ANDRE DE GRASSE
Competing in his first Olympics at just 21 years of age, Andre De Grasse captured three Olympic medals in Rio. He ran a new personal best in the 100m final to earn a bronze medal. In the semi-finals of the 200m, Andre lowered his own Canadian record before racing to a silver medal in the final behind Usain Bolt. He won his third medal of the Games, anchoring the men’s 4x100m relay team to a bronze medal in a new national record time.
Wining double bronze at the 2015 World Championships in the 100m and 4x100m relay capped off a remarkable year for Andre, in which he swept the 100m and 200m events at both the NCAA Championships and Pan Am Games.
Andre was born in Scarborough, Ontario and raised by his mother Beverley De Grasse in Markham. Beverley was a high school sprinter growing up in Trinidad & Tobago before moving to Canada in her twenties. Once one of Ontario’s most promising basketball players, Andre’s life changed in the space of 10.9 seconds, the time it took him to run his first 100m at the York Region High School Championships without the use of starting blocks or any former
training. Tony Sharpe, himself an Olympic medalist for Canada at the 1984 Olympics, was in the stands that day and immediately took Andre under his wing. Andre joined Sharpe’s Speed Academy track club and by the following summer had set a new Canadian junior record of 10.25.
In efforts to improve his grades and earn a college scholarship, Andre enrolled at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas, spending two years there before heading to USC in the fall of 2014. He took off one semester to prepare for Rio but kept the promise he made to himself and his family by going back USC to complete his degree immediately following the Olympics.