Can't get enough of that Ashton Eaton!!! He's the only child of Roslyn Eaton and Terrance Wilson. His father is African-American, and his mother is of English descent. His parents separated when he was two years old, and his mother moved the family to La Pine, Oregon. (Eaton later learned that he has three younger half-siblings.)
Roslyn Eaton relocated to Bend, Oregon, when Ashton was in the fifth grade. Ashton excelled at a wide range of sports in high school, but liked football most of all. Even though he was a statwide standout, almost no colleges recruited him. But then a coach at the University of Oregon asked him if he'd consider attending there -- not under a football scholarship, but under a track schoalrship. He suggested that Eaton take up the decathlon. Eaton had never heard of the event. But he was so thrilled that someone actually valued his athletic skills, he decided to enroll at U of O.
Eaton has dominated the decalthon ever since taking it up.
It would be hard to find a better athlete who is less well-known in his homeland than Eaton is in America.