American Gold-Winning Decathlete Ashton Eaton Rates Tennis Second Most Athletic Sport

by Tom Gainey | August 18th, 2016, 1:19 pm

The toughest event at the Olympics is said to be the decathlon which requires competitors to test their skills in 10 different events. The winner is declared the greatest athlete on the planet. So what do those who are entered in the event think are other comparable sports? American Ashton Eaton, who won gold in the decathlon at 2012 London, says tennis is next!

“I personally believe tennis is the next most athletic sport next to the decathlon,” Eaton said. “Just because of certain things required. Those matches are three or four hours long. There’s the technical aspect, the agility, the mind-body awareness. Not to mention the game itself is a little bit like a chess match.”

And as we saw, tennis was a huge hit at the Olympics this year.

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7 Comments for American Gold-Winning Decathlete Ashton Eaton Rates Tennis Second Most Athletic Sport

chrisford1 Says:

Nice comment by Eaton. As the question was framed by him being asked about him being good in multiple skills in athletic competition and at strategy….
Clearly, other sports have unmatched world class athletes – sprinters, boxers, football athletes. And it is not unheard of for two obese WTA players whose spring is trotting a little faster, but can whale the ball, being at near physical collapse after 2 sets. But some of the best tennis players have world class stamina, speed, touch, body-mind connection, and strength.
The multiple skills Eaton was getting at..

Margot Says:

Lol try telling that to the Brownlee Brothers! I felt exhausted just watching what they had to do.

Willow Says:

Likewise Margot, but im also just watching syncronised swimming and what they have to do in their routines, dive, swim, be gymnasts, hold their breaths under water, smile and enjoy themselves, all at exactly the same time, WOW just WOW, it really looks incredible what they do ….

Travis Bickle Says:

A friendly help for Margot in ancient Greek language:

Decathlon comes from the Greek word “deca” meaning 10.

Triathlon comes from the Greek word “tri” meaning 3.

It is reasonable to conclude that it is harder (about 3 times as hard) to compete in 10 disciplines than in 3.
So, Brownlee bros although great athletes (and of course superior humans by virtue of being Brits) have it much easier than any decathlete out there ;-)

Travis Bickle Says:

The olympic sports require lots of skills and athleticism, but I personally am impressed with olympic trap shooters…

They use a double-barrel shotgun to hit a clay pigeon coming from an unknown direction. You need hand-eye coordination, endurance to go many rounds and many pigeons, and nerves of steel. The best athletes in the world, after every British athlete of course (as explained in Daily Mail)…

Margot Says:

Lol darling…..I commented on what had I watched, not on what I hadn’t watched. I
But very glad you are acknowledging the innate superiority of us Brits, who, as I write, are giving the mighty Chinese a run for their money.
You’re welcome….;)

skeezer Says:

“Not to mention the game itself is a little bit like a chess match.”
gee , you mean you really have to think out there, just not be prepared physically ?

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