Ashton Eaton

Ashton Eaton pictures, Profile, Photos & news. Ashton James Eaton born January 21, 1988 is an American decathlete and Olympic champion.

Who holds the world record in both the decathlon and indoor heptathlon events, and is only the second decathlete (after Roman Šebrle) to break the 9,000-point barrier, with 9,039 points.

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. In 2011, Eaton won the first international medal of his career, a silver, in the decathlon at the 2011 World Championships. The following year, Eaton broke his own world record in the heptathlon at the 2012 World Indoor Championships, and then went on to break the world record in the decathlon at the Olympic Trials. After setting the world record, Eaton easily won the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Ashton Eaton was born in Portland, Oregon, on January 21, 1988, the only child of Roslyn Eaton and Terrance Wilson. His father is African-American and his mother is of European descent.

His maternal grandfather, Jim Eaton, played American football at Michigan State University, and his father also played the sport. His mother was an athlete and a dancer. Ashton Eaton has three paternal siblings, including Verice Bennett, a gunnery 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.[1] When Eaton was in the fifth grade, he and his mother relocated to Bend, Oregon, where he attended Mountain View High School in Bend.[5] Interested in track and field, he was coached by Tate Metcalf and John Nosler. In 2006, he won the state high school 400 metres championship in 48.69 seconds and the long jump championship with 24 feet 0.25 inches (7.3216 m). Only a few colleges recruited Eaton. He considered playing football at a Division III college. In the spring of 2006, Metcalf asked Eaton if he would consider the decathlon (an event Eaton had never heard of) while in college. Metcalf suggested that Eaton attend a university with a strong decathlon program, and Eaton chose the University of Oregon.

Ashton 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. 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 back to Eugene to enroll at the University of Oregon.

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