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Brianne Theisen-Eaton

Why They're Awesome

Nickname: Bri

Started doing track and field at age 13 and did her first heptathlon in grade 9

First Canadian woman to win 7 NCAA champsionships

Canadian record holder in the heptathlon

Collects Christmas ornaments from her travels

Brianne is married to Ashton Eaton, who is the 2012 Olympic Champ and world record holder in the decathlon ("deca" means "ten") - a sport that has 3 more events than the heptathlon ("hep" means "seven").

She is a super planner! Before she goes to the amusement park, she maps out all the rides that her and Ashton want to ride to maximize time.

Listen Up

"Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you, they’re there to let you know something is worth it." (from Canadian Olympic Team Official website)

Heptathlon

There's two days of competition. Day one includes 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200m sprint; day two events involve long jump, javelin and 800m run.

Girl power! It’s only women who compete in the heptathlon event.

Athletes need to use six different pairs of shoes for the heptathlon - each is specially designed for each event. That's a heavy gym bag!

Go Further

Sports quiz

Which Olympic Games sport are you?

Super sporty crossword puzzle
Games

Super sporty crossword puzzle

Explainer video

90 second guide to the 800-metres

Explainer video

90 second guide to Olympic high jump