RBR Interview: Bryan Clay, two time Olympic Dec medalist, by Larry Eder

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Bryan Clay, photo courtesy of ASICS communications

Bryan Clay is on a mission. His goal, to make the 2012 Olympic team in the decathlon and medal in London, becoming the only decathlete to ever win medals in three Olympics. RBR caught up with him as we were flying into PDX on Wednesday night. We sent six questions and here is how he responded:
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Bryan Clay, photo courtesy of ASICS communications

RBR, #1: Tell us about your first decathlon?

Bryan Clay: I don't really remember my first decathlon. I know it was in Hawaii, and all I really remember is throwing the javelin off the grass.

RBR, #2: What would you tell young multi-eventers was your worst assumption about the decathlon?

Bryan Clay: I think I thought it would be easier than it was. You need to be ready for a decathlon. It may seem hard on paper but it is way harder in reality.

RBR, #3: What do you recall from the Athens Olympics?

Bryan Clay: I remember just being in awe during the long jump, and I realized that I was competing in the Olympic Games and that this (Athens) was the birthplace of the Olympics.

RBR, #4: What do you remember about your gold medal performance in Beijing?

Bryan Clay: Beijing was cool! I just remember how big everything was. The Birds Nest was unreal and I am not sure I will ever see an opening ceremony like that again!

RBR, #5: Tell us about the importance of the London Olympics to you?

Bryan Clay: London would mark a 12 year career for me at the top of the decathlon. Also that would give me a chance at three Olympic medals, which has never been done.

RBR, #6: How has it been working with ASICS America?

Bryan Clay: ASICS has been an absolute pleasure to work with. They really make you feel like you are a part of a family and not just another number. They played a huge role in my preparation for the Olympic Trials.

Special thanks to Paul Doyle, doyle management, Ashley Wallace, Shannon Scott, Anne Adams, ASICS America.

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