An astounding 40 years after winner the gold medal, Olympian Caitlyn Jenner covers the newest issue of Sports Illustrated magazine.
Check out what the 66-year-old now reality star shared with the mag about the honor below:
On the old Bruce: “I loved Bruce… I still love him today. I like what he did and the way he set an example for hard work and dedication. I’m proud of that part of my life. But this woman was living inside me, all my life, and it reached the point where I had to let her live and put Bruce inside. And I am happier, these last 12 months, than I’ve ever been in my life.”
On the contrast between her two lives: “Sports. It’s not real life. You go out there, you work hard, you train your ass off, win the Games. I’m very proud of that part of my life. And it’s not like I just want to throw it out. It’s part of who I am. What I’m dealing with now, this is about who you are as a human being. What did I do for the world in 1976, besides maybe getting a few people to exercise a little bit? I didn’t make a difference in the world.”
On how she viewed her body during the Olympics: “It disgusted me. I was big and thick and masculine. The rest of the world thought it was this Greek god kind of body. I hated it. But it’s what I was given, so I just tried to do the best I could with it.”
On why she chose to pose with the medal for this cover: “It’s a picture that brings attention to this issue. That’s the important thing. That’s why I wore the medal.”
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