Watch: Ashton Eaton can jump 36 steps in six jumps

Friday January 8th, 2016

Ashton Eaton is the world’s greatest athlete.

He holds the world record in the decathlon and will be one of the top athletes to watch at this summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Just when you thought skipping three steps while going up stairs is cool, Eaton decided to beat sprinter Ezinne Okparaebo’s mark of 29 steps in six jumps from this video.


Here is Eaton’s attempt filmed by Olympic middle distance runner Andrew Wheating:

That’s 36 steps in six jumps and possibly another world record for Eaton.

If you want a better idea of height, the minimum stair height is six inches. If the stairs at Hayward Field are 7.5 inches, then it’s 45 inches per jump, according to Scott Olberding of 

- Christopher Chavez

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