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 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 Her father played college basketball; her mom was a heptathlete and hurdler. NBC News, "Coco Gauff's parents tell their Wimbledon star teen: 'Go out and see how good you can be'," 8 July 2019 Gauff’s father, Corey, was a point guard at Georgia State, and her mother, Candi, was a heptathlete and hurdler at Florida State. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Cori Gauff, 15, Seizes Her Moment, Upsetting Venus Williams at Wimbledon," 1 July 2019 As an Olympic heptathlete, Shelia Burrell was never tripped by complacency. Drake Hills, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Former heptathlete Burrell ‘creating success’ as SDSU track coach," 4 June 2018 The five-time U.S. national champion and two-time Olympian was known as one of the best heptathletes in the world during the late 1990s and 2000s. Drake Hills, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Former heptathlete Burrell ‘creating success’ as SDSU track coach," 4 June 2018

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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 26 Feb. 2020.

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