Air Canada Athlete of the Year 2016
Derek Drouin
Derek Drouin

Why Derek?

Derek Drouin won high jump gold at Rio 2016 to become Canada’s first Olympic champion in an athletics field event since Duncan McNaughton also won the high jump at Los Angeles 1932. Impressively, Drouin became just the sixth high jumper, male or female, to win Olympic gold without a single missed attempt. He was also the first Canadian track and field athlete to repeat as an Olympic medalist in an individual event since Phil Edwards did so in the 800m at Los Angeles 1932 and Berlin 1936. Drouin also won Canada’s lone athletics medal at London 2012 when he was part of a three-way tie for bronze after clearing 2.29m. Just a year earlier, he had torn three ligaments in his jumping foot and chipped a bone, requiring him to undergo surgery. He reached a previous career high in 2015 when he was crowned world champion just a month after winning gold at the Pan American Games in Toronto.

Career highlights

  • Olympic Games: 2016 – GOLD; 2012 – BRONZE
  • Pan American Games: 2015 – GOLD
  • Commonwealth Games: 2014 – GOLD
  • IAAF World Championships: 2015 – GOLD; 2013 – BRONZE
  • IAAF Continental Cup: 2014 – 4th

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“The real purpose of running isn’t to win a race, it’s to test the limits of the human heart.” -- Bill Bowerman

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