Two-time Olympic decathlon gold medallist Ashton Eaton has turned to science and engineering for his post-athletic career but the American former world record holder told Reuters he has found a way to straddle both worlds.
Eaton, who retired from athletics in 2017, is studying for a second degree in mechanical engineering and is also part of a project at U.S. tech firm Intel aimed at helping athletes squeeze every last bit of performance out of their bodies. While the company lists his job as: ‘Product Development Engineer’, Eaton’s LinkedIn bio simply reads: “2x Olympic gold medallist, decathlon. Now pursuing engineering.”
“Ultimately [I] decided I wanted to learn the fundamentals of science and engineering,” Eaton told Reuters in a recent interview.
“[Intel] asked if I would like to join the project and I just saw it as an awesome opportunity to mix what I knew with my…