Could this be the last time the U.S. dominates at the Olympics?

The United States has traditionally been at the top of the medal count in Summer Olympic Games. However, the American dominance may be nearing an end as other countries focus on raking in gold.



June 8, 2021 - 9:47 AM

In this photo from July 11, 2017, US Olympic track and field legend Michael Johnson answers to reporters after the Los Angeles 2014 bid presentations before the International Olympic Committee (IOC) members in Lausanne. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini / AFP via Getty Images / TNS

The story goes back a ways, back to the mid-1980s, when Michael Johnson was still in high school.

The famous sprinter was years away from winning gold medals at three consecutive Summer Olympics. He wasn’t yet known for those glittering golden spikes.

A nerdy kid, Johnson was running track at a small magnet school in Dallas. The team’s coach, Joel Ezar, who taught health class during the day, knew only a little about technique but could spot raw talent.

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