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Leevan Sands

Leevan Sands

LEEVAN SANDS

  • TITLE Assistant Track and Field Coach
  • EMAIL leevan.sands@unco.edu

Olympic Bronze medalist and four-time Olympian Leevan “Superman” Sands joined the Northern Colorado track and field staff in September, 2019.

Sands competed in the 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympics, winning the bronze in the triple jump with a mark of 17.59m at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He took fifth place in the 2012 London Olympics. Sands is a six-time World Championship finalist, winning bronze at the 2003 World Championships in Paris, France and won silver at the 2015 Pan Am games in the triple jump. 

One of the best track and field athletes from the Bahama’s, Sands is a 13-time national champion and holds the country’s record for the triple jump with his mark from the 2008 Olympics. 

Sands attended Auburn University where he won the NCAA long jump in 2003 and triple jump title in 2004. He was the silver medalist in the 2003 triple jump. Sands earned the SEC’s 2004 SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor. 

While competing as a world class athlete he started mentoring and coaching younger athletes. In 2018-19 he coached the third best female triple jumper in the United States and a pair of state champions. 

Sands holds a level 1 USATF certification. 

The nickname Superman was given to Sands when he was 15 years old by Bahamian sports reporter Charles Fisher. He gave Sands the nickname because of his hang/jump technique going into the sand pit. He lived up to the nickname after he came back from a ruptured patellar tendon at the 2012 Olympics. His two-year recovery helped him qualify for the Olympics in 2016 and earn the honor of being the Bahamas’ flag beare

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