The confirmation of the Tokyo Olympics 2021 has ignited excitement and anticipation for the athlete’s performance that will change the course of the result.
Derek Drouin is one of the promising athletes known to alter the course with his effort and hard work.
The Canadian field and track athlete is known for his notable performance in the high jump.
During his college career, he was a five-time NCAA Champion in the high jump as a member of Indiana Hoosiers.
Likewise, Drouin is a rising Olympic Champion who has consecutively won gold in the 2015 and 2016 World Champions.
Before diving into his career journey, let’s look at some interesting quick facts about him.
Derek Drouin: Quick Facts
|Full name||Derek Drouin|
|Birthdate||6 March 1990|
|Birthplace||Sarnia, Ontario, Canada|
|Age||32 years old|
|Father’s name||Gaetan Drouin|
|Mother’s name||Sheila (née Teschke) Drouin|
|High School||Not Mentioned|
|College||Indiana University Bloomington|
|Marital status||Not Mentioned|
|Wife’s Name||Not Mentioned|
|Weight||Kilograms – 80 kg|
Pounds – 176 lbs
|Height||Meter: 1.94 m|
Feet and Inches – 6′4″
|Shoe Size||8 Uk|
|Sport||Track and field|
|College Team||Indiana Hoosiers|
|Personal Bests||High Jump: 2.40 m|
|Salary||$70k to USD 90k (approximately)|
|Net Worth||$4 million to $6 million (approximately)|
|Social Media||Instagram, Twitter|
|High Jump Merch||Shoes, Bungee Cord|
|Last Update||November, 2022|
Derek Drouin: Early Life & Parents
The famous high jump competitor, Derek Drouin, was born on 6 March 1990 in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.
He was born to Sheila (née Teschke) and Gaetan Drouin being the only son in the family. The Drouin family also has two daughters, Jillian Drouin and Alysha Drouin.
Similar to his interest, Drouin’s sister, Jullian, is also an international competition for Canada.
At a young age of going to kindergarten, Drouin first learned to high jump when his teacher introduced the sport to the class.
After being familiar with the sport, with curiosity and anticipation, Drouin went home, and with the help of broom over two speakers, he began leaping over it.
Thus, this marked his beginning in the sport, which would open his door to achievements and success.
At the age of nine, he began running track, and by the age of fifteen, he began his training in the high jump.
Later, in 2013, Derek Drouin went to Indiana University and graduated with a degree in Kinesiology.
Derek Drouin Career
Drouin first got familiar with the high jump during his days in kindergarten. In 2009, he achieved his first-ever international success after victory over the 2009 Pan American Junior Championships in the high jump.
He won the championship for Canada with a record of clearing 2.27 m. After the international exposure, he went into future competitions.
Derek Drouin competed in the NCAA with the Indiana Hoosiers track team. He won the NCAA championship in the high jump, making him the first Hoosier athlete to win the championship.
After his first achievement in the NCAA championship, he became the first athlete to win 5 NCAA in the high jump in the NCAA history.
However, in the 2012 Summer Olympics, which took place in London, England, he won the Bronze medal with a jump of 2.29 meters.
His achievement was Canada’s first medal in the high jump since the 1976 Summer Olympics.
The World Championships of 2013
The 2013 World Championships in Athletics took place in Moscow. The championship was the next major challenge for Derek Drouin.
In the games, Drouin was unable to achieve 2.41 m. However, he was in the bronze competition with a personal best and a national record of 2.38 m.
After the World Champions, Derek Drouin dedicated his time to improving and putting effort into his performance.
On September 4, 2013, he won his first major international title after the World Champions in the 7th edition of the Francophone Games in Nice, France.
Despite the clearance of a 2.30 m high jump performed by three men, Drouin was able to take away the victory with his perfect first attempt at it.
Likewise, his record-breaking season included three major awards from Athletics Canada.
His skillful performance earned him the Jack W. Davis Trophy with the title of outstanding athlete of the year.
He was also awarded the F.N.A Rowell Trophy as athlete of the year in the field events.
Similarly, Drouin’s outstanding performance led him to become the Cal D. Bricker Memorial Trophy holder.
The Rise of Derek Drouin (2014)
Derek Drouin enhanced his performance reaching new heights and breaking records in the following outdoor season with hard work and training.
In 2014, he improved his Canadian jumping with a record of 2.40 at the Drake Relays event in Des Moines, United States.
In a competition on April 25, Drouin cleared his first eight heights on his first attempt, winning at 2.38m.
Similarly, he cleared the 2.40 jump on his third attempt to set a new Canadian record. The record made him the tenth man in the world to jump 2.40 or higher outdoors.
In the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Drouin won the gold medal with a jump of 2.31m. However, he failed to clear a jump of 2.37 on his later attempt to set the Commonwealth Games record.
2015 Pan Am & World Champion
The 2015 season was filled with opportunities for Derek Drouin with participation in two big events: Pan American Games in Toronto and the World Championships in Athletics.
The Pan American Games took place in his hometown, and he won the gold medal.
After the victory, Drouin commented that the last two meets were his season bests, and he was glad he didn’t waste such an opportunity in front of the supporting crowd.
Derek Drouin reached the finals in a four-way jumpoff in the World Championships with a cleared 2.33 m jump. However, despite the hard work, he was unable to make it to the 2.36 m jump.
He did manage to clear a 2.35 m jump on his first try leading him to secure his world title. After his victory, Derek Drouin talked about his frustration and patience, which helped to earned the world title.
After years of hard work and patience, Derek Drouin accelerated his career in the 2016 Summer Olympics.
In the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Drouin jumped his season’s best height of 2.38 meters.
With such a record, he won the gold medal and defeated his opponents, Barshim and Bondarenko.
He succeeded in clearing all of the heights on his first attempt; however, he could not complete the 2.40 m jump while going for the Olympic record.
With such achievement, he became the first Canadian male to win a gold medal, and it was the second medal won by a Canadian male athlete.
The gold medal won by Derek Drouin was Canada’s third gold medal during the Rio de Janeiro games.
Similarly, he was the first Canadian to win the gold medal in field sports after Duncan McNaughton in the 1932 Summer Olympics.
After participating in the 2016 Rio Olympics, Duicon dedicated his time and training for Decathlon for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
However, due to injury problems before the 2017 World Championships, he was unable to participate. The injury to his Achilles tendon restricted him from participating in the championships.
Olympic champ Derek Drouin withdraws from the Tokyo 2020 trials.
The high jump champ, Derek Drouin, announced his social media on 25th June, Friday, addressing that he would be withdrawing from the trials.
Drouin further highlighted that he has not properly recovered from the European athletics season.
In the recent years, he struggled with many injuries, including a serious spinal condition that required surgery along with three Achilles tendon tears.
“My body isn’t ready, but I take comfort in knowing that we did absolutely everything in our power to get on that ‘start line.’ Sometimes things don’t work out.” Derek wrote on Instagram
“I don’t know what the end of this Olympic qualifying period is going to look like,” he’d said. “But right now, I can say that I’m really, really happy that I’m trying.”
Derek Drouin: Relationship & Girlfriend
The high jump athlete Derek Drouin has no records of past relationships. As of the present date, he is not dating anyone.
According to different sources, Drouin is possibly single and has not been previously engaged.
Derek Drouin: Net Worth & Income
The rising athlete Derek Drouin’s net worth is estimated to be around $4 million – $6 million.
His monthly income/salary is approximately estimated to be around $70k to USD 90k, and his primary income source is through Athlete.
Drouin lives a luxurious life in a big bungalow with a luxury car. However, the 32 years old athlete enjoys traveling, and we can his destination stops in his social media posts and stories.
Social Media Presence
Derek Drouin is seen quite active in his social media accounts, updating his followers about different activities and announcements.
One can even follow him to know about his daily updates and news about his training.
Instagram: 15.5k followers with 476 followings
Twitter: 7959 followers with 139 followings.
Frequent Asked Questions (FAQs)
Which University did Derek Drouin go to?
Before starting his career as an athlete, Derek Drouin went to the Indiana University Bloomington.