The fastest man in Canada at the moment now has his own street in Markham, Ont.
Andre De Grasse, a three-time Olympic medallist in Rio, was presented with his own street sign at a celebration on Sunday in his hometown of Markham, just outside of Toronto. The 21-year-old also marched in a homecoming parade as he was welcomed back home following his historic performance in Rio.
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Markham Mayor, Frank Scarpitti, presented De Grasse and his mother Beverley with the large, green sign, which is expected to be installed on a local street soon. The Canadian sprinter won a silver in the men’s 200m and bronze in the 4x100m relay and 100m in Brazil at his first Olympic Games.
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Fellow Olympians Maxime Brinck-Croteau and Rose LaBrèche were also on hand for the celebration at the Markham Pan Am Centre on Sunday. Aug. 14, 18 and 19 are now known as “Andre De Grasse Day” since the Canadian won medals on those three days in 2016.
Following his Olympic performance, De Grasse has been hitting the books and finishing up his sociology degree that he started while at the University of Southern California. De Grasse put off school temporarily when he signed a contract with Puma in late 2015 and moved to Arizona to train with the ALTIS sprint group and Stuart McMillan.
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De Grasse showed off his trio of medals at the ceremony as hundreds of fans packed the centre and thousands more greeted him on the streets of Markham. He was born in nearby Scarborough but grew up and attended high school in Markham.
On Friday, De Grasse visited his old high school to greet students and staff as well as run a lap of the track to kick off the school’s Terry Fox Run.