Ashton Eaton is a multiple Olympic and world champion in the decathlon.
Since retiring after Rio 2016, Ashton has joined Intel and embarked on a new career in technology.
Ashton discussed his transition from Olympic athlete to Intel employee in an Ashton Eaton stars in Intel webinar
Ashton Eaton is one of the greatest athletes of modern times.
When he retired after Rio 2016, he had achieved everything there is to achieve in a discipline that is regarded as the true test of the all-round athlete: two Olympic titles, two world titles and a world record.
But given he was only 28 when he stepped away from track and field, the question was: what would he do next?
A new career with Intel
“I gave the most physically robust years of my life to the discovery and pursuit of my limits in this domain,” said Ashton at the time.
“Did I reach them? Truthfully I’m not sure anyone really does. It seems like we tend to run out of time or will before we run out of potential. That makes humanity limitless then, as far as I’m concerned. And I think that’s inspiring.”
Now, Ashton is discovering the limits of his off-the-field potential through a new role as a product development engineer with Intel, working on technology that analyses human performance, including AI.
Ashton took part in an exclusive Athlete365 webinar alongside Rick Echevarria, Intel Vice President and General Manager of Intel’s Olympic Programme. Alongside with other webinar in our series that has already featured Olympic champions Eliud Kipchoge and Axel Lund Svindal, and was again moderated by British Olympian and sports broadcaster Jeanette Kwakye.
During the webinar, Ashton and Rick gave an overview of Intel’s athlete-focused initiatives, and made an exciting announcement about a new programme designed to help you navigate future career opportunities. Ashton also discussed how being an Olympian has prepared him for a career in technology, and advised you on transitioning from elite sport to a new career.
If you missed our exclusive webinar with Ashton, watch the review here.
IT SEEMS LIKE WE TEND TO RUN OUT OF TIME OR WILL BEFORE WE RUN OUT OF POTENTIAL. THAT MAKES HUMANITY LIMITLESS THEN, AS FAR AS I’M CONCERNED. AND I THINK THAT’S INSPIRING.