Decathlon champion Ashton Eaton is retiring from the athletic event. Eaton, a Nike-sponsored athlete, is a two-time Olympic champion and a gold-medal winner at the Rio Olympics in 2016.
The athlete announced his retirement on Twitter. “I give everything to the decathlon. I did all I could. Thank u for making it the best time of my life. I’m retiring,” he posted this morning.
“It’s my time to depart from athletics; to do something new,” Eaton said on his website, Weareeaton.com. “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. Did I reach them? Truthfully I’m not sure anyone really does. It seems like we tend to run out of time or will before we run out of potential. That makes humanity limitless then, as far as I’m concerned. And I think that’s inspiring.”
Eaton holds the world record for both the decathlon and the indoor heptathlon events.