Decathlete Ashton Eaton will represent Team USA at the Summer Olympics in Brazil—and his wife Brianne Theisen-Eaton will represent Team Canada in the seven-event heptathlon.
And while Ashton says the two root for each other they still get competitive.
“When we're competing at the same meet, even though she's Canadian and I'm American, we're very much rooting,” he tells People. “We call it 'Team North America.' But for example, in the Winter Olympics when Canada and the United States play each other, it's a whole different story.
“There's a lot of positives that come out of it actually," he adds. “We're both driven individuals, and even though we are both athletes and both go through hard times as athletes—maybe it's an injury, or maybe it's an event you can't figure out or maybe you don't win a meet that you wanted to. We are supportive of one another in those tough times, and that's how you really get close to someone and grow.”
Ashton, 28, and Brianne, 27, from Humboldt, Canada, met in college at the University of Oregon. Ashton won a gold medal in 2012 a year before their 2013 wedding.
The athletic sweethearts have also found a way to wear their rings during their performances.
“QALO has solved the last technical piece we needed to figure out before the Olympics...a ring we can wear for all of our events and training. The best news, their new Athletics Collection is out! These rings have a completely reimagined design, making them perfect for our active lifestyles. Great for the track or field! Check them out on QALO.com.”
The opening ceremony is Friday, August 5, at 7 ET.
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