7 Reasons Why I Love Andre Degrasse

 

Who else has Olympic fever? Thank goodness I am not back to work yet and I can binge watch the games all day at my leisure. How about Mr. Lightening Bolt? The machine of a swimmer Michael Phleps? The tiny but mighty Simone Biles? I think if you have the dedication, focus and athletic ability to even make it to the Olympic games is an incredible feat. Whatever the event may be, wherever country you hail from, you are simply amazing.

My favourite event to watch is definitely track and field. When The Pan Am Games were hosted by Toronto last summer, I bought my ticket online to watch the track events immediately. It was there I first saw a young man named Andre Degrasse. Unfortunately he was warming up on the opposite side of  the stadium  from our seat location. I did manage to see him warm-up and run on the jumbo screen. A lot smaller than his competitors, Degrasse was fast. Very fast. Taking the gold medal in both the men’s 100 meter and 200 meter races. Mind you, Bolt was missing and recovering from a pulled hamstring injury so I am sure the results would have been different had Bolt been present at The Pan Am. Watching Degrasse race at these Rio Olympic games, I feel like I am getting to know more about his family life, running style and personality after he won the bronze medal in the men’s 100 meter. These are the reasons for Degrasse fever.

  1.  He’s Canadian. Of course I have a sense of national pride. Represent!

2. He loves his mama, and credits her support, love and guidance as a former sprinter herself for his success. After winning the bronze, he sought out his mom in the stadium among the masses.

3. He seems very humble. During interviews Degrasse is polite, smiling and lowering his head after accolades, again thanking his strong family life and upbringing. He also notes his errors and areas of improvement on the track.

4. He’s extremely homegrown. He hails from Markham (in the greater Toronto area). My nephew Julian went to his alma mater Father Michael McGivney. My friend Andrea went to the same high school as Degrasse, Markham High. I often visited her at her school many moons ago when we were teenagers. I can officially say I walked the same halls as a great Canadian Sprinter.

5. I read in an article that he loves oxtail and rice and peas. Hello! The boy has great taste in food.

6. He’s smart. Although Usain Bolt is his competitor, he does not view him as his rival but a knowledgeable mentor who he can learn from. I can see the world’s fastest man is advising the young sprinter, and Degrasse is drinking it all in.  Many in the media have called the camaraderie among these two athletes as a “bromance” but I think it is great respect on both ends. With their respective flags draped over their shoulders after the 100 meter results, they hugged, talking and laughing like the best of friends. Bolt telling the world to watch out for this youngster.

The bromance…..

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7. He demonstrates great sportsmanship, fist bumping other sprinters and congratulating competitors after racing.

 

As Bolt has said this is his final Olympic appearance, and Justin Gatlin is probably retiring at 34, I think we are looking at the future world’s fastest man. I think Bolt knows this, and I have to agree with Mr. Lightening. Confidence, sportsmanship, humility, intelligence and natural athletic ability. These are some of the key factors that make a champion. Of course a little oxtail and rice and peas as fuel probably helped too.

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Are you watching the games? What’s your favourite event? What are your highlights from the games so far? 

 

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8 thoughts on “7 Reasons Why I Love Andre Degrasse

  1. I have Olympic fever! But looking forward to it being over – too many late nights 🙂 And yes, love Andre. Such a likeable humble young man. I hope his success won’t go to his head but I don’t think so. He seems too grounded. Other stories I loved were the Fijians winning gold in rugby. This was the first gold medal ever for that tiny nation. Seeing those big guys weep tears of joy was so heart warming. Hey, maybe there’s hope for Belize yet. And of course loved seeing Canada’s Derek Drouin win gold in the high jump. Another likeable humble young man. Go Canada go! And kudos to Rio for doing a good job of hosting despite all the pre-games drama.

    1. I think his mom will make sure he stays humble, and ego doesn’t take over. Andy is very happy he’s half Trini. Lol!
      I didn’t see the Fijians take the gold in Rugby. Too bad I missed that! Love to hear of small nations doing so well on this worldwide platform. Heart-warming! That high jump win was great! What a boost for Canada. Enjoy the rest of the games, Fran!

  2. I loved seeing that race last night too. Of course since I’m Jamaican, I am just rooting for all the Jamaicans but I recognized that your DeGrasse is something special. I loved seeing him and Bolt joking with each other.
    I’ve found some new athletes to motivate me during these Olympics. Love it!

    1. There is no denying that Bolt is in a league of his own. He makes sprinting look like a easy walk in the park. Natural athletic ability. I think Degrasse will most likely get the silver in the men’s 200. Whatever the nationality, I couldn’t agree more Karen. These athletes are amazing!

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