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Andre De Grasse

Sprint Superstar & Three-Time Olympic Medallist

At the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, up-and-coming sprint star Andre De Grasse showed the world what the future has in store for sprinting. He became the first Canadian to win Olympic medals in three sprint events, capped by a personal best in the 100m finals where he went toe-to-toe with the icon Usain Bolt. Since his Olympic success, Andre has channeled his competitive drive into motivating the next generation of aspiring athletes.

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

Presentations

Andre shines best in Q&A and interactive sessions.
See his Platform plus descriptions below.

Platform Plus

Panelist/In Conversation

Andre is available for panels & in-conversation events. He can discuss his inspiring personal journey, insights on performance, success mindset, and resilience.

Video/Online Program

From Twitter chats to Facebook live & everything in between, have Andre engage your network to help take your online discussions to the next level.

Awards

2017
BBPA | Harry Jerome Award

2016
Canadian Press | Male Athlete of the Year

  • Andre has absolutely transcended track...He's got an impact that I have never seen a track athlete have on kids and adults.

    - COO, Athletics Canada
  • I’m used to coaching people who have been in the sport for multiple years, and have their pre-set expectations of what they should be doing, and what is possible. And then [Andre] comes in and blows it all up. That was pretty cool.

    - Track & Field Coach Stu McMillan

Summary Profile

Once seen as one of Toronto’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 a high school track meet.

Andre was convinced by a friend to give track & field a try after his high school was unable to field a basketball team in his senior year. He laced up a pair of borrowed spikes and placed second in that first race without the benefit of starting blocks. 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.

Shortly after being discovered Andre earned a full scholarship to attend College in Kansas. Two years later, Andre had made himself a highly-touted recruit, pursued by the top track & field programs across the world. He made the decision to attend the University of Southern California in the fall of 2014, where he won two World Championship bronze medals and two NCAA titles. He officially turned pro in late 2015.

Competing in his first Olympics, Andre ran a new personal best in the 100m final in Rio, to capture a bronze medal behind Justin Gatlin of the USA and Usain Bolt of Jamaica. In the semi-finals of the 200m, Andre lowered his own Canadian record running 19.80 before racing to a silver medal in the final behind Usain Bolt. He went on to win his third medal of the Games, anchoring the men’s 4x100m relay team to a bronze medal in a new national record time of 37.64.

Before the 2016 Olympics, Andre competed at the IAAF World Championships in 2015 where he tied for the bronze medal in the 100m. This made him Canada’s first world medalist in the event since 1999. Andre ran sub-10 seconds in all three rounds of competition. He was also part of the 4x100m relay team that won bronze. Earlier in the summer at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, Andre swept the 100m and 200m events in dramatic fashion.

Andre attributes much of his success to his support team, from coaches to family to medical support staff, “Each one helped get me to where I am today and played a role in my success.”