Ashton Eaton

Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

Olympic athletes from the Northwest are steering clear of politics as they head for Moscow, Russia, this week for the 2013 World Championships in track and field.

SALEM, Ore. – Olympic gold medal winner Ashton Eaton thanked Oregon lawmakers for supporting track athletes like him. The Oregon native shot to worldwide fame last year when he won the gold medal in the decathlon at the London summer games.

He addressed members of the Oregon Senate Thursday.

"I feel so strongly about this state and I can't express enough how much I appreciate the work that is done within these wood walls that may -- unknowingly by most of you in here -- help me do what I'm able to do every day."

Bend Welcomes Home Olympic Hero

Sep 24, 2012
David Nogueras / Oregon Public Broadcasting

Crowds lined the streets of Bend Sunday to for a parade celebrating Olympic gold medalist and hometown hero, Ashton Eaton.

Oregon's Ashton Eaton Wins Gold In Men's Decathlon

Aug 9, 2012

At the London Olympics today, Oregon's own Ashton Eaton placed first in the Men's Decathlon, coming in just shy of the Olympic record. That achievement earned the 24-year-old Eaton not only a gold medal, but also the ceremonial title of "World's Greatest Athlete."