Ashton Eaton: 'I just try to go for personal improvement'

Ashton Eaton at TrackTown Tuesday

EUGENE, Ore. - In less than five months the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials will be underway at Hayward field. All eyes will be on former Duck and current world record holder Ashton Eaton.

Eaton is trying to become the third man in history to repeat as Olympic decathlon gold medalist.

Eaton was the headline attraction at the TrackTown Tuesday in downtown Eugene. Before the Olympic Trials this summer, he plans on competing at the world indoor meet in Portland.

The 2012 gold medalist is coming off one of the best years of his career, perfect timing with a chance to make history in the coming year.

"Those types of things though are mostly just having carrots on the ends of sticks. It's not necessarily something I try to go for. I just try to go for personal improvement and, you know, maybe improvement of the sport. To get those cherries on top is always good," Eaton said.

He set a world record in the decathlon at the World Championships in Beijing last summer.

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