The son of Michael Sr. and Nobue Norman, Michael Norman has one sister, Michelle. The family all competed at 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 semi finals 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, Normanhas 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 theUniversity 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 coaches, Quincy Watts and Caryl Smith Gilbert.
Sport: Track & Field
Hometown: Murrieta, Calif.
Currently Resides: Los Angeles, Calif.
Birthdate: December 3, 1997
Toyota Vehicle: Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
Olympic History: N/A
- Four-time California state champion (Vista Murrieta High School)
- Four-time NCAA champion (University of Southern California)
- 2016World Junior Championships, gold (200m, 4x100m relay)
- World record holder of the indoor 400m at 44.52 seconds
- Current world leader in the 400m at 43.45seconds -tied for the sixth-fastest performance in history
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