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Ashton Eaton successful season was similar to 110m hurdler Aires Merritt but in reverse order.
He set the World record first, making him the obvious favorite in London, followed by winning the Olympic gold medal in the decathlon.
Below is a great interview of Ashton Eaton from the WIRED Health Conference: Living By Numbers
It’s a great interview, especially answering some interesting questions:
- his opinion on Modern Pentathlon (one event is equestrian)
- trying to get a massage on Day 2 of the Decathlon in London 2012
- his longest run? 1.7 miles was his longest run in 2 years … usually it’s 3x300m or 300-350-250
- his “hardest” events: the throws? pole vault? high jump?
- whether he has plans on coaching after his Decathlon career (remember, he’s only 24 years old)
Just a recap from his 9039 from the USATF 2012 Olympic Trials (in the piss pouring rain), here are his marks in perspective, as he is asked on whether he should improve on his “strong” events or “weak” events.
Almost 5 events over 1000 points, 2 events at 850 points, and 3 “weak” events in the throws (circled in red, above).
This remarkable athlete can surely go 9300 points before his career is up just by improving his throwing events.