2016 Golden Shoe Awards: Trackie of the Year – Andre De Grasse

Andre De Grasse is the real deal. The 22-year-old Canadian won three Olympic medals in Rio and set a two national records at the 2016 Games.

Andre De Grasse
Andre De Grasse
Photo: Laci Perenyi.

Every year, Canadian Running names its Golden Shoe Awards. After a national reader’s survey and round-table conversations with CR‘s regular contributors and experts, we recognize the best and most essential runners, races, clubs and places in the country.

Trackie of the Year: Andre De Grasse

At the Rio Olympics Andre De Grasse became Usain Bolt’s heir apparent as the next great generational track athlete, and a global star. De Grasse went toe-to-toe with the fastest man on Earth and earned himself three medals (a silver and two bronze), along with some extraordinary social media hyped moments.

Olympic men’s 100m final

Olympic men’s 200m final

De Grasse also ran a national record in the 200m, arguably his best event, and anchored the men’s 4x100m relay team to a long sought-after podium finish and another national record. With De Grasse, Canada has a transcendent track star that will go into the 2020 Games as the man to beat in the 100m and 200m.