Ashton Eaton to thank Oregon Senate for supporting Olympic athletes

Ashton Eaton celebrates after he broke the world record in the decathlon event. Eaton earned a total of 9,039 points and broke two world records during his competition. (Tess Freeman/Emerald)

Ashton Eaton celebrates after he broke the world record in the decathlon event. Eaton earned a total of 9,039 points and broke two world records during his competition. (Tess Freeman/Emerald)

Posted by Andy Rossback on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 9:33 am.

Olympic gold medalist and former University of Oregon student Ashton Eaton will go before the Oregon State Senate on Thursday and thank them for supporting the Olympic Trials in Eugene last summer, The Associated Press reported this morning. He is slated to speak for 30 minutes.

Eaton set a decathlon world record at the trials and went on to win the gold in decathlon at the 2012 London Olympics. 

He graduated from Mountain View High School in Bend.