In the modern Olympic Games, a composite contest consisting of a 100-meter run, a broad jump, putting the shot, a running high-jump, a 400-meter run, throwing the discus, a 100-meter hurdle race, pole vaulting, throwing the javelin, and a 1500-meter run.
There's never going to be a decathlon that you're going to have 10 events that your satisfied with. You're always, always going to be dissatisfied in something, and that always draws you back to try to retry that the next time you do a decathlon. It's like you go for the perfect 10. Ashton Eaton
The thing I like about decathlon is also the thing I dislike: It's the maximum challenge, but also the maximum frustration. Ashton Eaton
Sometimes you have to resist working on your strengths in favour of your weaknesses. The decathlon requires a wide range of skills. Daley Thompson
The decathlon includes ten separate events and they all matter. You can't work on just one of them. Dan O'Brien
It took me time to realize that the men who won Olympic gold medals in the decathlon are just men, just like me. Dan O'Brien