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All Quotes by author - Ashton Eaton
" A perfect scenario would be to feel like you've just started on every event. "
" As an athlete, you really see a lot of the Instagram paradigm. Where it's just like, 'Me! Me! Me!' When you realize you can 'Give, Give, Give,' it's very interesting, and it's good. "
" Coping with injuries is always difficult for athletes because all we want to do is, basically, to have our best performances unhindered. "
" From the age of seven, I basically started practicing my hand-eye and foot coordination, balance, strength, endurance, discipline, and mental toughness three days a week until I was about 15. "
" I actually like indoor track and field more than outdoor. "
" I don't have one specific person that I think is the most athletic person. "
" I'm just happy to be part of the family, the decathlon family. "
" I remember growing up, having sports to go to, having recess, those were the things I looked forward to. Yes, I'm an athlete, but I had buddies who weren't, and they looked forward to it, too. "
" I think watching multi-events is much worse than competing. Especially when you have vested interests because you go through the emotional ups and downs. "
Ups And Downs
" I won't back down. I get a satisfaction from being tested and defeating the test. "
" Know that even when you want to give up or throw in the towel, in the end it will all be worth the hard work. "
" My key to dealing with stress is simple: just stay cool and stay focused. "
" My local newspaper, the 'Bend Bulletin,' interviewed me while I was at high school after I had just signed with the University of Oregon. I remember I wore a University of Oregon hooded sweatshirt, and they took a picture of me in the long jump pit. I was freezing! "
" Now that I'm older, I see the benefits of having free time to release energy. "
" Rather than realizing immediate physiological gain, the challenge is more about reducing the mental attrition from the two days to maximize each event. "
" The great thing about this is, and not to pump my own tires, but I feel like I'm not maximized yet. I feel like I can still run faster, jump higher, which I think makes it special. Hopefully, going to London, I'll be welcomed into the decathlon community. "
" The more you do, the more attrition you experience. "
" The Olympic gold was like going to a theater and seeing a movie that had the ending you expected. But you left the theater thinking, 'You know, that was a good movie.' "
" The thing I like about decathlon is also the thing I dislike: It's the maximum challenge, but also the maximum frustration. "
" The world record is like you we went to the theater to see this movie, and it was really good, and it had an unexpected ending, and you left the theater saying, 'Wow, that was such a great movie.' "
" Track and field is tougher physically, but golf is tougher mentally. "
" Universities are like a utopia in a way, because you're mentally stimulated, you're challenged, and you have a lot of young, creative minds wanting to do new things, different things. Better things. "
" We are competing against ourselves. "
" When I was a junior and an up-and-coming athlete, I don't think I looked to anyone for inspiration. I was so busy trying to improve myself and learning these new events and learning about the decathlon in general that I didn't really have time to focus on anyone else. "
" When I was growing up, I used to watch 'Power Rangers' and 'Ninja Turtles.' It seemed like every movie had someone doing martial arts in it, so I would go around punching and kicking trees. "
" You see somebody on a football field make a great, athletic 70-yard run, but the athleticism is immeasurable. It's undoubtedly athletic, but compared to somebody else who did something else, how do you compare it? That's the great part of track and field. It's a test, but with results that you can compare to others. "
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