The two-time Olympic gold medalist in the decathlon conquered tests of agility and strength for a good cause.

Ashton Eaton Wins at life
Ashton Eaton bounds across “The Block Run” on NBC’s “Celebrity Ninja Warrior.” NBC/ GETTY
It’s no surprise that the decathlon world-record holder and two-time Olympic champion Ashton Eaton, 29, had absolutely no problem jetting through the Celebrity Ninja Warrior course.
On Thursday, May 25, the obstacle show aired on NBC, featuring stars like Today host Natalie Morales, Dancing with the Stars’ Derek Hough, and actresses Mena Suvari and Erika Christensen. The game, which allows contestants to test their mettle on a series of obstacles, is a spinoff of

Each celebrity took guidance from an “elite ninja” who helped coach them on the course. Each obstacle completed raised $5,000 for the Red Nose Foundation, which provides basic necessities to children in impoverished countries.

The course is designed to test strength, agility, and flexibility, and it proved too much for many of the stars. But Eaton, who’s still nearly superhuman even after his retirement from track and field, powered through all six stations and raised $30,000. Unfortunately, though, his speedy completion only allowed for about 10 seconds of TV time (see it above, around the 28:00 mark).

Track athletes have a history of appearing on the original American Ninja Warrior. American track Olympians Hyleas Fountain, Dee Dee Trotter, and Lauryn Williams appeared on the show in 2013, but failed to complete the course. In 2015, retired 800-meter specialist Nick Symmonds did not advance to the final rounds of the show.

 

That said, the Celebrity Ninja Warrior course is designed to be easier than the true American Ninja Warrior obstacles. Perhaps fans will see Eaton step out of retirement and onto a regulation-sized Warped Wall in the future.