Bruce Jenner

Bruce Jenner was born in Mount Kisco, New York on October 28, 1949. Growing up Bruce had dyslexia and struggled in school so he turned to athletics. He ran track and field and his coach encouraged him to train for the Olympics.

In 1972, at the Summer Olympics in Germany, Jenner placed third at the trials and tenth at the Games. Then in 1976, Jenner ran in the Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, and Canada. In Montreal, he won a gold medal and set a world record with 8,634 points in the decathlon.

A peer handed Bruce the American flag after his victory and he then ran a lap around the track waving the flag proudly. This gesture has been repeated at the Olympic Games since then.

Years after his success, Bruce remained in the public eye. He was a guest star on many TV shows, had endorsements, and was put on the front of the Wheaties cereal box. He then became a reality star on the show Keeping Up With the Kardashians. This is a show about the lives of the Kardashians, Bruce’s step children and his ex-wife Kris Jenner.

Many years later in 2013, Bruce and Kris separated and a couple years after that he revealed that he was going to have a gender transition. He claimed he always struggled with his identity and it was time for him to be his true self.

“I’m so happy after such a long struggle to be living my true self. Welcome to the World Caitlyn. Can’t wait for you to get to know her/me,” Caitlyn, Bruce’s new, female name, tweeted.

Caitlyn was supported by her family through this hard time and she lives on being happy with her decision to make the change.

Bruce Jenner
image from chrismartinwrites.com

Info from Biography website and Twitter

 

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