born: Sept 13, 1967
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas
First major title: 1991 World Champs gold in 200m
Olympic golds: Five - 1992- 2000
First 200m/400m double: 1995 World Champs
World record 200m: 19.32s at 1996 Olympics
World record 400m: 43.18s at 1999 World Champs


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