Gold Medal winner Ashton Eaton of the U.S. (center) poses with fellow competitors after winning the 2012 Olympic men’s decathlon, on August 9.
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My favorite part of these Olympics is the camaraderie of hept- and pentathletes. No sulking or prim disappointed half-smiles. I like to think that if you spread the competition across a bunch of disciplines, athletes know exactly when, how and why they lost or won. No animosity between such an exclusive group.