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Andre De Grasse, Canadian sprinter, still can't fathom sudden stardom

06/29/2015 03:00 EDT | Updated 06/29/2016 05:59 EDT
Olympian and CBC Sports producer Anson Henry chatted with Canada's newest sprint sensation Andre De Grasse on his latest podcast: I'm Not Arguing With You — "Nothing Personal."

With De Grasse's scintillating performances at the recent NCAA championships — the Canadian won the 100- and 200-metre events in 9.75 seconds and 19.58, respectively — he has gone from a virtually unknown sprinter to now being thrown into the same sentence with names giants Justin Gatlin and Usain Bolt.

Andre wrote about his sudden fame for CBCSports.ca last week.

He is now a real contender for medals in the Pan American Games this summer, along with the world championships in Beijing. The timing couldn't be better as the Olympics will be held in Rio in 2016.

De Grasse talks in depth of his performances and how life has changed since crossing the line after his amazing victories.

He also gets into his relationship with his coach Caryl Smith Gilbert, and is flirting with the idea of foregoing his last year at the University of Southern California and taking his talents to the professional level.

"My phone was blowing up after my races," said De Grasse. "It was dead. Other people had to tell me what was being said about me."

De Grasse also gave a preview to Canadian track and field championships in Edmonton, which begins Thursday.

"I can see a rivalry forming with Aaron Brown and myself; he's going to show up at Canadian trials. I can't count him out so I'm gonna be on my A-game"

"I'm glad to see Glenroy [Gilbert] back as the relay coach."

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