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'World's greatest athlete,' Ashton Eaton, walks away from decathlon at age 28

Ashton Eaton, one of the greatest track and field athletes the U.S. has ever produced, announced his retirement Wednesday. Foto: AP/David J. Phillip

Ashton Eaton, one of the greatest track and field athletes the U.S. has ever produced, announced his retirement Wednesday. The 28-year-old decathlete successfully defended his title at last year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and he holds the world record for highest score in the multi-event discipline, whose winner is often called "the world's greatest athlete."

Also announcing her retirement, on their shared website, was Eaton's wife, Brianne Theisen-Eaton, who won a heptathlon bronze for Canada at Rio and is the reigning indoor pentathlon champion. The pair met while competing at Oregon and were married in 2013...

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