London 2012 is finally upon us, and we’re thrilled to watch our hometown hero, Ashton Eaton, go for gold in the men’s decathlon. ESPN calls Ashton the “total package” and we couldn’t agree more–the 24-year old Oregon native holds the current world record for the decathlon, and he looks like he could blow through that record again at the summer games. (I had to brush up on what the decathlon was–it’s a combined event consisting of ten track and field events: 100 m, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400 m, 110 m hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw, and the 1500 m. Phew!)
Ashton will compete over the course of two days and will gain points at every event, with the winner determined by combined performance. The “World’s Greatest Athlete” certainly earns his title after competing in ten grueling events.
A little background on our favorite Olympian: Ashton was born in Portland, and relocated to La Pine as a toddler. He moved up the road to Bend in the fifth grade, and attended local Mountain View High School. After growing up a wrestler, sprinter, and jumper, Ashton attended the track and field powerhouse, University of Oregon (which explains why he throws up the “O” symbol with his hands after performing.) Needless to say, he’s pretty much THE talk of the town right now, and we’re all up on that bandwagon.
Go get ’em!