Highway named in honor of Ashton Eaton

Highway named in honor of Ashton Eaton
This combination of eleven photos shows in the center frame, United States' Ashton Eaton being embraced by his fiancee Brianne Theisen after winning gold in the decathlon following the 1500-meter race during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo)

LA PINE, Ore. (AP) — A major Central Oregon highway will be named with gold.

The La Pine City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to rename the portion of U.S. Highway 97 within its city limits as Ashton Eaton Boulevard.

Eaton set the decathlon world record at the U.S. Olympic trials in June and then won the gold medal at the London summer games.

He attended elementary school in La Pine before moving to nearby Bend.

His grandparents still live there, the Bend Bulletin reported.

"As his mom, I'd just like to say thank you so much to the city of La Pine and all of the people that made this happen," said Roz Eaton, who attended the meeting with Eaton's grandmother, Carolyn Wallace. "I know having spoken with Ashton that he's so humbled."

City Manager Steve Hasson said the signs for Ashton Eaton Boulevard could be ready for installation by January.

The council also designated the week of Nov. 11 as Ashton Easton week in La Pine.

"It's a great way to honor a hometown person that has shown even coming from a town like La Pine, you can still be anything you want to be if you apply yourself," Mayor Ken Mulenex said. "And we're proud of that."


Information from: The Bulletin, http://www.bendbulletin.com

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