Ashton Eaton Retired First, Then Brianne Theisen-Eaton Did Two Weeks Later
Theisen-Eaton called her sports psychologist the next morning, according to Nick Zaccardi of NBC Sports. The psychologist told her that athletes are the only people who die twice. That's a little melodramatic--lots of careers have short shelf lives--but Theisen-Eaton eventually reconciled herself to the fact that "you have to become this totally different person. You have to create a new identity. You have to find a new community to belong to. You have to go into this world that you know nothing about."
Hopefully her husband, whose Twitter bio currently reads "Being the 1st person on Mars would be cool," doesn't take going to a new world so literally.
Ashton Eaton and Brianne Theisen-Eaton are retiring from track and field: