Exclusive: Bryan Clay talks one-on-one with KHNL

Bryan Clay talks one-on-one with KHNL News 8's Jason Tang
Bryan Clay talks one-on-one with KHNL News 8's Jason Tang

By Jason Tang - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - He's a gold medal Olympian, and now, he's back home in the islands.   Bryan Clay arrived at the Honolulu International Airport late Thursday night and gave KHNL News 8's Jason Tang an exclusive, one-on-one interview.

JT:  Well, a hero's welcome for our gold medalist and decathlon champion Bryan Clay, world's greatest athlete and now cover boy for the Wheaties box, do you have to pinch yourself to let you feel that this is still reality?

BC:  Kind of, it took a little while to settle in, but as we've been going through the media and once I found out I had the Wheaties box and everything else, it's really starting to feel like this is real, and starting to settle in that life is going to be a little different now, but we're looking forward to it and it's going to be all things that are good changes and I can't wait to see what the future holds.

JT: Why did you decide that you wanted to come back here to Hawaii?

BC: I gotta come back to Hawaii, Hawaii is always going to be home, we're looking forward to of course celebrating with everybody that supported me out here, my family is here, but also the state of Hawaii, I always tell people that it's the most supportive state in the country, and I felt it only right to come back and try and let the people celebrate with me.

JT: You're very recognized and wanted, how do you want to use that fame to inspire other people?

BC: Well, the idea of me doing track and field, I've always said the last couple years, I've always wanted to change people's lives, so I felt like track and field would be a tool or maybe give me a platform to change lives, and the better I did at track and field the larger that platform is going to be, the more lives I could reach.

JT: Finally, what is the message that you want to get out there of how you want to inspire other people?

BC: The message is always the same, my dad used to tell me that in every person there's somebody who can break a world record, there's somebody that can run the 40 faster than you, and the difference between those people and yourself is that it has to be the fact that you made good decisions and you kept your head on straight and you stayed focused and worked hard, so I always try preach that to kids that you can do anything you want to do, doesn't matter how big you are, how small you are, your race, the only thing that matters is you making good decisions, being focused working hard and making sacrifices necessary and you're going to accomplish that.

JT: Alright Bryan Clay, world's greatest athlete, he's going to have three days here on the islands.