Olympian Ashton Eaton to speak to senators

Olympian Ashton Eaton to speak to senators

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: Ashton Eaton of the United States celebrates as he crosses the finish line next to Oleksiy Kasyanov of Ukraine in the Men's Decathlon 1500m on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

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Posted on February 19, 2013 at 8:59 PM

SALEM, Ore. -- Olympic gold medalist Ashton Eaton will speak to the Oregon state Senate on Thursday.

Senate President Peter Courtney's office says Eaton is expected to thank senators for their support of Oregon's Olympic athletes and the track-and-field trials in Eugene.

The state paid $550,000 to help the City of Eugene with security costs for the 2012 Olympic trials.

Eaton will speak for a few minutes at the beginning of the Senate session, during a time typically reserved for a prayer or invocation.

Eaton graduated from Mountain View High School in Bend and went to the University of Oregon. He won gold in decathlon in the 2012 Olympics and set a world record in the Olympic trials.

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