Brianne Theisen-Eaton, a University of Oregon graduate, won bronze for Team Canada in the heptathlon Saturday, roaring back from a disappointing finish the night before.
Theisen-Eaton, who entered Rio ranked number one in the world, placed third in high jump, seventh in the 200-meter sprint, and sixth in hurdles, an event she was favored to win.
Her chance at an Olympic medal was improbable when she walked off the field Friday night.
But she fired back on Saturday and edged her way onto the podium with strong performances in long jump and javelin. Then clinching bronze with a third place finish in the 800-meters.
“Going into this, I probably wouldn’t have said, ‘Yeah, I want a bronze medal,’” Theisen-Eaton told reporters Saturday morning, “But I’m really, really happy with it. The Olympics is tough … I’m really proud of myself, and I’m happy.”
Draped in a Canadian flag, the bronze medalist was embraced by her husband and fellow Olympian, Ashton Eaton.
“Good job,” he said. “I’m proud of you. Way to battle.”
The duo, who were married in 2013, trained together as teammates at the University of Oregon and continue to train together under the direction of Harry Marra.
Eaton sported some Canadian gear while cheering on his wife’s impressive surge from sixth to third.
Some people were not happy with the U.S. Olympian’s show of support and took to twitter to express their discontent.
Ashton Eaton is a traitor— Reed Strong (@reedstrong7) August 13, 2016
We just gonna pretend like we didn't just see @AshtonJEaton with a Canada hat on?
Yeah. I think so.— Gomes (@GomesBolt) August 13, 2016
Eaton responded to the criticism in a series of tweets:
Have I not represented USA well? Yet u demand more. Ur respect is hard earned. I support the country that produced my wife;who ru2 shame me?— Ashton Eaton (@AshtonJEaton) August 13, 2016
Are your grandparents from another country? Will your grandchildren be? What then? Hopefully you'll adopt a more reasonable view.— Ashton Eaton (@AshtonJEaton) August 13, 2016
However, the negative comments were met with overwhelming support from fans and members of the track community.
@AshtonJEaton no idea what that's about, but the CND team all appreciate your support and are happy to cheer for you and the US 🇨🇦👬🇺🇸— Liz Gleadle (@Javelizz) August 13, 2016
I've never seen Ashton Eaton mad until tonight. Oh Lord. What have u guys done.
That's his WIFE. He made a vow to support her- for Life— Lolo Jones (@lolojones) August 13, 2016
@AshtonJEaton anyone criticizing you is idiotic. Keep up the good work!— Rob Leathern (@robleathern) August 13, 2016
Calling Ashton Eaton a traitor because he's supporting his Canadian wife with a team Canada hat is one of the dumbest things that I've heard— Don (@LaziestEyes) August 14, 2016
Eaton competes in the decathlon later this week, hoping defend his title and add to the medal count in the Theisen-Eaton household.