Ashton Eaton—gold medalist decathlete in London last summer, world record holder (he opened the Olympics by smashing a 44-year-old mark in the 100-meter dash), and number 11 on our list of The Fittest Men of All Time—went on his first run just a few weeks ago.
(After returning from crushing his event in London, that is.)
And deservingly so. The guy has earned a long break. But at 24, he not only holds the title as the greatest athlete in the world—given to the winner of the Olympic decathlon—he’s also surprisingly low-key.
Before the Games, we caught up with Eaton and asked him how exactly you train to compete in something as grueling as an Olympic decathlon without becoming—well—downright exhausted. And he told us this: “You don’t.” You just power through with one goal in mind: that gold medal.
So now that he’s got it, what’s he doing?
We reconnected with Eaton at Bishop Ford High School in Brooklyn last month in the midst of his Olympic hangover to learn the secret behind his amazing summer, what’s next, and what he’s doing when he’s not snatching medals and leaving competition in the dust.
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