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Tue, Aug 5th 2008, 14:10

Bryan hits the newsstands

Bryan is the cover athlete for this month’s edition of Muscle and Body Magazine. Check it out a a newsstand today. In the issue, Bryan shares some of his thoughts on competing in the Olympics:

I know that if I do the best that I possibly can, there’s no one out there who can beat me. Right now, it’s one of those things where I know all I have to do is go out and have a decent meet and do the best I can and I’ll come home with the gold.

I practice every day. I wake up at 6 in the morning and I go to the weight room by 7, and I’m lifting from 7 until about 9. From 9 until 10, I go home and eat some breakfast, see my kids. Then I head back to the track at 10 and I’m there until about 3.

I’m really lucky. I’ve got a very good support group out here. My wife comes out to the track with the kids usually every day. That breaks up the day and just kind of makes you smile and makes you forget about how hot it is and how bad your body hurts.

The hard thing about the Olympics is that once you get to that level, it’s anybody’s game. It comes down to who makes the least amount of mistakes, who’s going to be tough enough mentally to stay focused. And, believe me, there’s a lot of distractions. People don’t realize that the click of a camera can be a distraction that throws everything off.

My faith plays a huge role in who I am and what I’m all about. It really sets the foundation for me and my life — who I am, how I compete and why I compete. I feel like I have all those questions answered in my heart. I understand what’s really important in life, what’s a blessing and what can be taken away tomorrow.

My dream started when I was 8 years old. I was watching the 1988 Olympics and saw Carl Lewis win the 10-meter dash. I remember being awestruck by the fact that this guy is the fastest guy on the track. Then he grabbed the U.S. flag and draped it around himself and continued to jog around the track holding the flag, and everyone was cheering for him and screaming his name. I thought, Man, that is the coolest thing ever. I turned to my mom and dad and said, “That’s what I want to do when I grow up.”

It was just a crazy little dream when I was only 8 years old, and it got set on the back burner for a few years. But I definitely came full circle, and now I’ve been able to accomplish that dream.

It was during the long jump, which is the second event of the decathlon, that I experienced my Olympic moment. Everything that happened after that Olympic moment, including the silver medal, was icing on the cake.

I already have been so blessed to be able to accomplish my dreams and aspirations. And I have more dreams and aspirations outside of track and field. That’s why I train as hard as I do. And that’s why I’m still trying to reach the gold medal, and hopefully take down a few records at the same time. I know that’s going to set me up in the future for even greater things.

There’s no way I would be where I am without the help of so many people in my life. I’ve got high school coaches and club team coaches; my parents and my grandparents; my wife; my coaches in college; youth pastors who would pick me up in the middle of the night when I was fighting with my parents to help me cool off and talk me through what was going on. All these people were there for me when I needed them. I want to make sure that I have the opportunity to do all that for someone else someday.


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Comments

Jill Ehlers | 1 week, 1 day ago

Thank you for visiting our school and being such an inspiration to our children. We are all rooting for you. Good Luck Bryan, Jill Ehlers

Hannah | 2 weeks, 5 days ago

I will be cheering for you when we watch the olympics! i am so exicted to hear about your accomplishments, but espically the fact that you are a Christian!

Kehau | 2 weeks, 6 days ago

I know you will continue to make us all proud here in your home state of Hawaii. Im very proud to tell everyone, “I went to school with Bryan too!” and then to hear their response… “Wow !” Bring home the GOLD Bryan… We’ll be watching !! Oh, can you bring me an autographed shirt ? LOL !! Take care and good luck !!