A University of South Dakota track and field coach wears the title of a four-time Olympian.
Now, eight years after he was just shy of stepping onto the podium, he could add Olympic medal winner to his title.
That's without even competing in the next games.
"I missed a call from my agent and she just left a message and said you're an Olympic medalist, pick up your phone,” says Derek Miles of Tea.
It's a call Miles wasn't expecting to get, but was happy it came.
"It's similar to when you make the Olympic team, you kind of go through that like 'is that really happening' you know is this really taking place," says Miles. "It's kind of nice to revisit those feelings."
When it comes to pole vaulting today, Miles is sticking to the sideline as the USD track and field associated director.
But back in 2008, he was competing in the Beijing Olympic Games.
"In 2008, I was jumping the best of my career and I jumped 19 ft. two days before and 19'2 days after,” explains Miles.
Those jumps would have been enough for the retired Olympian to win a medal, however, on the day of the finals Miles jumped an 18'8.
"All I had to do was do what I was doing for the last three months and it just, that kept me up for about 2 to 3 weeks,” says Miles. “That was a tough one."
It was Ukraine athlete Denys Yurchenko who beat out Miles for the third place spot.
But after positive doping results that recently came out, Miles could get a medal after all.
"I still have a very competitive personality and my perspective on it is man, I should have just gotten it done on the day, this wouldn't have been a problem,” says Miles. "Given drug issues or not, I still should have been able to beat him."
But that doesn't mean the track and field star won't have joy in receiving a bronze medal.
To him, it'll represent all of his hard work.
That includes all three Olympics he competed in (2004, 2008, 2012), the year he served as an alternate in 2000, and all six times he's competed in the Track and Field World Championships.
"I think that would be nice to have at the end of the career and say here's something I can anchor on."
The Russian pole vaulting athlete is one of ten 2008 Olympic athletes that the International Olympic Committee stripped medals from across track and field, weightlifting and wrestling on Thursday.