GLENDORA, Calif. (CBS) Michael Phelps did something that no other Olympian has done by winning 8 gold medals in a single Olympics.
This year in London, Glendora’s Bryan Clay will attempt to do something that no other athlete has done in the history of the Olympics.
This ‘regular’ man will try to earn his third Olympic medal in the sports world’s toughest competition, the decathlon.
“I’m just a regular guy,” Clay told he told the LA Times. “I still have to take out the trash, I’m still changing air-condition filters and light bulbs and changing the oil in cars and doing all that kind of stuff.”
Clay won silver in Athens 2004, gold in Beijing 2008 and is now the favorite to win gold at London.
Michael Phelps did hog all the media attention in Beijing by his remarkable accomplishment, but this year, Clay may get the world’s attention by winning the top prize.
Clay, 32, still trains nearby his home in Glendora at his alma mater Azusa Pacific University, a Christian School known for its liberal arts.
Clay says three priorities keep him focused on his road to victory: God first, family second and track third.
He also told the Times: “For me trying to win this third medal, what I think is so special about it is that it tells you that you’ve been the best or one of the best in the world for a 12-year period. That’s a long, long time. As I’ve found out over these last few months and few years, for it to happen once with everything happening the way it’s supposed to happen, is pretty phenomenal. For it to happen twice is like unheard of. And now to have a chance and possibly have it happen three times, I think it’s once in a lifetime.”
Clay, representing Asics, is currently competing at the U.S Olympic trials at Hayward Field in Oregon and is in third place with 1897 points. The top three finishers will represent the U.S. in London.