hep·​tath·​lete | \ hep-ˈtath-ˌlēt How to pronounce heptathlete (audio) \

Definition of heptathlete

: an athlete who competes in a heptathlon

Examples of heptathlete in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web German heptathlete Carolin Schafer writes about tough decisions and moving forward. oregonlive, "Oregon Ducks great Jim Grelle is remembered for his accomplishments and his grace: Oregon track & field rundown," 16 June 2020 The only athlete ever to win the team title by herself, the future Olympic heptathlete won all three jumps (high, long and triple) and was second in the 100-meter low hurdles behind another future Olympian, Gail Devers. Mitch Stephens, SFChronicle.com, "Without state track meet, here are Metro’s best past performances," 30 May 2020 His mother, Helena, was a heptathlete and volleyball player at L.S.U. A vaulting phenom from the age of 7 with dual citizenship, Duplantis had to choose which country to represent in international competitions. Jeré Longman, New York Times, "Armand Duplantis Breaks the Pole Vault World Record," 8 Feb. 2020 The heptathlete had been on a roll, rising from 21st to fourth in the nation in two years. Los Angeles Times, "Olympic hopefuls try to arrange new training regimen amid coronavirus outbreak," 11 Apr. 2020 Mother Candi, who home schools Coco to accommodate her training and travel schedule, was a two-time Florida prep heptathlon champion who went on to excel at Florida State as both a heptathlete and hurdler. Wayne Coffey, USA TODAY, "Tennis sensation Coco Gauff embraces Michelle Obama's advice for the U.S. Open and beyond," 22 Aug. 2019 The Gauffs were impressive athletes too Corey was a basketball player at Georgia State, and Candi was a hurdler and heptathlete at Florida State. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "Coco Gauff's Dad Corey Told Her She Could Be The "Greatest" When She Was 8," 7 Aug. 2019 Former Utah State heptathlete Chari Hawkins earns a spot on the U.S. world team. oregonlive.com, "NBC broadcast went dark just as Dalilah Muhammad was about to set a world record: Oregon track & field rundown," 29 July 2019 His wife, Candi, was a hurdler and heptathlete at Florida State and a gymnast in her youth. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Keeping Cori Gauff Healthy and Sane," 2 July 2019

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First Known Use of heptathlete

1981, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for heptathlete

blend of heptathlon and athlete

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“Heptathlete.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heptathlete. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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