Ashton Eaton

Retired Decathlete and Two-time Olympic Champion

Ashton James Eaton is a two-time Olympic gold medalist in the decathlon. He is also the world record holder in the decathlon at 9045 points, and the indoor heptathlon. He is the second decathlete (after Roman Šebrle) to break the 9,000-point barrier and the first to break it twice. After setting his first world record, Eaton won the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, and successfully defended his Olympic title in Rio 2016 by winning the decathlon and tying the Olympic record. Born and raised in Oregon, Eaton received a degree in psychology from the University of Oregon in 2010. He is only the third Olympian (Bob Mathias of the US and Britain’s Daley Thompson being the other two) to achieve back-to-back gold medals in the decathlon. He retired from professional athletics in early 2017 at 29 years old.

A Word From Ashton:

It seems the time is finally drawing near, likely after thousands of years of that and desire, for us to actually expand beyond Earth. Given this reality there are many things to consider and get done, and the Interplanetary Project is an event aiming to bridge that vital gap between thought and action.