USD alum, track coach to be presented Olympic bronze medal

VERMILION, S.D. (KSFY) - A University of South Dakota alum will receive a special medal next week.

Photo: USD Track and Field

Assistant track and field coach Derek Miles will be presented with an Olympic bronze medal by the International Olympic Committee on Monday.

Miles placed fourth in the pole vault during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, but the third place winner, Denys Yurchenko from Ukraine, was one of many athletes stripped of his medal after the IOC found banned substances in retests of samples from the games.

The ceremony will be held at the DakotaDome Club inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center at 10 a.m.

Miles, Sen. John Thune and U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun are all scheduled to speak at the ceremony.

Miles, a native of California, is a three-time Olympian, competing in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

He has spent 14 years with the USD track and field program. He lives in Tea with his wife Tori and their son Ariston.