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Ashton Eaton is a athlete competing in Track & Field at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for the USA.

Ashton Eaton will look to make his Olympic debut for the United States this summer in London where he figures to be a gold medal contender in the decathlon. Eaton won silver in the event at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu.

Eaton kicked off the 2012 Olympic Year by setting his third world record in as many years in the heptathlon at the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul. He raced into the lead when the competition began, setting a personal best of 8.16m/xxxx in the long jump. He also won the 60m, the 60m hurdles and the pole vault, making up for third-place finishes in the shot put and high jump. He capped the competition with an overwhelming victory in the 1000m to finish with 6,645 points, eclipsing his total of 6,568 from Tallin, Estonia in 2011.

Eaton looked poised to score his first major international victory at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu. He stormed to a 53-point first-day lead and opened Day 2 with a second-place finish in the 110m hurdles, but things quickly unraveled from there. An 11th-place finish in the discus, a 10th-place finish in the pole vault, and a 10th-place showing in the javelin all but eliminated Eaton from gold-medal contention. He rallied to win the closing 1500m but wound up in the silver-medal position behind teammate Trey Hardee.

After wrapping up his stellar collegiate career, Eaton took a summer off to rest his body and returned to training in October of 2010 as a member of the Oregon Track Club under the guidance of coach Harry Marra. With a focus on fine-tuning technique, Eaton won the Multi-Events challenge at the 2011 Millrose Games, beating Olympic champion Bryan Clay and reigning world champion Trey Hardee. On Super Bowl Sunday, Eaton traveled to Tallin, Estonia where he broke his world record in the heptathlon with a score of 6,568 points. During the competition, he set new heptathlon personal bests in six of the seven events, under-performing in the high jump.

Eaton put a bow on his stellar collegiate career by winning his third straight NCAA decathlon title before a home crowd at Hayward Field. He broke meet, school and Pac-10 records in winning the title with 8,457 points, a score that ranks as the second-best ever by a collegian, and just six points off the all-time record. He was awarded the Boweman Award as the nation's top collegiate track and field athlete.

Eaton turned in a performance for the ages at the 2010 Pac-10 Championships, where he won his third straight decathlon with a score of 8,154 points. He also won the 110m hurdles in 13.54, the long jump at 25-7½, took second in the 100m in 10.33, and ran the second leg on the Ducks' fourth-place 4x100m relay team. Eaton was named the men's performer of the meet, accounting for 39.25 of Oregon's 168.5 winning total.

While Olympic champion Bryan Clay and world champion Trey Hardee were busy finishing first and second in the heptathlon at the World Indoor Championships in Doha, Qatar, Eaton was busy making history at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Arkansas. He finished the competition with 6,499 points to break Dan O'Brien's 1993 world record of 6,476 points. Eaton set heptathlon personal bests in all seven events, and scored overall PRs in four. His lifetime bests came in the three running events - 6.71 in the 60m, 7.77 in the 60m hurdles and 2:32.67 in the 1000m — and the high jump, where he cleared 2.11m/6-11. He also registered heptathlon personal bests in the pole vault (5.10m/16-8¾), long jump (7.73m/25-4½), and shot put (13.12m/43-0½).

Eaton, who successfully defended his Pac-10 and NCAA decathlon titles, capped a stellar 2009 season by qualifying for the U.S. team for Berlin. With Olympic champion Bryan Clay watching from the grandstands with a strained hamstring, former Texas standout Trey Hardee won the national title with a score of 8,261 points. Eaton, competing in his third decathlon in a month following Pac-10s and NCAAs, finished second at 8,075, and Jake Arnold, a former Pac-10 champion from Arizona, took third at 7,984. "I wasn't really disappointed in losing, not to a guy like Trey," Eaton said. "You're always trying to win, but this was one where we were just trying to qualify for the Worlds. It will be the biggest meet of my life." In Berlin, Eaton scored 8,061 points to finish 18th overall in a competition won by Hardee.

Eaton established himself as one of the most versatile performers in the college ranks during 2008, when he won not only his first NCAA decathlon title, scoring 8,055 points, but also scored points for the Ducks in five different events - decathlon, 200m, long jump, 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay - at the Pac-10 meet. Later that summer, he provided a glimpse of his potential as national-team contributor when he scored a career-best 8,122 points at the U.S. Olympic Trials to finish as the highest collegian and fifth overall.

Eaton made his collegiate debut in 2006, finishing second in the heptathlon at the University of Washington Invitational with an NCAA Indoors provisional score of 5,370. By the end of the indoor season, he held team-high marks in the heptathlon and long jump, and ranked top three in the 60m, 60m hurdles, and high jump. He competed in his first decathlon at the Jim Click Open in Arizona with a score of 6,977 points. In his second career decathlon, he finished second at the Pac-10 Championships with an improved score of 7,123. Later that year, Eaton scored 7,155 to place third at the USA Junior Championships and also finished second in the long jump at 24-0¼, earning a trip to Brazil for the Pan American Junior Championships.

When Eaton and his coach began investigating college possibilities for him as a decathlete, he had never even attempted half of the 10 disciplines contested. "My coach contacted Washington State, Boise State and Oregon, and read off some of my marks," Eaton said. "They all said, 'He runs good in the 100m and 400m. What does he do in the high jump?' My coach said, 'Well, he's never really done it, but I'm sure he could do six feet because he's a pretty-athletic kid.' 'What about the pole vault?' 'Well, he's never pole vaulted, but I think he can do 13 feet for sure.' 'Has he ever hurdled?' 'No, but he's real fast.' Fortunately, Dan Steele, came to a track meet, saw me and said 'We're recruiting this kid.' I ended up at Oregon on a scholarship."

As an athlete at Mountainview High School in Bend, Oregon, Eaton played football and applied that speed on the track in the sprint events and jumps. When it came time to start looking at colleges, a new possibility presented itself. "I was a 100m, 200m, 400m, long jumper type of guy in high school," he said. "My senior year we were looking at colleges for football, mostly D3 type stuff in California like Occidental. Boise State had some interest in me for long jump. My coach said to me, 'Hey, what about the decathlon?' I had never heard of it. He said it was five events per day over two days where you basically do everything on the track. I kind of liked doing that anyway, so I told him I would try it."


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Age: 28 years old
Birthday: January 21, 1988
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 185 lbs.
Birthplace: Bend, OR
Current Residence: Eugene, OR

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