Bryan and Sarah Clay talk about life after the Olympics

Bryan & Sarah Clay
Bryan & Sarah Clay

By Jason Tang - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - He's the world's greatest athlete, the title he really wants is "world's greatest husband and father."

KHNL News 8 sat down with Bryan and Sarah Clay as they explain what life is like for a growing family, that's learning to deal with all the demands that comes with being a gold medal athlete.

He won the gold medal in the decathlon, but it didn't come without a lot of sacrifice from his family.

"This is probably the first time we've been able to sit down on a couch together, and just kind of relax," said Bryan.

With two young children, the Clays say it's the separation that is the hardest thing to handle, especially for the youngsters.

"The biggest difficulty is the kids missing him, and that makes me feel bad, so it's hard," said Sarah.

"My son will get on the phone and say 'daddy I miss you,' and it just breaks your heart, you know, if I could just stop what I was doing and come back home I would,"

But like many fathers, Bryan needs to work to support his family, and the couple knows this won't be a permanent situation.

"We understand that this is not going to be the rest of my life, this is going to be a very short window, and we're trying to capitalize as much as we can on it now."

Though it's tough on their family when Bryan is away, Sarah reminds herself to keep things in perspective.

"I think about the army wives whose husbands are gone for years at a time and my heart breaks for them and I give them credit cause I don't think I could do it much longer than a month."

And there is something else Sarah will have to do for a little longer.

"I'm learning how to be a wife to someone who's wanted constantly by other people, but we can't complain about any of it because this is what we wanted."

Bryan does have a few more obligations he needs to tend to, but the family is planning a vacation where they can just relax.