Athlete Name: Ashton Eaton
Athlete Country: USA
Sport: Track and Field
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon
Residence: Eugene, Oregon
Team Visa Member Since: 2015
At a young age it was clear Ashton Eaton was a talented athlete, competing in football, basketball, soccer, and wrestling. However he didn’t acquire his love for track and field until high school. In 2006, he won the state high school championship for the 400 meters and the long jump championship, but only a few colleges recruited Eaton. It was then that Eaton’s coach Tate Metcalf suggested he consider the decathlon.
At the University of Oregon Eaton honed his skills in the decathlon and became the first male athlete to win 3 consecutive titles in the decathlon at the NCAA National Championships in 2008, 2009 and 2010. He also won the heptathlon at the NCAA Championships in 2009 and 2010 breaking a 17-year world record in 2010 with the top score of 6,645.
In 2010 Eaton was named Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year and Indoor Field Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association and received the prestigious collegiate Bowerman Award, given annually to the best male and female U.S. collegiate track and field athletes.
Eaton made it to the U.S. Olympic trials in 2008, but failed to make it to the Games after finishing fifth. In 2011, he earned the silver medal in the decathlon at the World Indoors Championship. The following year he won the gold medal in the heptathlon at the World Championships.
In 2012, Eaton went on to win the gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London as the youngest member of the U.S. decathlon team (age 24), breaking the World Record in the process at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.
Ashton Eaton successfully defended his Olympic title in Rio 2016 by winning the decathlon gold medal and tying the Olympic record, becoming the first repeat Olympic Champion since 1980/1984.
• Two-time Olympic Gold medalist (2012, 2016)
• Two-time World Champion (2013, 2015)
• Three-time World Indoor gold medalist (2012, 2014, 2016)
• Three-time USA Outdoor champion (2011, 2012, 2013)
• Two-time Jesse Owens Athlete of the Year Award winner (2012, 2015)
• 2011 World Outdoor Silver medalist
• World decathlon and indoor heptathlon record holder