Gold medalist Bryan Clay coming home to Hawaii

By Paul Drewes - bio | email

BEIJING (KHNL) -  He's the world's greatest athlete, the gold medal winner in the decathlon, and after reaching this milestone, he also made time to talk story with KHNL.

An old chinese proverb says a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

Isn't it fitting that Bryan Clay's long journey for Olympic gold would end up in China with a last few steps.

A long, trying and difficult journey, making this win and gold so much sweeter.

"I don't get a metal for every event, there are 10 events. There is a lot of blood sweat and tears that goes into that medal," said Clay.

Clay won the opening event in the decathlon and never looked back.

"I've been in great shape, the best shape of my life".

Physically strong but also mentally tough, because of a showering of support from back here in Hawaii. Clay would read cards and letters as inspiration before and during the games.

"Knowing that you are supported in that sort of way, whether you win or not, just takes the pressure off so you can compete freely and the best you can".

With the win before millions around the globe, Clay earns the title of world's greatest athlete.

An honor he can use anywhere except at home.

"My wife is not going to call me that, I am still going to have to clean dishes and change diapers, and do all that kind of stuff".

While some champions long to go to Disneyworld after a win, for this Olympic star, he longs to head back to Hawaii. And see his family, especially his son.

And while he wants to play a big role in own child's life, Clay also hopes his victory will inspire other youngsters.

"I want young athletes to know they can reach their dreams, they have to stay focuses and make good decisions. And they can be what they want to be".

Clay was in Hawaii before the summer games, and he is expected to return to the islands on Friday.