de·​cath·​lete | \di-ˈkath-ˌlēt \

Definition of decathlete 

: an athlete who competes in the decathlon

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Thompson would find a new love with Olympic decathlete Bruce Jenner, now known as Caitlyn Jenner. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Linda Thompson Just Posted a Rare Photo of Elvis Presley on Her Instagram," 22 Oct. 2018 Husband and wife, Arkansas decathlete Derek Jacobus and pole vaulter Lexi Jacobus both will be competing at the NCAA Championships LSU coach Dennis Shaver thinks the Tigers can be in the mix for women's team title. Ken Goe,, "One more time for magic to happen in 'historic' Hayward Field: Oregon track & field rundown," 6 June 2018 Ex-Oregon decathlete Mitch Modin vlogs about his return to competition. Ken Goe,, "Opponents of Hayward Field 2.0 haven't given up the fight: Oregon track & field rundown," 30 May 2018 Farmer, whose dad, Matt, was a decathlete at one time, leaves his old track career at Rancho Bernardo as the 300 high hurdles champion in the San Diego Section. Terry Monahan, Pomerado News, "RB’s Josh Farmer looks ahead to college career," 7 June 2018 Ex-Oregon decathlete Mitch Modin vlogs about his return to competition at the Oregon Twilight. Ken Goe,, "Galen Rupp and Chris Derrick deliver in a big way: Oregon track & field rundown," 6 May 2018 Two Oregon men have been recipients of The Bowerman, distance runner Galen Rupp in 2009 and decathlete Ashton Eaton in 2010. Ken Goe,, "Oregon Duck Raevyn Rogers wins The Bowerman as college track's outstanding woman athlete," 16 Dec. 2017 The Gay Games was conceived by Tom Waddell, an Olympic decathlete, and was first held in San Francisco in 1982. NBC News, "Hong Kong to Host 2022 Gay Games as LGBTQ Acceptance Grows in Parts of Asia," 1 Nov. 2017 The Olympic-gold-medalist decathlete formerly known as Bruce Jenner changed the debate about transgender issues after coming out as Caitlyn. Alex Altman, Time, "Inside Donald Trump’s Latest Battle Against the NFL," 28 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of decathlete

1962, in the meaning defined above

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blend of decathlon and athlete

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