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Michael Johnson ‘bringing the gold shoes back,’ shoots Nike commercial

Michael Johnson

12 Aug 1996: Sprinter Michael Johnson poses for a studio portrait with his two Olympic gold medals and his golden running shoes. Johnson became the first man to complete the Olympic “Golden Double” after winning both the 200m and 400m finals at the 1996C

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Michael Johnson‘s gold shoes will return in a Nike commercial, according to the Olympic sprint champion’s Twitter account.

Johnson memorably swept the 200m and 400m at the Atlanta 1996 Olympics while wearing golden shoes, after he wore purple shoes at the Olympic trials.

“I just wanted to change it up, and I thought gold would be a good color,” Johnson said in 1996, according to the New York Daily News.

“Opting for gold shoes could have been considered downright cocky, but I was confident and never doubted my ability to deliver gold medals to match my shimmering footwear,” Johnson said in his book, “Gold Rush,” according to the Telegraph.

Michael Johnson's gold shoes

ATLANTA, GA - JULY 27: Michael Johnson of the US starts the 400 meter dash round 2 wearing his gold shoes 27 July in Atlanta. Johnson won his heat with a time of 44.62 seconds. (Electronic Image) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY = AFP/IOPP-Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read AF/AFP/Getty Images)

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At Sydney 2000, Johnson had new gold shoes, these ones with actual 24-carat gold woven in. He repeated as 400m champion and anchored the 4x400m relay team to cross the finish line first, but team member Antonio Pettigrew later admitted to doping.

Picture taken 25 September 2000 at the Olympic sta

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: Picture taken 25 September 2000 at the Olympic stadium of the specially-designed golden shoes of US track start Michael Johnson at the start of the men’s 400m final. Johnson went on to win the gold medal in 43.84 sec to become the first to successfully retain his 400m title. AFP PHOTO/Jeff HAYNES (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)

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Johnson said he auctioned at least some of his Olympic competition gold shoes for charities, in a 2009 chat and to the Melbourne Herald Sun at the 2000 Olympics.

Here’s a previous Johnson Nike commercial, with white shoes.

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