2x Olympic Champion Ashton Eaton Opens Up On How He Navigated The Workforce Market After Retiring At 28 Years Old + Advice For Other Athletes


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“Personally, I never identified as just an athlete. I did sport my whole life. It was the only thing I knew but I’ve always been the kind of person that’s not necessarily that thing that I’m doing. I’ve always had other interests. For me, I was just ready and it was OK to say, ‘I did the things I tried to do as best as I could do them. Maybe there was more there and more left but that’s for somebody else now.’”

In Jan. 2017, Ashton Eaton and Brianne Theisen-Eaton announced their retirement at the prime of their respective careers at 28 years old. Ashton was coming off defending his Olympic gold medal at the Summer Games in Rio. Brianne earned a bronze medal in the heptathlon in Brazil as well. They started a family and Ashton went back to school to pursue a degree in engineering. How did the former world's greatest athlete navigate the job market and what were some of the challenges along the way?

Ashton sits down with Kyle Merber to open up about his own personal experience. They're also joined by Chris O'Donnell, the co-founder of The Bell Lap, which is a program focused on helping professional Track & Field athletes’ transition into the business community. For more information visit TheBelLap.com | They are now taking applications for the Class of 2022.

WATCH THIS EPISODE/CONVERSATION HERE: https://youtu.be/8fyLuGf394g?t=4490


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