Saskatchewan's Brianne Theisen-Eaton is one proud Olympian. The reigning indoor world champion is leaving the 2016 Rio Olympics with a bronze medal around her neck. "It felt really good. I've been working for that for years so finally all of it coming together was really awesome," she tells Hello! following her performance in the heptathlon competition.
The 27-year-old superstar captured Canada's first medal in track at field at the games and became the first woman ever to grace the podium in the event.
After completing the final event in the seven-stage competition – the gruelling 800m race around the track – the P&G sponsored athlete and a Crest ambassador's Olympic journey officially came to and end.
And just what does an elite athlete want to do after the pressure is off? "Typically I really want a good burger and french fries. Like a really high quality good burger from a brewery or something but unfortunately I couldn’t find that in the village so I went to McDonalds [Laughs]."
Cheering her on every step of the way was her American husband and reigning Olympic gold medallist in decathlon Ashton Eaton. The duo have been called the world's most athletic couple and it's easy to see why. Both excel in track and field and have unwavering support for each other. Their shared motto? "Endeavor. Always."
"I would say we both get more nervous about my competition" Brianne tells us with a laugh when quizzed about pre-competition jitters. "I mean I have full confidence in him. He’s pretty cool as a cucumber, relaxed and focused. I’m usually nervous for the first event and then when that happens I relax a little bit."
Ashton is a bona fide superstar in track and field but last month he made a splash in a very different industry. "I was blown away," Brianne says about her husband's cover and multipage spread in the August issue of Vogue.
The 28-year-old shot the editorial alongside top model Gigi Hadid, who according to Brianne, wasn't on Ashton's radar. Recalling details from the shoot in an Instagram post, the Canadian revealed that her longtime love asked the seasoned model, "Have you done a lot of these shoots or are you fairly new at them?"
The Olympian also admits that Gigi's talents on the track amazed her. "The hurdling one I was like 'How did she do that? That's just crazy!'"
Brianne's bronze not only inspired a burst of Canadian pride from coast to coast, but altered the determined athlete's perspective on winning. "I came in and wanted to win a gold medal," she tells us on the phone from Olympic Village, adding, "but that's now how it worked out."
The two-time Olympian admits that the biggest thing she learned from her experience is the importance of finding the positive in every situation. "When things don’t go how you want them to go it’s important to make the most of it and continue to get something from it. I feel like that’s what I’m most proud of."
She adds: "Even though it’s a bronze medal, I’m happy that I was able to get that. My first day didn’t go how I wanted it to go but I was able to stay calm and focused and salvage day two and get a medal out of it."