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Ashton Eaton, Brianne Theisen set to wed in Eugene

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The world’s greatest athlete is about to be officially off the market.

Olympic decathlon champion and world-record holder Ashton Eaton is set to marry fellow track and field athlete Brianne Theisen on Saturday.

The two met as teenagers at the University of Oregon in Eugene, where the ceremony will take place. Eaton, 25, went on to gold-medal fame. Theisen, 24, placed 11th in the heptathlon at the London Olympics.

There are times when it gets tough for Theisen, a back-to-back NCAA champion for the Ducks.

“Sometimes it can get a little bit difficult just because Ashton is so good,” Theisen told the Canadian Press. “Sometimes I feel like what I do can get overlooked or just overseen. I’ll (set a personal record) in a meet, and then the next day he breaks the world record.

“It’s not that I’m mad at him or anything, I get so excited for him. But sometimes that part of it can get a little bit frustrating.”

The wedding’s a big deal. There’s even a hashtag for it.

They got engaged in 2011 but put off the wedding until after the hectic Olympic year.

Even 2013 hasn’t been all smooth sailing. A javelin throw from Theisen in practice grazed Eaton’s nose a few months ago. They’ve trained together under the same coach, Harry Mara, since 2009.

What’s it like to live with Eaton?

“I see what he eats — Kraft Dinner, hot dogs,” Theisen told the Canadian Press. “He plays video games until 2 in the morning.”

Eaton and Theisen will be together in Moscow in August for the world championships. Eaton won silver behind American Trey Hardee at 2011 worlds, while Theisen missed the event with a back injury.

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Mikaela Shiffrin wins Aspen World Cup slalom

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With a slalom win today in Aspen, Colo., Mikaela Shiffrin broke some of the barriers she had been chasing.

“I don’t know if the stars will ever align like that again,” Shiffrin said in a media conference after being told she won with the biggest margin of victory in the history of women’s slalom since 1968: 3.07 seconds. “I don’t think [my competitors] are going to let me get away with three seconds ever again.”

En route to her fourth consecutive slalom World Cup title – which would tie the record for the most with Switzerland’s Vreni Schneider from 1992-95 – she became the first female skier to win four World Cup slalom races in a row since Austria’s Marlies Schild did it in the 2011-12 season.

In addition, Shiffrin became the first female skier from the U.S. to win a slalom World Cup race in Aspen. And she’s now tied with France’s Perrine Pelen for sixth overall with total slalom World Cup victories.

“I was pissed after I made that ridiculous mistake yesterday,” Shiffrin said to media, referencing yesterday’s giant slalom crash. Both her and Lindsey Vonn crashed and did not finish in Aspen’s giant slalom. “I tried to use that anger today.”

Shiffrin called the mistake a “brainfart” and Vonn dismissed it because “giant slalom isn’t [her] strongest event.”

But, Shiffrin added that she already has her mind set on tomorrow, where she races slalom again, on NBC at 3 p.m. ET. The complete of the Olympic sports schedule is here.

“I just as quickly have to go back and settle in,” she said. “Tomorrow is a new race. I have to find a different motivation and try to take the same mentality and keep fighting.”

Slovakia’s Veronika Velez Zuzulova was second behind Shiffrin, followed by Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter.

By finishing behind Shiffrin in Aspen, Zuzulova extends her slalom World Cup podium finish streak to four.

Hansdotter has the second-most second place World Cup slalom finishes at 13 total, including today’s race. Only Pernilla Wiberg, of Sweden, has more with a total of 14.

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Fencing great Valentina Vezzali fails to qualify for Rio 2016

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TURIN, Italy (AP) – Six-time Olympic champion fencer Valentina Vezzali has failed to qualify for next year’s Rio de Janeiro Games.

The 41-year-old Vezzali was eliminated in the second round of the foil event at the Trofeo Inalpi meet Saturday, while Italian teammate Arianna Errigo reached the semifinals and gained the necessary points to qualify.

Vezzali won at least one gold at the last five Olympics in either individual or team foil. She has a total of nine Olympic medals and 25 at world championships.

Her second son was born in 2013, the year in which she also became a member of Italy’s parliament.

Vezzali told the Gazzetta dello Sport this week that “I had another son and it was really difficult to come back. … I don’t think I have anything else to prove.”

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