Team Eaton stops at the Jerome Classic on the Road to Rio. Brianne Theisen- Eaton of Humboldt, Saskatchewan who just won the heptathlon title in Gotzis, Austria will join her husband, Ashton Eaton of Medford, Oregon, here on Thursday, June 17 at Swangard Stadium as they prepare for the Olympic Games. This power couple of the multi-events, the decathlon and heptathlon, have done it all. In March, they took double gold at the World Indoor Championships in Portland and last summer the gold and silver at the World Championships in Beijing.
Ashton, the world record holder, won the decathlon gold at the 2012 Olympics in London. Tackling 10 events in 2 days is considered the ultimate test of sport, sprinting, hurdling, jumping and throwing. Brianne’s heptathlon is 7 events over 2 days and is equally challenging for any mortal. They are likely the only husband and wife who are serious contenders for the podium in Rio in any sport. Could they repeat their double gold at the World Championships at the Olympics? The 2 day multi –events are an amazing challenge, anything can happen. The athlete faces the sequence of events, testing their ability to perform under pressure with extreme competition.
At the Jerome Classic, coach Harry Marra from the Oregon Track Club Elite, will confirm their likely events. Ashton may tackle the high jump and the 100m while Brianne may long jump and hurdle. Both Ashton and Brianne are graduates of the University of Oregon. After their marriage, they continue to live and train in Eugene. Ultimately the Jerome Classic will be an important step in their final preparation for the Olympic Games.
Allan Abrahamson wrote after the Portland World Indoor Championships, “Ashton Eaton and Brianne Theisen-Eaton are the best thing going in track and field. He won the heptathlon Saturday at the 2016 world indoor championships. She won the pentathlon the day before, her first world title. It’s not just that they win. It’s how they win. With grace. Dignity. Sportsmanship. Respect for themselves, their fellow athletes and the sport.”
In Portland, Ashton said,“People call me the greatest athlete in the world and I don’t feel like it.... “I just feel like the most fortunate person in the world.”
Tickets are $25 finish line, $10 general admission are available on line at www.harryjeorme.com. First event starts at 6pm with doors open at 5pm. Opening ceremonies will be at 7:30pm