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Derek Miles

Track and Field

  • 2004
  • 2008
  • 2012

Name: Derek Miles
Sport: Track & Field
Discipline: Pole Vault
Height: 6’3”
Weight: 190
Current Residence: Tea, South Dakota
College: University of South Dakota '96

Olympic Experience:
  • 2004 Olympic Games, 7th in men's pole vault
  • 2008 Olympic Games, 4th in men's pole vault
  • 2012 Olympic Games, did not advance to finals in pole vault
Career Highlights:
  • Two-time USA Outdoor champion
  • 2003 USA Indoor champion
  • Two-time USA Outdoor runner-up
  • 2008 World Athletics Final champ
  • Four-time NCAA Division II All-American
  • 2012 NBA Champion
  • 2006 Henry Heider Memorial Coyote Sports Hall of Fame inductee

Fun Facts: When he’s not competing in the Olympic Games or claiming USA championships, Miles can be found coaching at his alma mater, the University of South Dakota. He is currently in his 10th season as an assistant coach, working primarily with pole vault and jumps ... Following completion of his undergraduate degree in history, he earned his masters in athletic administration in 1998—both degrees are from South Dakota ... His favorite hobby is paragliding, something that he picked up from fellow pole vaulter and training partner Tye Harvey ... Miles married his wife Tori, who is also a South Dakota grad, in 2004

Learn more: 
USA Track & Field