Goldline Hosts Gold Medalists Including Bryan Clay '03

by Abigail E. Peck

In celebration of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, Metro Goldline is hosting several former Olympic gold medalists at stations throughout Los Angeles County during the two-week period of the games. On August 18, decathlete Bryan Clay '03 had the privilege of representing the Olympics and Azusa Pacific University at the APU/Citrus station. Clay greeted riders and took photos with fans.

Clay who graduated from APU with a Bachelor of Social Work degree, won a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics, earning the title of World’s Greatest Athlete. Clay is the 10th American to win the gold in the decathlon and the first since 1996. In the Athens Olympics, Clay won the silver medal achieving the fourth best score in Olympic Games history.

“I’m excited to partner with Metro Goldline as an Olympic ambassador, bringing the spirit of the games to my hometown,” said Clay. “It is especially fitting that the station sits across from my alma mater Azusa Pacific University where I trained for 14 years. APU was an intricate part of my maturity as a man as well as an athlete.”

In 2007, he launched the Bryan Clay Foundation, which provides academic and athletic scholarships to underprivileged student athletes.Today, Clay who coaches part time at APU, shares his story of redemption all over the world as a motivational speaker, husband, father, and ambassador of active, healthy living.

Abigail E. Peck '18 is a public relations intern in the Office of University Relations. She is a public relations major and leadership minor.