Some of the top athletes on Earth will attempt to prove they are the best at what they do at the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships.
The three-day extravaganza will take place in Sopot, Poland, and will feature many of the track and field events that fans love to watch every four years at the Summer Olympics.
Runners will compete in distances ranging for 60 meters to 3,000 meters, along with hurdles and a relay. The event will also include long jump, high jump, triple jump, pole vault and shot put. For those that can do it all, there is the heptathlon for men and the pentathlon for women.
One person who knows something about doing well in these type of contests is Ashton Eaton, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist in the pentathlon. The American also took first place at the 2012 World Indoor Championships in the heptathlon, setting a new record in the process.
He discussed his goals for this week in a press conference, via USA Track and Field:
It’s all about pushing the limits and seeing where it takes you. The IAAF invites (the combined event athletes) because they saw our performances and wanted us to compete here. I’m not going for a world record, I’m competing to win and whatever else happens is a cherry on top.
As long as he has remained in shape, there is no reason to doubt that he will be able to once again come away with a win and challenge a world record.
The hometown fans will also be excited to watch Polish shot putter Tomasz Majewski, the two-time Olympic gold medalist. He will hope to hold off German David Storl and American Ryan Whiting in a competition he has dominated at the highest levels.
Overall, there will be tons of excitement for this entire event. Follow along with each session with this tracker that will be updated throughout the weekend.