You may have heard about the sports javelin, high jump, long jump, shot put, sprint and the 800-meter race, but only very few know these events are also parts of a single sport; heptathlon. The heptathlon is usually a two-day sporting event basically consisting of seven events, three of which are races; 200M and 800M sprints, as well as a 100M hurdles event. More so, it involves high jump, shot put, javelin throw and long jump. Those who participate in the heptathlon are expected to master all of these sports in great detail and to deliver on both track and field. Some athletes have successfully carved out a niche for themselves in this space, one of those being the Estonian Heptathlete, Grete Šadeiko.
Šadeiko was not only ranked fourth worldwide in the 2010 World Junior Championships in Moncton, Canada, she also ranked fifth in the 2015 European U23 Championships in Tallinn, Estonia; with a record high 5813 points in the heptathlon. But more than that, Šadeiko is more proud to be addressed as a wife of popular NFL quarterback, Robert Griffin III, and mother of their daughter. Read on, as we tell you more about the talented athlete.
Grete Šadeiko’s Bio
Grete Šadeiko, now Grete Griffin was born in Türi, Estonia, on May 29, 1993; into a middle-class Estonian family. She was raised alongside her sibling, Grit Šadeiko in Turi by their mom, Deivi Šadeiko. There are no details about their father. Growing up, Šadeiko attended Turi Uhisgumnaasium before she finally moved to the United States to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Florida State University. Her program began in the fall of 2012 and as of today, it is expected that Šadeiko is already a degree holder in psychology.
Although there have been speculations that the skilled athlete will pursue a career in Psychology, her recent strides in the track and field events are proving otherwise.
Since when she first appeared on national television in the World Junior Championships, Šadeiko has been named one of Estonia’s top junior athletes. She emerged fourth in the 2010 World Junior Championships. But that came at a price. The then seventeen-year-old was on shaky legs in the wake of her new-found fame. She had to fall back to her family which mostly comprised of athletes. Two years later, in 2012, she reappeared in the World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain. However, Šadeiko seemed rusty as she emerged ninth place in the Championships. Five whopping steps away from her previous fourth place.
Since 2013, Šadeiko has been on the Seminole track team. After a while recovering from injury, 2014, saw her come back stronger; when she broke a 24-year-old Florida State University heptathlon record. The following year, she emerged fifth place—with 5813 points in the European U23 Championships for Heptathlon; which held in Tallinn, Estonia. Since 2014, she’s been second-team All-American for two consecutive years.
Grete Šadeiko’s Net Worth
Grete Šadeiko might be thriving as an athlete, however, details of how much she earns aren’t public knowledge, but if marriage is anything to go by, it’s safe to say she shares in her husband’s $25 million fortune. Source also put his annual salary at around $2 million. As of this writing, the couple resides in their lavish mansion valued at $2.78 million.
Other Facts About Robert Griffin III (RG3) Wife
Grete Šadeiko’s has been married to popular NFL quarterback, Robert Griffin III, since March 10, 2018. Together, they have one daughter, Gloria (b. July 2, 2017). Sources say they began dating in 2016, in the wake of Robert Griffin’s divorce saga, and a year later, on May 12, 2017, they got engaged.
2. Her Sister is also a Heptathlete
Athletics runs in her family. Šadeiko’s elder sister, Grit, is a successful heptathlete. In 2011, Grit won gold in the heptathlon at the U23 European Championships. Though she qualified for the heptathlon games in 2016, she, unfortunately, hit a hurdle during her 100 M hurdles race and was disqualified from the competition.
3. Height and Body Measurement
As expected of athletes, Šadeiko sports a graceful slim figure. She stands 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 meters) tall. She is blonde and has green eyes.
4. Social Media Following
As far as specifics go, Grete Šadeiko’s only social media accounts are her Instagram and Twitter accounts; which have over 37 k and 5k followers respectively. She does not operate a Facebook account.