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Bryan Clay

Born: January 3, 1980


Bryan Clay (Kaneohe, Hawaii) ranks as one of the most successful athletes, and certainly the best track and field athlete, ever to come out of the state of Hawaii. A versatile high school athlete in Kaneohe, Hawaii, Clay was persuaded to try the decathlon by 2000 Olympic Games bronze medalist Chris Huffins. In college, Clay won the U.S. and Pan American junior titles in 1999 and an NAIA gold in 2000 for Azusa Pacific University.


His first taste of Olympic success came in 2004, when he won the silver medal in Athens, and he upgraded to gold in '08 in Beijing – earning the recognized title of World’s Greatest Athlete.


In between those Olympic wins, Clay took the top spot at the 2005 IAAF World Championships. Twice a World Indoor champion in the heptathlon, in 2008 and 2010, he claimed silver in 2004 & 2006. Clay also won four U.S. decathlon titles, including Olympic Trials wins in '04 and '08, and set his lifetime best of 8,832 points at the 2008 Olympic Trials.


Clay currently is an entrepreneur, corporate consultant and motivational speaker. His Bryan Clay Foundation provides academic and athletic opportunities to underprivileged children.


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