Sprinter Ben Johnson For Stint On ‘Dancing With The Stars?’

Will former 100 meters world record holder Ben Johnson appear on next season’s ‘Dancing With The Star?’

Just days before the one time fastest man on the planet speaks about the use of performance enhancing drugs in athletics and his other projects at the inaugural CLM TV Sports Symposium to be held at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, New York on Thursday May 27, TV reporter/author Sandy Daley caught up with him at the Track & Field Center in Toronto.

Johnson spoke candidly about his upcoming book titled “Seoul to Soul” that will be published this fall – more than 22 years since he was stripped of his 100 Olympic gold medal at 1988 summer games in Seoul. Johnson also spoke about his personal safety, once the book is published and hinted at a possible stint on next season’s “Dancing With The Stars” in Europe.

“They contacted me a few days ago about ‘Dancing With The Stars.’ Hopefully they will select me. I won’t know until mid June” an elated Johnson disclosed.

During his athletics career, he set consecutive 100 meters world records at the 1987 World Championships in Athletics and the 1988 Summer Olympics. At the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Australia he won two silver medals. Two years later at the Los Angeles Games, he won the 100m bronze medal behind Carl Lewis with a time of 10.22. A year later he whipped his arc rival at the 1986 Goodwill Games, where he ran 9.95. He also won Commonwealth gold at the 1986 games beating Linford Christie in the 100 m and later broke the seven-year old world record in the 60 meters with a time of 6.50 seconds.

Other confirmed panelists at the Symposium are Teddy McCook, Executive of the Jamaica Olympic Association & regional IAAF representative; Olympians Raymond Stewart & Grace Jackson; Devon Harris, a member of Jamaica’s original Bobsled Team and Bruce James, TV sports analysts and President of MVP Track Club, home of Olympic champions Shelly Ann-Frasier, Bridgette Foster-Hylton and former world record holder Asafa Powell. The Sports Symposium will discuss issues relating to ‘The Legacy of the Beijing Olympics and the World Championship,’ brand Jamaica and sports tourism.