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.