WORLD RECORD HOLDING SPRINTER

Michael
Norman

Michael Norman lunges forward in a powerful sprint. The only thing still touching the ground is the tip of his toe.

Milestones are measured in milliseconds.

Patience is more than a virtue. For Michael Norman, it’s his path to greatness. That’s why on his social bio he has the word “PATIENCE” written 14 times side-by-side to remind himself that a legacy is earned over time, step-by-step. And the most important step is the first. So, at every practice and every race, he’s giving it everything he has to go just a little bit faster, which will ultimately help him become the fastest man in the world over 400m. And, if he’s patient, it will help him take one huge step onto the podium at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

“I want to be remembered as somebody who’s a great competitor, a great person and a great athlete.”

MICHAEL NORMAN
Michael stands in a locker room in a red tank top during his Team Toyota Athlete interview.

Built for brilliance.

Even as one of the fastest men on Earth, Michael has faced his fair share of self-doubt. So, how does he quiet those negative voices in his head? With commitment and hard work. Lots and lots of hard work. And, of course, raw speed. Michael has lots of that too. That's not surprising considering fast runs in the family. His Japanese-born mother was an accomplished sprinter herself. But it’s his legendary work ethic and perseverance that led him to become the World Junior Champion in both the 200 meters and 4x100 meter relay in 2016. A couple years later, he broke the world indoor 400m record at the NCAA Indoor Championships. And now that he’s graduated college and turned pro, he’s focused on Tokyo 2020. And working harder than ever before. Perfecting his running technique. Preparing for greatness.

Dec. 3, 1997
Born
6’ 1’’
Height
Los Angeles, USA
Hometown
1
World Record
Michael stares straight ahead in a four-point sprinter's stance, ready to pounce out of the blocks.

Goals made of gold.

Already a world record holder, Michael is still looking to clock his best times at Tokyo 2020. As a member of Global Team Toyota, he inspires everyone to reach their personal best and then to keep pushing and to never settle. No wonder his coaches and fans think he has a chance to be the fastest man in the world. Greater than all the sprinters before him. That’s a huge step, especially for such a patient competitor. But Michael has already proven if you push yourself far enough, records and medals are just a few steps away.

"THERE'S ALWAYS SOMETHING TO IMPROVE UPON. I HAVE THAT DRIVE AND NATURAL WILL TO WORK HARDER."

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