Friday, March 06, 2009

Lessons Learned From Michael Johnson and Usain Bolt

Michael Johnson, world record holder in the 400 meters and former world record holder in the 200m, was constantly chastised for what was perceived as poor sprinting form before he set those records. Johnson ran very upright and stiff with a short stride when it was believed optimal form required long strides and a high knee lift.

Usain Bolt, the fastest man in the history of the world, was discouraged from running the 100m because of his height (6' 5"). Tall men are generally not the quickest. But when given the chance, it was not long before he broke the world record.

The best in the world are often those who use a contrasting style, those who have unique abilities which take them above and beyond the accepted, standard "right" way to do things.

5 Comments:

Anonymous ReMMy said...

So Johnson's "non-optimal" form = Moon's style of folding obvious winners constantly yet somehow still making money? ;)

11:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought whoever took the most steroids won in track and field?

-jobless23

12:43 PM  
Blogger PunkyPickett said...

I think the real lesson is that the shinier your shoes are the more successful you will be.

1:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i belive michael jhonson is the best and he can break records now also because he is the best

10:06 PM  
Anonymous Amit said...

i belive jhonson is the best because he is jhonson i love him

10:11 PM  

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