These Are Some of the Nike Innovations That Enabled Ashton Eaton to Achieve Gold

The two-time decathlon gold medalist remains Nike's athletic muse
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Is it any wonder that Ashton Eaton remains an athletic muse for Nike engineers and designers? Yesterday, the 28-year-old Oregon native defended his title as "the World’s Greatest Athlete," winning his second consecutive decathlon gold medal while tying the competition's current record at 8,893 points (set in Athens in 2004). He also joins elite company, standing alongside the USA's Bob Mathias (1948 and 1952) and Great Britain's Daley Thompson (1980 and 1984) as the only two-time decathlon winners in Olympic history.

In anticipation of the Rio Games, Nike developed tailor-made designs and innovations to meet the decathlon's unique demands, with input from Ashton himself. Check out four of the athlete's vital tools in the gallery below.