#5 Ashton Eaton: 2x Olympic Gold Medalist on the Journey Through Excellence in Sport


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Ashton Eaton is a retired American decathlete and two-time Olympic champion, who holds the world record in both the decathlon and indoor heptathlon events.

Ashton competed for the University of Oregon, where he was a five-time NCAA champion, and won The Bowerman award in 2010. In 2011, he 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 broke the world record in the decathlon at the Olympic Trials. After setting the world record, Eaton won the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. He successfully defended his Olympic title in Rio 2016 by winning the decathlon gold medal and tying the Olympic record. Eaton is only the third Olympian (Bob Mathias of the US and Britain's Daley Thompson being the other two.) to achieve back-to-back gold medals in the decathlon.

How to find Ashton:

Website: Ashton and Brianne's Website

Twitter: @weareeaton @ashtonjeaton

Ashton's First Pole Vault: Ashton's First Pole Vault

Show Notes

5:00 - On single sport vs. multi sport athletes

8:00 - On "why you shouldn't eat the same thing every day"

12:00 - When Ashton started the Decathlon - It was later than you think!

18:40 - Ashton's "Rule of One Moment" in his early career

21:00 - On parents of elite athletes - Pushy Parents vs. Supportive Parents

23:00 - Is It About Winning?

29:00 - On "what you need to know before you need to know it"

36:50 - "It's not easy to improve when you suck & don't celebrate mediocrity"

39:00 - On what makes Harry Marra a great coach

46:00 - On "the mental weight room"

52:30 - On "having the keys to the building"

54:30 - How to find Ashton and Brianne

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