Ashton Eaton is from Portland, Oregon and attended the University of Oregon to compete in the Decathlon, a two-day, 10 event competition, track and field’s most grueling event. By the conclusion of Ashton’s collegiate career, he had earned five NCAA Championship titles and five Pac-10 titles. In 2010, Ashton began his senior collegiate season by breaking the Heptathlon World Record at the NCAA Indoor Championships, scoring 6,499 points. In his final appearance at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, Ashton became the first to win three consecutive NCAA decathlon titles. His score of 8,457 points set NCAA Meet, Pac-10 and University of Oregon records. At the conclusion of the season, Ashton won the 2010 Bowerman Award, the highest honor for collegiate track and field athletes.
Ashton’s first year as a professional got off to a fast start as he broke his own Heptathlon World Record and won the USA Championships in Eugene, Oregon. In 2012, Eaton won the Heptathlon at the World Indoor Championships, breaking his record for a second time. At the U.S. Olympic Trials, Ashton set personal bests in the 100-meter dash, long jump, pole vault and 1500-meter run en route to achieving the Decathlon World Record on his home track in Eugene, Oregon. At the 2012, London Olympic Games, Ashton won the Olympic Gold with 195 points over the silver medalist.
Ashton’s success did not stop at Olympic Gold. In 2013, he won his 3rd consecutive decathlon title at the USA Outdoor Championships and went on to win the gold at the World Outdoor Championships in Moscow. During the 2014 outdoor season, Ashton conquered a new feat, the 400mH. Ashton proved his all around athleticism by finishing the season ranked in the top 10 of the 400mH. Now widely regarded as the “World’s Greatest Athlete,” Ashton has emerged as the face of USA Track & Field for years to come.