As the reigning Olympic decathlon champion, Ashton is widely considered to hold the title of the "world's greatest athlete." He holds the decathlon world record (9,045 points), which he set at the 2015 World Championships after breaking his previous record set in 2012. He also holds the indoor heptathlon world record of 6,645 points. He is married to Canadian Olympian Brianne Theisen-Eaton. The two were teammates at the University of Oregon.