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Thu, Jul 3rd 2008, 13:40

Determination, Pride Fuel Bryan Clay's Hope for Olympic Gold

American Bryan Clay has dominated the decathlon event in recent years, and has to be considered among the top contenders for a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics in August. As VOA’s Jim Stevenson reports, Clay not only has a mission to win, he also is working hard to show that performance-enhancing drugs are not needed to succeed.

Bryan Clay says his main objective as an elite athlete is to be a positive role model. “Nobody ever gets put into the spotlight for doing it the right way, or doing it clean and living the types of lifestyles that are not only good for the sport, but good for young kids to look up to,” he said.

The 28-year-old Clay is married with two children, and says he would never want his kids to feel the disgrace of a doping scandal. Instead, he has trained tirelessly to be the best in the decathlon, a grueling series of 10 athletics events. The winner is recognized as the best all-around athlete in the world.

Clay’s path to the decathlon was not planned. In fact, he says he was not always a good role model. “I was not the best kid growing up. My mom said I could either swim or run track and field. And I did not want to wear a speedo, so I chose track. And the joke is, of course, that I run around the track in spandex anyway, so it would not have made a difference,” he said.

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