Biography:

Derek Drouin won Canada’s lone athletics medal at London 2012 when he was part of a three-way tie for bronze after clearing 2.29m. It was Canada’s first Olympic high jump medal since Greg Joy’s silver at Montreal 1976. Drouin solidified his spot amongst the world’s elite with his bronze medal at the 2013 IAAF World Championships. He reached a new career high in 2015 when he was crowned world champion just a month after winning gold at the Pan American Games in Toronto. Drouin had previously won gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Earlier in 2014, Drouin broke his own Canadian record with a jump of 2.40m at the Drake Relays, making him one of just 12 men in history to reach that height. In 2013, Drouin had won his record fifth NCAA high jump title while representing Indiana University, for which he was honoured with the Hoosiers’ Best Individual Performance of the Year as well as the school’s Male Athlete of the Year.

PERSONAL

Family: Parents Gaetan and Sheila Drouin… Older sister Jillian is a two-time Canadian high jump champion and member of the 2015 Pan Am Games team… Older sister Alysha… Getting into the Sport: Started running track at age 9 but didn’t get into high jump until he was 15… When he was younger it was just another sport offered by his school; as he got older he became attracted to the pure athleticism it takes to excel and that you get out of it what you put in… Inspired to represent Canada in some sport after watching Simon Whitfield win gold at Sydney 2000 when he was 10… Outside Interests: Graduated from Indiana University in 2013 with a degree in Kinesiology… Enjoys reading, movies, exploring new cities, and playing other sports (hockey, volleyball, golf)… Odds and Ends: Says the closest thing to a good luck charm he’s ever had are the Teddy Grahams he usually has in his bag to snack on during competitions… Nickname: Drouin, D… Always travels with at least one book…