Sport: Track & Field
Hometown: Murrieta, California
Currently Resides: Los Angeles, California
Birthdate: December 3, 1997
Social Media: Twitter: @Mike_Norman22; Instagram: @MichaelNorman22; Facebook: MichaelNorman
Toyota Vehicle: Toyota GR Supra
Olympic History: 2020
- Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, gold (4x400m relay), 5th (400m)
- World record holder of the indoor 400m at 44.52 seconds
- Current world leader in the 400m at 43.45 seconds – tied for the fourth–fastest performance in history
- 2022 World Athletics Championships, gold (400m), gold (4x400m relay)
- Four-time NCAA champion (University of Southern California)
- 2016 World Junior Championships, gold (200m, 4x100m relay)
- Four-time California state champion (Vista Murrieta High School)
About Michael Norman
The son of Michael Sr. and Nobue Norman, Michael Norman has one sister, Michelle. The family all competed in track and field at some point throughout their lives with many suspecting that Norman inherited his running ability from his mother, who was a sprinter in Japan. Norman started running when he was in sixth grade, accompanying his older sister, who later competed for University of California, Irvine.
As a high school senior, Norman defeated reigning USA champion, Justin Gatlin, in the 200m semifinals at the 2016 Olympic Trials. He eventually placed fifth in the final and did not qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team. However, Norman went on to secure two gold medals at the World Junior Championships that summer, highlighted by a championship record of 20.17 seconds in 200m.
Throughout his career, Norman has won numerous awards including 2015 and 2016 Gatorade Player of the Year in National Boys Track & Field and The Bowerman, collegiate track and field’s highest honor, in 2018.
Norman graduated from the University of Southern California in May 2019. There, Norman set collegiate records in every NCAA final he ran in 2018, including his world record in the indoor 400m and an unofficial world record in the indoor 4x400m relay when he anchored the USC Trojans to a winning time of 3:00.77.
Following his collegiate career, Norman now competes professionally under his college coach, Quincy Watts. In his first competition in 2020, Norman became only the second man in history to have run under 10 seconds in the 100m, 20 seconds in the 200m, and 44 seconds in the 400m.
Norman qualified for Team USA in the men’s 400m event with a season-best time of 44.07. He won his first Olympic gold medal in the 4x400m relay at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. In 2022, he won the 400m at the World Athletics Championships becoming the first U.S. world champion in the 400m since 2013. He was also a member of the 4x400m relay team that won gold at the same 2022 event.
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