World’s greatest athlete works out with commoners

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The universe’s greatest athlete, gold medal American decathlete Ashton Eaton, humbled himself this weekend and gave some normal humans a look at his training regiment at a gym in Falls Church, Va.

Dozens joined the free session at a recently opened 24 Hour Fitness as Eaton put them through the same 45-minute workout he used to train for London; one he barely made it through himself Saturday after taking a break from his training rigor post Olympics.

“The Olympics was so stressful,” Eaton told Patch.com. “During and before I was so nervous. It’s not that I didn’t want to be there, but once I got going I was alright.”

Eaton broke the decathlon record at the U.S. Trials in Oregon and became the twelfth American to win the title of “world’s greatest athlete” with his gold in London. U.S. teammate Trey Hardee finished with silver.

Eaton is only 24 now and hopes to become the first American to defend his title since Robert Matthias did it in 1948 and ’52. Of course, Matthias was only 17-years-old when he won his first title – also in London – so Eaton will need a time machine if he wants to really impress us.

American Krupp, Canadian Macek fully committed to Germany

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GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Bjorn Krupp’s journey started at the Duluth IceForum in suburban Atlanta.

Brooks Macek piled up the points in Bantam hockey in Winnipeg, Manitoba, for the Notre Dame Hounds.

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Now they’re in the Olympic gold-medal game for Germany, having advanced further than the teams from their home countries. The U.S.-born Krupp and Canadian-born Macek have German fathers and now call Germany home with no apologies for beating or scoring against the countries of their birth.

When Macek scored a go-ahead power-play goal in what turned out to be a remarkable upset semifinal win against Canada, he pumped his fist and never felt conflicted about beating a team with the Maple Leafs on its jerseys.

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Continuity carries Germany, Russians into Olympic final

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GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — They forged bonds from Riga to Cologne and in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

It’s all led Germany and the Russians to a David versus Goliath Olympic gold-medal game Sunday. Even though the Russians were favorites all along and expected to win gold in a tournament without NHL stars and Germany was a longshot to even reach the semifinals after not qualifying in Sochi, these two teams are more similar than they are different.

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Their familiarity and continuity is the biggest reason they’re facing off in the final.

Germany’s core group has been together through the Olympic qualification tournament and world championships and has played the same system for the past three years under coach Marco Sturm. The Russians’ 25-man roster is made up of 15 players from SKA St. Petersburg and eight from CSKA Moscow, the two best teams in the Kontinental Hockey League.

“That’s a big key to our success,” Germany defenseman Christian Ehrhoff said Saturday. “We were very familiar with each other. … (The Russians also) should be really familiar because almost everybody plays on the same teams in Russia.”

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