Canadian sprint superstar Andre De Grasse was asked some burning questions in a 60-second challenge with Maclean’s. The three-time Olympic medallist admits his preference of National Hockey League team, his go-to coffee establishment and the best advice he has ever received.
De Grasse has spent the last week fielding media requests as he returned home with celebrity status after putting on a show at the Rio Olympics. He won silver in the 200m and a pair of bronze in the 100m and 4x100m relay.
The 21-year-old is sponsored by Puma and considered the heir to Usain Bolt’s global sprint dominance as the Jamaican is expected to retire in 2017. Bolt completed the triple-triple, three gold medals in three consecutive Olympic Games, in Rio. The Brazil Olympics were his fourth trip to the quadrennial event.
De Grasse reveals that he’s a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs and prefers Tim Hortons over Starbucks despite being based out of Arizona. He trains with the ALTIS sprint group.
Questions and answers
What item can’t you do without?
Toronto Maple Leafs or L.A. Kings?
“Toronto Maple Leafs.” (De Grasse lived in Los Angeles while attending the University of Southern California.)
Best advice you’ve ever received?
“Listen to your mom.”
Scarborough or Markham?
“Markham.” (De Grasse was born in Scarborough but was raised in Markham, both part of the Greater Toronto Area.)
What does your mother call you when she’s mad?
No answer. (Decided to skip the question.)
Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps?
Starbucks or Tim Hortons?
What’s your current state of mind?