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Wed, Aug 6th 2008, 09:11

Bryan Clay reveals why decathlon is sport of choice for Olympics

For Castle High alum Bryan Clay, it’s been a perfect storm leading up to this week’s Olympic games.

A gold at the World’s in March, and a new American record at last month’s Olympic trials.

Now he’s one of the favorites to bring home a gold.

For Bryan Clay, there’s a difference between being cocky, and being confident.

“I think that if I am healthy, and if I am competing well and in shape, I don’t think there’s anybody out there that can beat me,” said Clay. “I really don’t think so.”

At 5 feet 10 inches, Clay is considered a smaller decathlete. However, since an early age, he knew he had a gift — his speed.

“When I was a little kid I was always one of those rascal kids that runs around at school, and through that I found out that I had a little bit of a gift of being one of the faster kids in school, and then uh, now, here I am 20 years later and I’ve done what I’ve wanted to do.”

But why the decathlon? Why not utilize his speed in just the sprinting events? The decathlon is perhaps the most difficult disciplines at the Olympics. 10 events over the space of two days.

“I ask myself everyday, it’s one of those things, where I don’t know why I chose the decathlon, it’s one of those things where the decathlon kind of chose me.”

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