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Olympic Champion Michael Johnson Teams with Fitness Legend Dr. Kenneth Cooper to Build World-Class Athletic Performance Training and Research Center in Texas.

Coordination with Dr. Cooper Elevates Athletic Performance Training Complex to Olympic Caliber

MCKINNEY, Texas McKinney is a city in Collin County, Texas (USA), the county seat and second in population to Plano. As of the 2006, the North Central Texas Council of Governments estimated the city population to be 102,853. , June 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Five-time Olympic gold Olympic Gold is the official video game of the XXV Olympic Summer Games, hosted by Barcelona, Spain in 1992. It was released for the Sega consoles, Mega Drive/Genesis and Master System, and Sega's handheld, Game Gear.  medalist and world's fastest man Michael Johnson Michael Johnson or Mike Johnson may refer to:
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  • Michael Johnson (athlete) (born 1967), multiple Olympic and World Championship winner
 will team with Kenneth H. Cooper, M.D., M.P.H. to create the state's first Olympic-caliber athletic training athletic training Sports medicine The practice of physical conditioning and reconditioning of athletes and prevention of injuries incurred by athletes. See Athlete, Athletic trainer.  and sports science Sports science is a discipline that studies the application of scientific principles and techniques with the aim of improving sporting performance. Human movement is a related scientific discipline that studies human movement in all contexts including that of sport.  center at Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas, north of Dallas. An extension of Johnson's international athletic performance and training consultancy for professional athletes, the Michael Johnson Performance Training Center at Craig Ranch is his first "bricks-and-mortar" training center and will become an international destination for elite athletes from around the world seeking expert training to perform their best.

In conjunction with Johnson's world-class training center, Dr. Cooper has announced plans to build The Cooper Institute for Sports Medicine sports medicine, branch of medicine concerned with physical fitness and with the treatment and prevention of injuries and other disorders related to sports. Knee, leg, back, and shoulder injuries; stiffness and pain in joints; tendinitis; "tennis elbow"; and  Research. The Institute stands to be among the finest exercise physiology testing and research facilities in the world aimed toward testing and improving athletic performance. This strategic collaboration between The Cooper Institute for Sports Medicine Research and the Michael Johnson Performance Training Center will bring to North Texas an athletic training, exercise physiology research and sports medicine complex modeled after the U.S. Olympic Training Center and the Australian Institute of Sport, which represent the finest models in the world.

In addition to attracting international elite athletes, the Michael Johnson Performance Training Center also will serve North Texas youth and recreational athletes from the McKinney, Frisco, Plano, Allen and North Dallas areas. Estimated completion of the 23,000-square-foot training center is scheduled for early 2007.

"It's an honor to return home to Texas and take the next step in achieving my dream of building a truly Olympic-caliber athletic performance training center designed for aspiring and elite athletes from around the world," said Michael Johnson, president and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. , Michael Johnson Performance, Inc. "While this training center is about much more than just track and field, we plan to make our track stadium the top destination for youth track and field development in the country. We also plan to host major elite professional track and field events that will help revitalize interest in the sport on a national level, which has long been in decline."

The Michael Johnson Performance Training Center will be equipped with the most state-of-the-art training equipment available and feature an 8-lane, 400- meter, 4,000-seat rubberized outdoor track stadium with grass infield. The center also will feature a full-court basketball gym, 60-yard indoor track, strength training areas, and a physical therapy center. Additionally, the facility is located adjacent to The Cooper Institute for Sports Medicine Research, an Olympic-size, 50-meter swimming pool, and championship baseball, softball and soccer facilities. The outdoor track will be developed through a public-private partnership between the City of McKinney and real estate developer Wellstone Communities.

"By building our training center in collaboration with the Cooper Institute, we're effectively transforming Dallas/Fort Worth into an epicenter for athletic performance training and sports science," said Johnson. "Because of our team's international reputation and proven results, some of the biggest names in sports soon will be training at our facility in McKinney. We're already coordinating with international Olympic governing agencies to train their Olympic hopefuls at Craig Ranch."

Athletes of all ages and skill levels will have access to the same customized approach to achieving athletic excellence as many of today's best- known professional athletes who have been trained by Johnson and his staff. A partial roster of Michael Johnson Performance clients past and present include Olympic gold medalist Jeremy Wariner, the Chinese Athletics Federation, Nike, the Australian Athletics Federation, the South African Olympic Committee, among others. Johnson also has trained many well-known professional athletes in the past, including the Dallas Cowboys' Roy Williams and the New York New York, state, United States
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 Giants' Eli Manning.

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About Craig Ranch

Craig Ranch is a 2,000-acre, master-planned development located in McKinney, Texas, north of Dallas. The development's "New Urbanism" concept combines distinctive luxury residences with state-of-the-art features such as the PGA Tour Tournament Players Club Tournament Players Club (TPC) is a chain of American public and private golf clubs operated by the PGA Tour. Most of the courses either are or had been hosts for PGA Tour events, and even those that have never hosted an event on the main tour have frequently hosted events on the  at Craig Ranch Golf Course and the world- class, 75,000-square-foot Cooper Aerobics Center. Residences at Craig Ranch include single-family homes, stately villas and urban-style town homes. For more information, please visit

Note to Business Editors:

Michael Griffin, principal, Transwestern Commercial Services, represented Michael Johnson Performance in the real estate lease and stadium negotiations.

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