EUGENE — The University of Oregon’s 2012 Olympians, including gold medalist Ashton Eaton, of Bend, will be recognized during this Saturday’s Oregon-Colorado football game at Autzen Stadium.
Eaton set the world record of 9,039 points in the decathlon during the 2012 Olympic Trials at Hayward Field. The five-time NCAA champion for the Ducks then went on to claim his first Olympic gold medal at the London Games.
Other Olympians with Oregon connections who are scheduled to appear Saturday include 2012 UO graduate Brianne Theisen. The seven-time NCAA champion, who is Eaton’s fiancee, finished 11th in the heptathlon for Canada at the London Olympics.
Andrew Wheating, a men’s 1,500-meter semifinalist and five-time NCAA champion at Oregon, will be part of Saturday’s ceremony, as will women’s steeplechase finalist Bridget Franek and women’s 800-meter semifinalist Geena Gall.
Other Olympians scheduled to attend include Dathan Ritzenhein, who was 13th in the 10,000 meters for Team USA, Duck alumnae and javelin throwers Cyrus Hostetler and Rachel Yurkovich, and Ciaran O’Lianard, who competed in the men’s 1,500 meters for Ireland.
—Bulletin staff report