Bryan Clay: No Feet of Clay
Forget the overhyped Michael Phelps, the real strongman in the Beijing Olympics is American decathlon gold medalist Bryan Clay. A short visit to his website made me an instant fan. I particularly like the fact that he takes time to answer questions from his fans:
Q: Bryan, best of luck, all the Hapa Kepanis peeps worldwide are pulling for you. My query is how much of an Asian influence did your mom bring to your family, e.g. did you eat a lot of Japanese food and/or get exposed to Japanese culture?
A: Japanese culture and food were a huge part of my life growing up. My mother made sure I knew who I was and where I came from.
Q: Bryan, why did you choose Azusa Pacific an NAIA school over a NCAA Division I School? Azusa Pacific has an excellent reputation in the decathlon. Most people don’t realize some of our countries greatest decathletes have come out of the NAIA. GO FOR GOLD!
A: I chose APU because I felt it was the best combiation of academics, athletics, and atmosphere. All that stuff together has allowed me to be successful.
Q: Brian, what’s your typical Ipod playlist? I want to know what you listen to to motivate you when you are competing.
A: I usually have a mix of christian, country, r&b, and techno.
Congratulations, Bryan Clay. Anyone who’s got country music in his ipod playlist is fine by me.
Photo source: xinhua via beijing2008