Track and field athlete Bryan Clay is known for his determination, dedicated work ethic, strong faith, and passion for giving back. During his time at Azusa Pacific University, he received 23 All-American honors and helped his team sweep the 2002 NAIA indoor and outdoor track and field titles. His exceptional skill and hard work took him to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, where he captured the silver medal, followed by winning the decathlon at the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki. Clay posted his third U.S. championship at the 2008 Olympic Trials and went on to the Beijing Games, where he won the gold medal and title of World’s Greatest Athlete. For his efforts on and off the track, he has been recognized with numerous awards, including the 2008 Jesse Owens Award, the 2009 Jim Thorpe All-Around Award, and the 2011 Humanitarian of the Year Award.
Born in Austin, Texas, Clay grew up in Kaneohe, Hawaii, before leaving for Azusa Pacific, where he graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor’s of Social Work. He now lives in Glendora, California, with his wife, Sarah, and their three children. Clay is an entrepreneur, a recognized motivational speaker, and works with Azusa Pacific University as a brand ambassador and assistant track coach.
Sarah grew up in Seattle, Washington, where she attended King's, a private Christian school. After graduating, she attended Azusa Pacific University in Southern California.
At APU, she completed a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and a Master of Arts in Education, going on to pursue a career in teaching.
Following her marriage to Bryan, and the birth of their first child, Sarah was privileged to be able to stay home to care for their growing family.
Bryan shares, "Sarah was a constant source of steadfast strength and peace throughout the stress, uncertainty, heartbreak and joy of three Olympic Games." Bryan's success, on and off the track, and their success as a family was possible because of Sarah's faithful commitment to managing the family and her unconditional love for him regardless of a win or a loss.
Currently, Sarah spends her time keeping up with Bryan's busy schedule, and chasing after their three kids, a dog, a pig, a rabbit, and four chickens. She also runs a home business, and speaks for women's groups in churches around the country.
Sarah and Bryan recently celebrated 12 years of marriage.