Ashton Eaton: Decathlon Event Predictions

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Ashton Eaton: Decathlon Event Predictions
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There are a million reasons to think that the decathlon will never rediscover its place as a marquee Olympic event. It's too spread out, not television-friendly enough, muddied by a complicated scoring system and serially anticlimactic.

There's one reason to think it will:  Ashton Eaton.

And he's a mighty powerful reason.

The 24-year-old Oregonian broke the event's 11-year-old world record at the U.S. Olympic Trials in June, stirring talk that he could become the face of a discipline that once produced superstars like Jim Thorpe, Bruce Jenner and Dan O'Brien.

Eaton is young enough with enough latent star quality to envision a well-decorated, well-chronicled Olympic career.

The journey starts in London, where Eaton will be a favorite for gold.

With the first day of competition slated for Wednesday, B/R breaks down what to expect from Eaton in each of his ten events.

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