|Born||February 3, 1991|
Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Weight||188 lb (85 kg)|
|Sport||Track and field|
|College team||Kansas State University|
|Coached by||Cliff Rovelto|
Erik Kynard Jr. (born February 3, 1991) is an American track and field athlete who competes in the high jump. In his Olympic debut at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London as a 21-year-old, he won a silver medal in the men's high jump. His silver medal was upgraded to gold in 2021 with the disqualification of original champion Ivan Ukhov from Russia for doping.
Kynard was born in 1991, the son of Erik Kynard and Brandynn Adams. He is a 2009 graduate of Rogers High School in Toledo, Ohio, and a graduate of Kansas State University where he trains under Cliff Rovelto. He jumps off his right leg.
At the 2012 United States Olympic Trials, Kynard made the Olympic team by placing second behind Jamie Nieto with a height of 2.28 m. At the Olympics, Kynard won silver behind Russian Ivan Ukhov with a height of 2.33 m, the first major international medal of his career. Ukhov won the competition with a height of 2.38 m. Throughout the high jump competition, Kynard was noticed by his American-themed tube socks.
At the start of the 2013 outdoor season, he cleared a world-leading mark of 2.34 m at the Mt SAC Relays. He won the high jump title at the United States Outdoor National Championships in 2014 and 2015: in the latter he tied his personal best, and the Meet record, of 2.37m (7' 9-1/4").
January 2022, Kynard accepted a 6 month ban and U.S. Anti-Doping Agency sanctioned while him despite him being retired for receiving an IV infusion of saline solution with no prohibited substances without a therapeutic use exemption.
|Representing the United States|
|2008||World Junior Championships||Bydgoszcz, Poland||19th (q)||High jump||2.10 m|
|2009||Pan American Junior Championships||Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago||2nd||High jump||2.10 m|
|2011||World Championships||Daegu, South Korea||14th (q)||High jump||2.28 m|
|Universiade||Shenzhen, China||13th||High jump||2.15 m|
|2012||Olympic Games||London, United Kingdom||1st||High jump||2.33 m|
|2013||World Championships||Moscow, Russia||5th||High jump||2.32 m|
|2014||World Indoor Championships||Sopot, Poland||3rd||High jump||2.34 m|
|2015||World Championships||Beijing, China||8th||High jump||2.25 m|
|2016||World Indoor Championships||Portland, United States||3rd||High jump||2.33 m|
|Olympic Games||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||6th||High jump||2.33 m|
|2017||World Championships||London, United Kingdom||–||High jump||NM|
|2018||World Indoor Championships||Birmingham, United Kingdom||4th||High jump||2.29 m|
|High jump (outdoor)||2.37||Lausanne, Switzerland||June 4, 2013|
|High jump (indoor)||2.34||Birmingham||February 15, 2014|