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Bryan Clay faces busier life since winning the gold

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By Jason Tang - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - He already has the hardware, but the work is far from over for Olympic gold medalist Bryan Clay.

Since his rise to stardom, his life is even more busy with special appearances and clinics.

However, coming back to the islands is always one his priorities.

Almost two months have passed since decathlete Bryan Clay won his gold medal in Beijing. And his life hasn't slowed down yet.

"They're still busy, they're still really busy, it's on of those things that you're getting pulled in a thousand different directions and you gotta really pick and choose which ones you end up doing," said Clay.

One thing he's doing is his annual speed clinics here in the islands.

He hopes he can pass on whatever knowledge he has to benefit local athletes.

"We want to make sure the kids from Hawaii have the best opportunity to go out and be as good if not better than some of the guys on the mainland."

Though his schedule is full with events and sponsor obligations, Clay says he's still making time to get out to the beach.

"We just try get out to the water as much as possible, I'm not a big fan of the beaches in California I'm not a big fan of the beach there, so I'd rather just stay here and go in the water here."

Going out in public can be another adventure for clay.

He's more recognizable since winning the gold.

But he says when people stop him to thank him for representing Hawaii, or to give their congratulations, it makes him feel amazing.

"It makes all the hard work and all the years of training and all the blood, sweat and tears, it just makes it all worthwhile."

Clay says the one thing he's enjoyed the most since winning the gold is sleeping in.

However, that will end in November when he returns to Los Angeles to begin training again.

Bryan hopes to defend his gold at the 2012 games in London.

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