Derek Drouin

Derek Drouin is a Canadian track and field athlete that competed for Team Canada in high jump. Drouin’s Olympic successes were mirrored by his dominance at the collegiate level. He is the only student-athlete to ever win five NCAA high jump titles (three indoor, two outdoor). He also won seven Big Ten titles, was a seven-time All-American, and a three-time Indiana University Male Athlete of the Year. He went on to win a silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London and a gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. Drouin was the first Canadian to win Olympic gold in a field event since Duncan McNaughton in 1932. He also won gold medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the 2015 Pan American Games, and the 2015 IAAF World Championships. Drouin is in impressive company, as he is one of only 10 male high jumpers to clear a height of 2.4 m outdoors — the Canadian record. He has also been recognized for introducing innovative new techniques to the sport and has been called “the best high jumper of the modern era.” Photo courtesy CBC.