Olympic Superstar Ashton Eaton’s Past Will Crush You — But There's One Person Who Made it All Okay
For some Olympians, their biggest accomplishment is winning the gold medal.
By Ymijan Baftijari
For some Olympians, their biggest accomplishment is winning the gold medal. But for U.S. Olympic Decathlete Ashton Eaton, not hiding has been his biggest victory.
You would think that it has always been easy for a 28-year-old world-record Olympic champion to be in the spotlight. But growing up in central Oregon came with its own sets of challenges for Eaton. "Do you want me to hide?" was the heartbreaking question he asked his mom when he was only in the first grade.
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Regularly, ignorant people would taunt him simply because of the color of his skin. His mom (who was admittedly scared of these encounters) became his hero — his Olympian — when she gave him this piece of advice:
"No, you don't ever need to hide. You always do the best that you can and that'll speak for itself."
Just look at Eaton now — his hard work is speaking loud and clear.
If you're in need of a little inspiration, watch the video below. Be warned: you'll need a couple of tissues on hand.
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