Coined in 1912 when king Gustav V of Sweden told Jim Thorpe
“You, sir, are the World’s Greatest Athlete” after winning
the decathlon the title endures to this day as an honor
to the one, who wins the World and/or Olympic
Decathlon. Already the Silver medalist in 2004,
Bryan Clay earned the title in 2005 as the World
Champion and again in 2008 as the Olympic
Gold medalist.