Thank You Britain Ambassador Bryan Clay

International Goodwill

U.S. track & field star and 2008 Olympic decathlon champion Bryan Clay led the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team in its efforts to say thank you and give back to the host country of the London 2012 Games by serving as ambassador of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee's 'Thank You Britain' program.

Bryan's role as ambassador began with the April 16 launch of 'Thank You Britain,' when he made a personal visit to a Kids Company facility in Brixton to meet some of the children and share his own story of overcoming adversity.

2008 Olympic gold medalist; 2004 Olympic silver medalist

Bryan Clay of the United States competes in the Discus Throw of the Men's Decathlon at the National Stadium on Day 14 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 22, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Getty Images)

Personal Specs

Hometown: Keneohe, Hawaii

Residence: Glendora, Calif.

School: Azusa Pacific University

Short List Performance

  • Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, gold medal
  • Athens 2004 Olympic Games, silver medal
  • 2008 Jesse Owens Award winner
  • 2005 World outdoor champion
  • Three-time U.S. outdoor champion (2008, 2005 and 2004)


Clay married his wife, Sarah, in 2004 and has three children. Since 2004, he has been hosting free track and field clinics for kids in Hawaii, and in October 2007, he held the first fundraising event for the Bryan Clay Foundation, which provides academic and athletic opportunities to underprivileged children on the island.

Did You Know…?

  • Clay works as an inspirational speaker and has made presentations for many corporations and organizations
  • He credits his mom for getting him started in track and field
  • He enjoys fishing and recently had the chance to fish for salmon in Scotland
  • Clay is one of seven U.S. Olympic and Paralympic champions who explored Great Britain in 2011 as a part of Team USA: Britain Bound, which is featured in a 20-episode video web series. On his trip he visited Scotland and participated in the Highland Games – competing in the caber toss and hammer throw while wearing the customary kilt
  • Bryan and his wife, Sarah, have three children – Jacob, Katherine, and Elizabeth


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Bryan Clay of the United States competes in the 1500m event of the Men's Decathlon
Photo by: Getty Images