Defending a Decathlon Championship – Ashton Eaton | Gillette World Sport

Defending a Decathlon Championship – Ashton Eaton | Gillette World Sport


Our Olympic Focus is trained on World and
Olympic Decathlon Champion Ashton Eaton and his precision preparation for Rio. My name is Ashton Eaton and I am the world
record holder in the decathlon and the gold medallist from the 2012 Olympic Games. It meant a lot to win in 2012 because it was
really about all the things I did to get there and just kind of gives meaning to all the
stuff, you know, that you go through. So the decathlon is a track and field competition
but within it there are 10 track and field events. Day one you do the 100 metres, long
jump, the shotput, the high jump, the 400 metres and day two you do the 110 metre hurdles,
discuss, pole vault, javelin and 1500 metres. Most multi event athletes that you come across,
they’re very competitive people; they find themselves really disappointed if they haven’t achieved their goal or overcome something but to match that up with what you need in
your head in order to tackle an event where you’re essentially never successful. In
the multi events you have to give up points in a certain area, you have to give up your
own personal achievement in an area. Say I want to jump a certain distance but I can’t
spend all my time in training on trying to get that; I have to go somewhere, to do something
else for the sake of the total score and that’s the multi events. Today we are on a shoot and we’re trying
to show that perfect isn’t pretty. The facets of perfect actually include things that aren’t
perfect and that’s what makes it kind of perfect. So perfect isn’t pretty is
kind of the statement that calls into question what perfection is. I’ve had a lot of failures, every day. I
keep myself going amongst defeat because I know that that’s just part of the process
of success. My main rival is always myself. There’s
always the competitors out there, they’re trying their hardest and they’re doing everything
they can in training but in life you’re always going to have other people to go against,
other things to compete against. I think what it really comes down to is just being able
to compete against yourself or being able to overcome yourself because they’re separate
from you and the battle is really internal. You’re trying to convince yourself can
I beat this person? Or if I screw up, my competitors get ahead of me. I can’t do anything about
them, it’s in here so what can I do to try and beat them? The little differences actually are the biggest
deal, I think, in all the events really. The decathlon more so because it is over time
and what you find when you have things that go over time is that small things start to
accumulate. You either start accumulating points or accumulating point deficits. So
you just really pay attention to the fine details and over time you build and you build
and you build and you build and you’re always building on it. Going to Rio, I want to win; anything less
wouldn’t make sense. The perfect Olympic Games; I think to break the world record and
win the gold. I mean, if I break the world record I’ll probably be winning the gold
medal unless someone else is also breaking the world record…but probably to do both
at the same time, that would be something I’ve never done before, I think it would
be a really high achievement and fun to try to do.

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