Olympics Preview: Bryan Clay, Decathlete

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Olympics Preview: Bryan Clay, Decathlete – Script
>>CLAY: My name is Bryan Clay, I do the decathlon,
I live currently in Glendor, California, but I like to call Hawaii my home.
Typical training day is anywhere from 6-7 hours a day. It starts at 7 am done by 230
or 3. We’ll run we’ll jump we’ll lift weights we’ll do piles we’ll throw things
I mean we do all kinds of crazy stuff and typically we try to get in as much as we can.
The training is definitely the hardest thing doing the decathlon. You’re putting your
body through hell at here on the track. You’re taking all these throws and running all the
miles and jumping.
I think the hardest thing is getting through the training without any injury or getting
sick without tearing your body down so much that you can’t compete.
I probably bring power and somewhat of speed to the table. Those are probably my strengths.
Endurance is not my cup of tea. We still are running a 5-minute mile or less, so it’s
not like we’re running slow. But I definitely think I bring more of the power or speed aspect
to my game, and that’s what helps me out in terms of winning.
Well I think when you look at me from the outside, and you see a guy that’s 5 10,
much shorter than rest of the people I’m competing against, in fact I think I’m the
smallest guy to ever win the decathlon gold medal. I think it would be easy for people
to sometimes not count me as one of the favorites or one of the people that should be expected
to win.
I told myself that I have to be that much stronger, that much fitter, because I’m
smaller and I have to make up for it and so that’s what I try to do.
It’s an unbelievable amount of focus that you have to have to do well in the decathlon.
I tell people imagine the focus it takes to hit a hole in one, and then do that ten times.
That’s what we’re having to do.
If I’m running the 100 and I can increase every step by 1/100 of a second, I’ll be
almost a half second faster by the end of the race. A half second can be the difference
between a gold medal and no medal.
What does it take to be the world’s greatest athlete? I guess the easy answer would be
you just have to win the decathlon at the Olympic games.
I don’t know there’s so much that goes in to what we do. There’s a mental aspect,
a spiritual aspect, an emotional aspect, a physical aspect and really you’ve got to
be well rounded on all fronts and be able to give 100% of yourself in all those areas
and take that energy and point it toward one goal.