Ashton Eaton and Brianne Theisen-Eaton, dubbed the most athletic couple at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, have called time on their successful careers. Both athletes, who competed in track and field events at the Summer Olympics, have retired this week aged 28. They’ve also made one thing very clear, they are never coming back.
Since their recent decision, they’ve been quizzed on a potential comeback to the sport. Ashton, the 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medalist in the Decathlon and owner of multiple world records in track and field, stated that the couple is definitely done. They have too many passions to pursue and don’t feel motivated to keep competing. The couple have started hiking, snowboarding, and even plan a trip to Canada (where Brianne is from). One of the first things they plan on doing is getting a puppy.
Although the couple is undecided on what they want to do, they firmly believe that they have permanently closed the door on returning. Ashton stated that 2017 is a gap year for them, to figure out what they want to do for certain. By taking a gap year, he said they can dabble in numerous things – he’s interested in a broad range of subjects like transportation, space, education and energy, while he’s wife is more specific.
For Brianne, who won a bronze medal for Canada at the Rio Olympics, her passion is nutrition and cooking. She wants to start a foundation that assists children who are obese. She stated that they are still figuring their lives out, where they want to live, but it feels good to be free and to eat whatever they want.
The athletic couple also noted that they won’t be commentators anytime soon too. In fact, they said it’s way harder than competing. They would just rather spend time exploring their passions outside the sport.
Congratulations on the retirement!