Ashton Eaton, Olympic decathlon gold medal winner and
world record holder in decathlon and heptathlon, speaks about career.
Gold Medalist, Olympic Decathlon
World Record Holder, Decathlon and Heptathlon
in conversation with MARK McCLUSKY, Special Projects Editor, WIRED
Ashton Eaton won the gold medal in decathlon at the 2012 London Olympics, earning the traditional title of “world’s greatest athlete.” Just 24, he already holds the world record in both of the combined track and field events—the ultimate tests of speed, strength, and endurance. While a student at the University of Oregon, Eaton won five NCAA Championship titles, including three consecutive decathlon titles, and broke Dan O’Brien’s longstanding world record in the heptathlon. (He has since broken his own record twice.) In 2010 he received the Bowerman Award as the top male collegiate track athlete in the country. After graduating, he took gold at the 2011 USA Championships and silvered at the World Championships in South Korea. Earlier this year he won the World Indoor Championships and broke the world decathlon record at the US Olympic trials in June.
Mark McClusky leads WIRED’s expansion into new publishing platforms and has written extensively on the use of data in athletic training. He is also the founding editor of Playbook, WIRED’s sports technology blog. From 2005 to 2010 he was the magazine’s senior product editor. Before that he served as managing editor of Wired.com, editor in chief of EA.com, and a reporter at Sports Illustrated. His forthcoming book on the science of elite sport will be published by Hudson Street Press in 2014.