Eatons on a double gold mission like no other

Wed Jul 20, 2016 9:20pm EDT
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By Gene Cherry

EUGENE, Oregon (Reuters) - He wears the colors of the United States and she those of Canada, but Ashton Eaton and Brianne Theisen-Eaton will be on a joint mission at the Rio Olympics.

Never before has a married couple won gold medals at the same Olympics while representing different countries and they are determined to change that.

World indoor champions, they enter the Games with the best scores in the world this year - Eaton in the decathlon and Theisen-Eaton in the heptathlon.

"It would be the moonshot," Eaton, the 28-year-old world record holder and Olympic champion in the 10-event decathlon, said of a golden double.

For Theisen-Eaton, 27, the joy would be completing a nine-year journey.

"The gold medals together would be huge," the two-time world silver medallist told Reuters.

"But I think it is more like finishing that story, closing the book on that journey.

"Since 2007 when both of our careers kind of started and took off, we have trained together and we have been going through every day together.   Continued...

Jul 3, 2016; Eugene, OR, USA; Ashton Eaton competes during the decathlon pole vault in the 2016 U.S. Olympic track and field team trials at Hayward Field. James Lang-USA TODAY Sports