Bryan Clay a grateful champion

By Jason Tang - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Hundreds came out to catch a glimpse of the world's greatest athlete. But his new title didn't stop him from pouring out his gratitude,

especially for one.

"First of all, I've got to thank my wife, she's been an absolute trooper," said Bryan Clay of his wife Sarah.

After thanking the rest of his family and friends, Clay also wanted to thank everyone who sent him cards, or even just cheered for him from their home.

"Even though you sometimes can't tell that it's making a difference, it really does help someone like myself be successful and go out and try and take on the world," said Clay.

Before he won the gold, Clay thought nobody would really care and life would go back to normal. He admits, he's pleasantly surprised.

"It's been anything but normal since then, but just to know that i'm supported by my state, just makes all the hard times and sacrifices that much more worth while," said Clay.

Many opportunities have presented themselves for Bryan since winning the gold, and he hopes he can give back to others. As for the possibility of defending his title in 2012, Bryan's leaving that door open.

"I'm thinking we'll try, we've never had a three time medalist in the decathlon, in the history of the decathlon so i'm hoping that I can run at that and maybe make history."