PREVIEW: Michael Johnson Meets..., Channel 4
US Olympic sprint legend Michael Johnson interviews four of Britain's most celebrated Paralympic champions about their lives, careers and aims for Tokyo 2020.
Conducting in depth interviews across two continents, Michael talks to swimming icon Ellie Simmonds, sprint and cycling sensation Kadeena Cox, table tennis star Will Bayley and wheelchair racing queen Hannah Cockroft as they share their personal challenges, competitive conditioning and the secrets behind their numerous successes.
At just 13 years old, Ellie Simmonds shot to fame after returning from Beijing 2008 as Britain's youngest ever Paralympic gold medallist. Now, on the eve of her fourth Games, the five-time champion talks frankly to Michael about the pressures of teen stardom, what caused her to almost quit the sport and her ambitions for Tokyo 2020 and beyond.
From double stroke victim to double Paralympic champion, Kadeena Cox tells Michael how she turned Olympic ambition into Paralympic success in two different sports. Having both experienced strokes, Kadeena and Michael compare experiences as Kadeena talks about battling multiple sclerosis, her struggles with food and the pressure to defend her sprint and cycling titles in Tokyo.
Michael Johnson Meets... begins Saturday 14th August on Channel 4.