Ashton Eaton

Ashton Eaton

(WALB) - In addition to his gold medal, the winner of the Olympic decathlon earns the title "world's greatest athlete."

With another gold medal in Rio to go along with his gold from London and two world championship titles, Ashton Eaton may receive another honor: greatest decathlete in history.

In Rio, Eaton could become just the third man in the event's 112-year history to win two Olympic gold medals.

Eaton had long been hailed as a future star in the decathlon, despite only taking it up as a senior in high school.

Raised by a single mother, Eaton realized his potential at the University of Oregon, where he met his coach Harry Marra and his now wife, Canada's star heptathlete Brianne Theisen-Eaton, who will be looking to win gold alongside Eaton in Rio.

The three have formed a tight bond over the years training together in Eugene, Oregon.

While Eaton and his wife are fiery competitors, whoever is in the stands in support often has an equally emotional reaction to a great run, jump or throw.

At the 2015 World Championships, Eaton credited breaking his own world record to the support that he receives from his wife in training and competition.

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