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Chasing Perfection

New OU/ Channel 4 co-production Chasing Perfection with Michael Johnson unveils the progressive world of sports science technologies and what shapes champions’ progress.

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Michael Johnson in a gym (Channel 4 programme use only) Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: The Moment/Channel 4 Chasing Perfection, authored by one of the world’s most successful athletes, Michael Johnson looks at how sports science has changed immeasurably in the last 20 years. The two-part series seeks to explore how that change in sports science has impacted on the world of professional sport, and what role it plays in creating exceptional athletes, does it define the difference between great and world beating athletes and is it the answer to achieving perfection in sport?

Over the two episodes Michael will meet some of the best athletes and talk to leading high performance experts and sports scientists to look at some of the unique factors that takes this vast population of the globe and from it forms a tiny band of athletes who have what it takes to perform at the highest level.

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The first episode of Chasing Perfection will air on Sunday 15th November 2015 at 7.05AM on Channel 4. Full broadcast details and watch again links can be found on

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Episode 2: From The Starting Line to the Podium

Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: The Moment/ Channel 4 What is it that defines a champion? In our second episode Michael will be trying to understand what makes the difference between those who line up on the start line and those who end up on the podium time and time again - The Serial Champions. We’ll explore the role of the mind in making champions, talking to serial champions including one of the most naturally gifted Snooker players of all time, 5 times World Champion, Ronnie O’Sullivan, 6 times Olympic cycling champion Sir Chris Hoy, and 20 time champion jockey AP McCoy. We’ll discover how mental strength can allow a rare few athletes to conquer not one sport but multiple sports, like the most successful British female Paralympian of all time, Dame Sarah Storey.

The difference between success and second best in elite sport is minute and Michael will be visiting some of the companies that are trying to make the most of those marginal gains in performance. We meet the King of these marginal gains, Sir Dave Brailsford, a man who has helped transform British cycling, nurturing some of the most successful athletes in the UK today, and we hear where he’s looking to find the next performance gains in his sport. We head back across to the States to visit a company that are thinking outside the box as they attempt to push the boundaries of what their extreme athletes can achieve, and Michael will be asking some of the leading performance experts what the future holds and whether we can continue to be stronger, faster and go further!


Episodes in this series

Episode Description
Episode 1: From Birth to the Starting Line Michael Johnson explores the unique set of factors that allows athletes to become Champions and how performance is... Read more
Episode 2: From The Starting Line to the Podium In this final episode of Chasing Perfection, US sprint legend Michael Johnson finds out what makes the difference... Read more



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