Bryan Clay opens up about his personal accomplishments

Bryan Clay
Bryan Clay

By Jason Tang - bio | email

EUGENE, OR (KHNL) - He's known for his accomplishments in one of the most grueling events at the Olympics; the decathlon.

Medals and honors aren't what Clay hopes to be remembered by.

There's something much more important to him, some of his greatest athletic accomplishments have come on the track and on the field.

A silver in Athens, and gold medals at the World Indoor and Outdoor Championships in 2005, and 2008.

However, to Clay, all of that pales in comparison to the success he hopes to have as husband and father.

Whenever he competes, it's not a strange sight to see Bryan Clay's family close by. After this year's victory at the U.S. Track and Field Trials, Clay's son Jacob was right by his daddy's side.

"I like having my family there, it's one of those things that makes me feel comfortable and relaxed when my wife and kids are around."

But it's not an easy task for Clay to balance his platter these days. He's a husband, a father of two, and a decathlete training for a gold medal.

However, it's the help of his family that makes it all work.

"I've got a very understanding wife first of all, and I've got a very supportive family secondly."

The family Clay's talking about goes beyond his wife and kids too. He includes his parents, grand parents, aunties, uncles, and even the entire state of Hawaii.

"It's who I am, it's where I was raised, it's where my family is, it's where I identify myself with. It's everything. It's hard to explain to people, unless you're from Hawaii it's really hard to explain to people what Hawaii means to you, because you have to come and experience it."

And it's because of this family, Bryan has overcome early obstacles in life, and achieved his greatest dreams.

"I know without a doubt, that I would not have been able to accomplish what I've accomplished, without my support system being there because really you're only as good as the people you surround yourself with."

And family isn't the only thing Clay credits for his success. Right up there, is his belief in God.

"I'd say faith is a huge, huge part of my success. It's something that's helped completely change my life around, and it's taught me a lot of lessons, like things like commitment, thing like integrity, all these life lessons that you need to have in order to be successful."

Lessons which will come in handy after his career in track and field is over.

"I make enough money where I can get by year to year, and once I'm done, I gotta figure out what I'm going to do afterwards, because I'm going to have to get a full time job in order to support my family, so hopefully I'm making good and responsible decisions now that will help me out in the future."

On his most recent trip back to the islands Clay held clinics for kids across the state, and coaching is what he hopes to find success in, in the future.

But regardless of what he accomplishes in competition, when all is said and done, there's only two things Bryan wants to be remembered for.

"I just want to be remembered as a good dad, as a good person, somebody that understood that family and his faith were the most important things in his life."

Bryan's family will join him in Beijing this time. However, the decathlon doesn't take place till the 21st and 22nd of this month.