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Ashton Eaton, American Athlete ( January 21, 1988 - )

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My key to dealing with stress is simple: just stay cool and stay focused.~Ashton Eaton


Stress Cool Simple

I'm just happy to be part of the family, the decathlon family.~Ashton Eaton


Family Happy Just

I think a challenge for myself is to see how many times I can get above 9,000. That would be a good challenge.~Ashton Eaton


Myself Good Challenge

The thing I like about decathlon is also the thing I dislike: It's the maximum challenge, but also the maximum frustration.~Ashton Eaton


Challenge Frustration Like

I want to see where I measure up against everyone in the world and everyone who has ever competed in the sport, and there's that innate sense of wanting to challenge myself. I'm competitive in all aspects.~Ashton Eaton


Myself Challenge World

The great thing about this is, and not to pump my own tires, but I feel like I'm not maximized yet. I feel like I can still run faster, jump higher, which I think makes it special. Hopefully, going to London, I'll be welcomed into the decathlon community.~Ashton Eaton


Community Great Think

I'm not maximized yet.~Ashton Eaton



The desire definitely comes from within. There are only a few people who make it to this level and those are the ones who have that innate desire.~Ashton Eaton


People Desire Within

I won't back down. I get a satisfaction from being tested and defeating the test.~Ashton Eaton


Down Satisfaction Test

There's never going to be a decathlon that you're going to have 10 events that your satisfied with. You're always, always going to be dissatisfied in something, and that always draws you back to try to retry that the next time you do a decathlon. It's like you go for the perfect 10.~Ashton Eaton


Time You Perfect

Know that even when you want to give up or throw in the towel, in the end it will all be worth the hard work.~Ashton Eaton


Work Hard Work End

When I see my mom in the stands, it always pushes me to succeed.~Ashton Eaton


Mom Me Succeed

That is when the crowd really lifted me. That last 600 meters I was not running with my own legs. It was incredible.~Ashton Eaton


Me My Own Own

My goal in Korea is to win. There's no timetable when to set the American record.~Ashton Eaton


Goal American Win

After asking questions about current recovery techniques, the conversation prompted me to ask myself, 'Why does it feel good after running to pour a bottle of water over your head?' I don't know the physiological answer, but the fact that it does feel better makes me perform better.~Ashton Eaton


Myself Good Water

Every day, we as athletes face several challenges during the training process, and it is imperative that we approach each situation carefully and with continued precision.~Ashton Eaton


Day Training Challenges

The Olympic gold was like going to a theater and seeing a movie that had the ending you expected. But you left the theater thinking, 'You know, that was a good movie.'~Ashton Eaton


Good Thinking Gold

Universities are like a utopia in a way, because you're mentally stimulated, you're challenged, and you have a lot of young, creative minds wanting to do new things, different things. Better things.~Ashton Eaton


Creative New Things Young

I always try to do better than I have before, so I think it would be good to break the world record.~Ashton Eaton


Good World Better

I wouldn't have gone to a Division I school if I didn't have scholarship help. We couldn't afford it.~Ashton Eaton


School Help Scholarship

When I'm later in the competition, I get antsy. I'm seeing everybody else go and achieve things. It's like I'm just twiddling my thumbs.~Ashton Eaton


Competition Achieve Go

I remember growing up, having sports to go to, having recess, those were the things I looked forward to. Yes, I'm an athlete, but I had buddies who weren't, and they looked forward to it, too.~Ashton Eaton


Sports Growing Up Remember

I think what's at risk is kids losing touch with being a kid. Being a kid is being defined differently than it was when you didn't have all this stuff you could put in front of your face.~Ashton Eaton


Risk Losing You

I compete against myself in competitions anyway, so I train against myself in practice.~Ashton Eaton


Myself Practice Train

From the age of seven, I basically started practicing my hand-eye and foot coordination, balance, strength, endurance, discipline, and mental toughness three days a week until I was about 15.~Ashton Eaton


Strength Age Week

It's hard for me to speak of my own development. I'm the one behind the steering wheel, and it is easier to see where the vehicle is going when you are looking at it. For me, it feels like I have been doing the same thing all along.~Ashton Eaton


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