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2009

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Bryan Clay ’03

Originally born in Austin, Texas, Clay moved to Hawai’i at age five and began running track at Castle High School, where he graduated in 1998. Encouraged to try the decathlon by then coach and 2000 Olympic Games decathlon bronze medalist Chris Huffins, Clay continued on to APU where he trained with his current coach Kevin Reid. Bryan graduated from APU in 2003 with a Bachelor of Social Work degree.

The following year, he won the silver medal at the 2004 Olympics, achieving the fourth best score in Olympic Games history. In 2007, he launched the Bryan Clay Foundation, which provides academic and athletic scholarships to underprivileged student athletes.

This summer in Beijing, Bryan won his first gold medal, earning the title of world’s greatest athlete. Bryan is the tenth American to win the gold in the decathlon and the first since 1996.

  • 2008 Olympic gold medalist
  • 2004 Olympic silver medalist
  • 2005 world champion
  • 3-time U.S. champion
  • Personal best 8,832 points at 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials

Julie Swail Ertel ’99

Born and raised in Southern California, Ertel began swimming competitively at age 6, and joined the boys’ water polo team during her junior year of high school. After graduating, Ertel continued on to UCSD, where she spent all four years competing on the water polo team as an All American. After joining the U.S. team in 1993, and while balancing a busy schedule, she earned her master’s degree in education from APU in 1999.

From there, Ertel went on to compete in the 2000 Olympics as a part of the U.S. women’s water polo team. In 2001, she began a new sport—the triathlon. Just three years later, she went professional and served as an alternate at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. In 2007, she became the 2007 Pan Am Games gold medalist, as well as the 2007 USAT Elite national champion in the triathlon.

  • 19th place, 2008 Olympic Games, Beijing
  • 2008 Olympic Trials champion
  • 2005, 2007, and 2008 Haul to the Great Wall Series champion
  • 2000 Olympic silver medalist, water polo

Entertainment

Day of Fire

Not long ago, Josh Brown was the front man for Full Devil Jacket, one of the hottest post-grunge, hard rock bands in America. They had it all: sold-out concerts, rabid fans, appearances with Stone Temple Pilots, P.O.D., Papa Roach, Incubus, Nickelback, and a high-profile set at Woodstock ’99 that launched them on to tours with Chevelle, Type O Negative, Slipknot, Fuel, and Creed. But it came at a price, which Brown paid out with addictions and a heart drained of hope.

Those days ended when Brown found peace with God. He was compelled to walk away from everything that controlled his life—fame, money, and addiction—and he resolved to share his experience. Brown joined with Gregg Hionis, a friend back in his hometown of Jackson, Tennessee, to record Day of Fire in 2004. All of the energy that he once poured into songs of despair exploded into songs of freedom through Day of Fire’s first album. Ambitious musical visions, built to fit the power of the message, turned Day of Fire into an unforgettable, Grammy-nominated, Dove Award-winning debut.

In the ensuing time since the debut album’s release, the band’s faith deepened with greater understanding. Along with this understanding, the ambition of the band evolved as well. With a new resolve, Brown, Hionis, guitarist Joe Pangallo, his brother Chris Pangallo on bass, and drummer Zach Simms set out to create aggressive rock music with an uncompromising message.

The Game Squad

This 40-foot gaming trailer is a multi-player videogame party! Up to 16 players can play together or against each other. For more information, visit www.thegamesquad.com and get ready to join the fun!