The World's Greatest Athlete has retired.
Ashton Eaton took track and field by storm, being better, faster and stronger than any competitor in the world. In 2012, Ashton shook up the world, breaking the world record in the decathlon scoring 9,039 points. Shortly after, Eaton took home the Gold at the 2012 London Olympics. Four years later he joined the ranks of Bob Mathias and Daley Thompson, as the only two-time decathlon winners in Olympic history.
Solidifying his mark as one of the Greatest Athletes the world will ever see Ashton continued to win, but most importantly he continued to master the decathlon.
The couple took to their joint site, weareeaton.com announcing their retirement from Track and Field. "Frankly there isn't much more I want to do in sport. I gave the most physically robust years of my life to the discovery and pursuit of my limits in this domain" wrote Eaton.
Echoing similar sentiments Theisen-Eaton stated "I gave the last four years everything I could. Track and Field was the priority before everything else: my family, my friends, my marriage, my future...I no longer have the passion for track and field or the heptathlon that I used to because I know I can't advance any further in the sport". Brianne Theisen-Eaton was the bronze medalist at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
As the Eaton's put away their equipment for the final time, one can't help but to wonder what and who the future of track and field will be.