Bright represented the US in the decathlon at the 1984 Olympics and the 1987 World Championships, and in the pole vault at the 1985 World University Games and the 1985 World Cup. He won the American national championships in decathlon in 1987. His personal best score was 8340 points, achieved in June 1987 in San Jose.
He also became American champion in pole vault in 1991 and 1992. His personal best jump was 5.82 metres, achieved in July 1990 in Nice.