Michael Johnson and Tiger Woods Give Crucial Advice to Parents on How to Raise Future Athletes

Published 12/08/2021, 8:30 AM EST
World champion sprinter Michael Johnson of the U.S. speaks during the Doha GOALS forum in Doha December 11, 2013. REUTERS/Fadi Al-Assaad/Files

From one generation to another, fans are often on the lookout for the next greatest player to don the field. Offering an insightful piece of advice over the same, Michael Johnson and Tiger Woods both have their say.

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Back in 2000, a journalist asked Woods- how can parents raise the next as Tiger Woods? Answering the same, Woods proudly spoke about his upbringing. Notably, Johnson resonated with Woods’ thoughts.

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Michael Johnson supports Tiger Woods’ statement

Back before Usain Bolt conquered the track and field, Johnson was the dominant force, bagging several medals to his name. Recollecting Woods’ statement, he spoke about how he was inspired by Tiger’s answer to the question.

Responding to the question back in 2000, Woods had said, “My dad has never asked me to go play golf. I ask him. It’s the child’s desire to play that matters, not the parent’s desire to have the child play. Fun. Keep it fun.”

Now, in a recent tweet, legendary athlete Michael Johnson also spoke in favor of the golfer and how he shares the same views.

Michael said, “As a kid I spent every minute my parents allowed me, outside playing sports with friends. Because it was fun. Not a single thought about where it might take me in the future. But make no mistake, I wanted to win! Cause winning at what you love is even more fun!” 

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A glittering career

Both athletes followed their passion to become the greatest competitors in their respective sports. Given his history, fans regard Woods as one of the greatest golfers of all time and arguably the most influential entity in the world. He ranks right behind Jack Nicklaus for the most major championships won in golf.

As for Johnson, his heroics in athletics still rank him up there with the best.

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AUGUSTA, GA – APRIL 12: Tiger Woods of the United States watches his tee shot on the first hole during the final round of the 2015 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 12, 2015 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Johnson became the first man to win both, the 200 meters and 400 meters in the Olympics in 1996. The signature gold shoes donned in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics cemented his legacy as one of the greats of the game.

Fair to say, their upbringing played a significant role in their success stories. Do you agree with Michael and Tiger on how to raise the next best athlete?

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the center the respect he deserves.

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