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Why does decathlon bore us?

Yes, it takes two days and the scoring is complicated, but the athletes are amazing

Originally Published: August 8, 2012
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

LONDON -- Once upon a time, the decathlon was a very big deal.

Winning the event at the Olympics earned an athlete the title of "world's greatest athlete,'' plus cereal box covers, "Saturday Night Live" parodies and entire marketing campaigns. You were a household name.

But quick: Name the gold medalist in the decathlon from 2008. Yeah, you know. Just four years ago. Hint: He's from the United States.

There was no Clay-mania and no Clay-tastic headlines ...

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