Two-time silver and bronze Olympic medalist Will Claye is not only a world-class athlete.. He is a model, fashion maven, musician, and philanthropist. When the former NCAA champion isn’t preparing for his next meet, he devotes his time to his musical interests, designing for his ELEVATE men’s clothing line, and tending to charitable endeavors.
Claye reinforced his stronghold as one of the best triple jump and long jumpers in history by winning his second silver medal at the 2016 Rio Games. At the London Games in 2012, he earned a bronze medal in the long jump and a silver medal in the triple jump to become the first man since 1936 and first American since 1904 to obtain medal in both events. The Tucson, AZ. native of Sierra Leone-descent captured a gold medal in the triple jump at the 2012 World Indoor Games and a bronze medal in the triple jump at the 2011 World Championship Games, three months after turning pro.
Prior to these accolades, it was, already, evident that he would have a thriving career in track and field after he won an Arizona state championship in the triple jump during his sophomore year at Mountain Pointe High (Phoenix, AZ.). He went on to compete for the University of Oklahoma and on his 18th birthday, he set the national junior record in the triple jump to win the NCAA championship by leaping 56 feet, 4 inches. After Sooners coach, Jeremy Fischer, took another job, Claye transferred to the University of Florida where he set the NCAA Indoor Championship record by jumping 56 feet and 10 inches. Claye’s combination of charisma and charm reflect his versatile cross-cultural appeal.
He is a rare combination of talent and genuine humility, recognizing that he can use his status as a professional athlete to help others.