Retired Canadian heptathlete Brianne Theisen-Eaton and her husband, retired American decathlete Ashton Eaton, announced on social media that they are expecting their first baby in February 2020.
It’s happening… A little Eaton will be joining the party in Feb 2020!
These past 4 months have been a special time for @AshtonJEaton & I, & we’re excited to share the news. We can’t wait to meet our little “spacenaut”, as Ash has named it, & to start this adventure together. pic.twitter.com/u7i91wqLb3
— BrianneTheisen-Eaton (@btheiseneaton) September 4, 2019
Theisen-Eaton, who is from Saskatchewan, won the bronze medal in the heptathlon at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, and silver at both the 2013 and 2015 World Championships. Her husband is the two-time Olympic gold medallist and former world record-holder in the decathlon.
The Eatons sparked speculation back in 2017 that they might be pregnant, but it turned out they were getting a new puppy. Judging by the pair of tiny sneakers in their recent Instagram post, however, this time it’s an actual baby they’re expecting.
The couple shocked the athletics world in early 2017 when they announced their retirement from competition, after both took home medals from Rio. Theisen-Eaton cited burnout as one of the reasons. Later that year she tackled her first marathon as a recreational runner, at Chicago, finishing in 3:55.