Ashton Eaton
American decathlete and world record holder in the heptathlon.
Ashton Eaton
Ashton Eaton is an American decathlete, who competes for the Oregon Track Club Elite team based in Eugene, Oregon. He currently holds the world record in the heptathlon.
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Oregon Olympic Track Star Ashton Eaton Retires
NPR - about 2 months
Two-time Olympic gold medal winner Ashton Eaton has announced he is retiring from track and field.
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American Decathlete Ashton Eaton: The 'World's Greatest Athlete,' Twice
NPR - 6 months
Eaton, 28, became one of the few men in Olympic history to repeat as a decathlon champion.
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The Latest: Ashton Eaton leads halfway through decathlon
Yahoo News - 6 months
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):
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Olympic Decathlon Rivalry: Two Roads to 10 Events
Wall Street Journal - 7 months
Despite a tiny training budget for Rio, Jeremy Taiwo has been in pursuit of champion Ashton Eaton in the decathlon since their college days.
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The Eatons, Competing for Different Countries, Are on the Same Team
NYTimes - 7 months
The Canadian heptathlete Brianne Theisen-Eaton, who has struggled with self-doubt, has a supportive training partner in her husband, the U.S. decathlete Ashton Eaton.
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Gigi Hadid graces cover of 'Vogue,' says it's a 'dream come true'
Fox News - 8 months
The 21-year-old model shows off her sporty side with Olympic decathlete Ashton Eaton.
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Eatons looking for unprecedented double gold in Rio
Reuters.com - 12 months
(Reuters) - Ashton Eaton and Brianne Theisen-Eaton, athletics' best-known couple, are not letting widespread concerns about the Zika virus stand in the way of a bid for unprecedented double gold medals at the Rio Olympics.
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American Eaton takes top male award for 2015
Reuters.com - over 1 year
MONACO (Reuters) - American decathlete Ashton Eaton was named the IAAF's male athlete of the year for 2015 on Thursday after breaking the world record to win the world title.
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Bolt, Eaton, Taylor up for Athlete of the Year award
Reuters.com - over 1 year
LONDON (Reuters) - Usain Bolt, Ashton Eaton and Christian Taylor are the finalists for the 2015 World Athlete of the Year award, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said on Wednesday.
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A Couple Shines at World Track and Field Championships
NYTimes - over 3 years
One month after their marriage, Ashton Eaton and Brianne Theisen-Eaton have two shiny new wedding presents, respectively gold and silver medals in Moscow’s track and field championships.
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Canadian Brianne Theisen stands fourth through first day of heptathlon
Yahoo News - over 3 years
MOSCOW - One day after Ashton Eaton won his first world title in the decathlon, his new wife is in the running for a medal in the heptathlon.
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Eaton takes decathlon gold to complete dream treble
Reuters.com - over 3 years
MOSCOW (Reuters) - American Ashton Eaton cemented his position as the world's greatest athlete when he won the world decathlon title on Sunday, completing a spectacular hat-trick having won Olympic gold and broken the world record last year.
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Olympic champion Eaton wants decathlon in Diamond League
Reuters.com - almost 4 years
(Reuters) - Olympic decathlon champion Ashton Eaton wants the multi-discipline event to be included in the Diamond League series.
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Q&A: Gold medalist Ashton Eaton on the importance of being a kid
The Business Journals - almost 4 years
Oregon native Ashton Eaton may have won Olympic Gold this summer in the decathlon, but now he's working alongside Nike Inc. on a feat that may be even more challenging. Washington County-based Nike (NYSE: NKE) on Thursday morning said it will invest $50 million over the next five years on an initiative backed by First Lady Michelle Obama to increase physical activity in America's schools. To champion the cause, Nike enlisted an impressive list of A-list athletes to appear at its announcement in…
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William Bradley: London's Grand Olympics, On and Off the Track
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
What a fantastic Olympics we've just had. I miss the Games already. The spectacle was grand, but what I hope really last are the spirits of internationalism and participation in sport. Both in pursuit of excellence and in pursuit of overall, lifelong fitness, something which is now sorely lacking in the U.S. London put on a grand show, Mitt Romney's stunningly boorish and buffoonish comments on Olympics eve notwithstanding, which made this Englishman a few centuries removed quite happy. This was the third Olympics that London has hosted, more than any other city -- Los Angeles, with two Olympics under its belt, has hosted the most for an American city -- and it showed again why it is such an enduringly international and cosmopolitan city. The opening ceremony was wonderful. Conceived and coordinated by Britain's Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) I watched much of it in real time and loved it. Entitled "The Isles of Wonder," the ceremony was quin ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ashton Eaton
    TWENTIES
  • 2016
    Age 28
    He successfully defended his Olympic title in Rio 2016 by winning the decathlon gold medal and tying the Olympic record.
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  • 2015
    Age 27
    Eaton won the 2015 world title in the decathlon improving his own world record with a 9045-point performance in Beijing.
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    On August 29, 2015, he beat his own world record with a score of 9,045 points.
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  • 2014
    Age 26
    After resting from the grueling grind of decathlon training in 2014, Eaton would resume a 3-year program aimed at defending his titles at the 2015 Worlds in Beijing, China, the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland, Oregon, and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and then return to London, England for the 2017 World Championships in Athletics.
    More Details Hide Details Barring a major injury, London 2017 will likely be his last decathlon competition before retiring at age 29.
    Eaton told Track & Field News that during the 2014 outdoor season he planned to run some 400 m hurdles races for the first time in his career, as means of "doing something fun" while building his stamina for the 400 and 1,500 in future decathlon competitions.
    More Details Hide Details He also hoped to compete in some (world class) Diamond League meets in (variously) the 100 m, 110 m hurdles and/or the long jump.
    Eaton won the gold medal in the Heptathlon at the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships held in Sopot, Poland on 7 & 8 March 2014.
    More Details Hide Details As the defending champion he received an automatic entry and did not have to enter a qualifying meet. He opened the competition at the 15th world indoor championships at Ergo Arena with his fastest time ever for the 60 m, 6.66 seconds and never trailed. He followed that up with an excellent long jump, a good shot put and an excellent high jump (2.06m/6' 9") for a first day score of 3,653, which was just a single point less than when he set the Heptathlon record at the 2012 World Indoor meet. On Day 2, he opened with an outstanding time of 7.64 in the 60 m hurdles - a Championship meet record - and an excellent pole vault of 5.20m/17' 0-3/4". He won the 1,000 m by 3 seconds, however his time of 2:34.72 was 2 seconds slower than in 2012 and he fell 13 points short of his world record. His total of 6,632 points ranks as #2 all-time. Andrei Krauchanka of Belarus was 2nd with a new national record of 6,303 points, and Belgium's Thomas Van Der Plaetsen was 3rd with 6,259 (also a Belgian national record.)
    In a February 2014 interview with Track & Field News (Vol. 67, no. 3), Eaton - and his coach Harry Marra - said 2014 would be a "rest" year, with no decathlon competitions.
    More Details Hide Details His only multi-event would be the heptathlon at World Indoors, which he entered having broken the world record in his last 3 consecutive indoor competitions.
  • 2013
    Age 25
    Eaton won the 2013 world title in the decathlon with an 8809-point performance in Moscow.
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    Eaton married his University of Oregon teammate, Canadian multi-event athlete Brianne Theisen, on July 15, 2013, one year after both competed in the London Olympics.
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  • 2012
    Age 24
    At the 2012 Olympics, Eaton's primary rival was (now) teammate Trey Hardee.
    More Details Hide Details Eaton's 10.35 100 m was the top time of the day, with Hardee the next best. His 8.03 long jump was almost half a metre farther than any other competitor, building him a sizeable lead. His 14.66 shot put was just 12 cm short of his personal record. And his 2.05 high jump tied with several members of the field for second best. In the final first day event his 46.90 400 metres was over a full second faster than anybody else in the field. His first day total was 4661, with a 220-point lead over Hardee. Day two started with a virtual tie between Hardee and Eaton, Eaton getting 13.56 in the 110m hurdles. Eaton's discus throw of 42.53 gave up almost 6 metres and 120 points to Hardee, but by that point Eaton still had a 100-point lead. Eaton more than gained that back with a 5.20 pole vault, the third best competition. In the javelin throw Hardee pulled back 70 points with a good throw, but this advantage was limited by Eaton setting a new personal best of 61.96. With Eaton holding a 150+ point lead and a superior personal record in the 1500 m over Hardee, the medals were already determined. Nobody made a serious run at improving their position, and Eaton just went through the formality of completing the event in 4:33.59 to take the gold medal.
    At the 2012 United States Olympic Trials, the qualifying meet for the 2012 Summer Olympics, Eaton started day one of the decathlon competition with two world decathlon bests, the equivalent of a world record for athletes competing in a full decathlon.
    More Details Hide Details The first in the 100-meter (10.21), and then in the long jump. To emphasize the quality of Eaton's first two marks, the 100-meter time equaled the minimum (season wide) time required for men to qualify for the trials 100-meter race and only .03 short of the Olympic "A" standard. The long jump was farther than the top qualifier in the long jump preliminary round held that same day at the trials, beyond the "A" standard, and would have tied for second in the final. He went on to finish fifth in the shot put, first in the high jump, and first in the 400 m (46.70) held in a pouring rainstorm. After day one, Eaton's points total of 4728 was more than 300 points ahead of second-place competitor Trey Hardee. On the second day of competition, Eaton finished first in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.70. In the discus, however, he had an eighth-place finish. He bounced back in the pole vault, posting a height of, good enough for first place. In the javelin throw, Eaton had a distance of for fifth place. Going into the final event, the 1500 m run, Eaton held a 317-point lead over his closest competitor, Hardee. Eaton ran a new personal best in the 1500 m with a time of 4:14.48, finishing first.
    In March 2012, at the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships held in Istanbul, Eaton won the gold medal in the heptathlon competition with a new world record 6645, winning five events (60 m, 60 m hurdles, long jump, pole vault and 1000 m) out of seven and finished third for the rest (high jump and shot put).
    More Details Hide Details His stand-out events were the Long Jump (scoring 1,102 points with a jump of 8.16m/26' 9-1/4") and the final event, the 1,000 m run, where he set a Championship record of 2:32.78 (only one-tenth of a second off his personal best time). He defeated silver medal winner Oleksiy Kasyanov by 574 points (6071).
    The following year, Eaton broke his own world record in the heptathlon at the 2012 World Indoor Championships, and then broke the world record in the decathlon at the Olympic Trials.
    More Details Hide Details After setting the world record, Eaton won the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
  • 2011
    Age 23
    In August 2011, at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics, Eaton won the silver medal in the decathlon competition with a final points tally of 8505, losing first place to his compatriot Trey Hardee.
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    Eaton improved his own world record in the indoor heptathlon at the International Indoor Combined Events Meeting in Tallinn in February 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Despite under-performing in the high jump he managed a score of 6568 points.
    In 2011, Eaton won the first international medal of his career, a silver, in the decathlon at the 2011 World Championships.
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  • 2010
    Age 22
    In 2010, Eaton won The Bowerman, given annually to the best male and female U.S. collegiate track and field athletes.
    More Details Hide Details Eaton graduated from the University of Oregon the same year. At the 2008 United States Olympic Trials, Eaton placed fifth overall with 8,122 points.
    In June 2010, he won his third consecutive NCAA decathlon title by finishing first in the decathlon with a personal best of 8,457 points.
    More Details Hide Details He was the first male athlete to win 3 consecutive titles in the decathlon.
    At the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships, Eaton broke the heptathlon world record with a score of 6,499, eclipsing Dan O'Brien's 17-year-old mark by 23 points.
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    He competes for the Oregon Track Club Elite team based in Eugene, Oregon. In college, Eaton competed for the University of Oregon, where he was a five-time NCAA champion, and won The Bowerman award in 2010.
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  • 2009
    Age 21
    This earned him a place at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics, in Berlin, where he finished 18th with 8,061 points.
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    At the 2009 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Eaton placed second in the decathlon behind Trey Hardee with 8,075 points.
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    Eaton won the Division I field athlete of the year award in 2009.
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    He also won the heptathlon title at the 2009 NCAA Indoor Championships with 5,988 points.
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    In 2009, Eaton defended his decathlon title at the NCAA Championships to win with 8,241 points.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 2008
    Age 20
    In 2008, Eaton won the decathlon at the NCAA Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championship.
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  • 2007
    Age 19
    He then placed third at the USA Junior Championships decathlon (7,155 points) and second in the long jump (24-0.25), the latter of which earned him a trip to Brazil for the 2007 Pan American Junior Championships.
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  • 2006
    Age 18
    In his first year as an Oregon "Duck" 2006-07, he was one of only three freshmen nationwide to qualify provisionally for NCAAs in the combined events, both indoors and outdoors.
    More Details Hide Details Finished second in Pac-10 Championships decathlon with a season-best 7,123 points in only his second career decathlon.
    The two first met in 2006 during Eaton's freshman year at Oregon and fell in love at the 2007 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships, held in Brazil: Theisen won the gold medal for Canada and then followed Eaton to enroll at the University of Oregon.
    More Details Hide Details Eaton was initially coached at Oregon by Dan Steele, the associate director of track and a former decathlete. Under Steele, Eaton rapidly improved in the 1500 m, high jump, hurdles, and pole vault. He improved his pole vault by nearly in one year, and reached 8,000 points by his sixth collegiate decathlon. After Steele left in 2010 to coach at the University of Northern Iowa, the university hired decathlon coach Harry Marra (who had trained Olympic decathletes Dan O'Brien and Dave Johnson) to further develop Eaton's skills.
    In the spring of 2006, Metcalf asked Eaton if he would consider the decathlon while in college.
    More Details Hide Details Metcalf suggested that Eaton attend a university with a strong decathlon program, and Eaton chose the University of Oregon.
    In 2006, he won the state high school 400 m championship in 48.69 seconds and the long jump championship with.
    More Details Hide Details Only a few colleges recruited Eaton. He considered playing football at a Division III college.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1988
    Age 0
    Eaton was born in Portland, Oregon, on January 21, 1988, the only child of Roslyn Eaton and Terrance Wilson.
    More Details Hide Details His father is African-American and his mother is Caucasian. His maternal grandfather, Jim Eaton, played football at Michigan State University, and his father also played the sport. His mother was an athlete and a dancer. He has three paternal siblings, including Verice Bennett, a first sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, who received the Silver Star in December 2011 for serving with valor in Afghanistan. Eaton's parents separated when he was two years old. His mother, Roslyn, moved to La Pine, Oregon. He was athletic from a young age, competing in football, basketball, running, soccer, and wrestling. When Eaton was in the fifth grade, he and his mother relocated to Bend, Oregon, where he later attended Mountain View High School. Interested in track and field, he was coached by Tate Metcalf and John Nosler.
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