Cheer on team
Canada
Andre Degrasse, sprinter athlete in 2021 Olympic games
Birthdate: November 10, 1994
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON
Hometown: MARKHAM, ON
Gold Medals
Silver Medals 1
Bronze Medals 2

Olympic Games

2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janerio

AndreDe Grasse

Sprinter

How did it feel to learn the 2020 Summer Games were postponed? What have you done to manage and prepare for games this summer?

I went through a lot of different emotions. At first I was shocked and disappointed. But the situation with COVID-19 also put things into perspective for me. I’m so fortunate to be an Olympian and do what I love for work. I’ve used the extra time to be with my family and pursue some projects, including writing a children’s book and charitable activities tied to COVID relief.

What does Team Canada mean to you?

It makes me really proud to represent Canada. Each time I put on the Canadian uniform I’m reminded of how fortunate I am to have grown up in a country that celebrates freedom and diversity.

How does it feel to hear your fans cheering for you when you’re about to compete?

It’s an incredible experience. When I walk out of the tunnel and see the Canadian flag waving and hear people chanting my name, it’s really inspiring. I use that energy to charge me up and remind myself that “we’re here…it’s time!” Once I actually get into the starting blocks, it’s quiet and I don’t hear anything. I just wait for the starting gun and then I blast out of the blocks and focus on getting up to top speed. I’m in the moment and focused 100% on executing my best race and trying to get to the finish line first

How does it feel to get a Cheer card?

It’s an amazing feeling to get something in the mail (and it’s not a bill!). I get messages on social media, but now I’m actually getting someone to write to me and put it in their own words. It feels amazing to take 5 to 10 minutes out of my day to read about how I inspire them. I can’t wait to actually get some going into the Olympics. That’s definitely going to fuel me up.