Ever since she won a gold medal at the 1976 Olympics, Caitlyn Jenner’s life has unfolded in the public eye. After retiring from her sporting career, for example, the former athlete ultimately moved into TV. And, of course, Jenner would go on to become a household name thanks to her appearances in the high-profile reality TV series, Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
Then, in 2015 Jenner made headlines in all kinds of media when she announced that she is a transgender woman. But times have changed, and of late the star has shied away from the spotlight for arguably surprising reasons.
Born in October 1949, Jenner first rose to fame at the Montreal Olympic Games. While participating at the games, the native of Westchester County, New York, won the decathlon. The Olympic event consists of ten separate track-and-field disciplines, and therefore the winner is unofficially regarded as the best all-round athlete in the world. In 1976, then, this honor was bestowed on a person the public knew as Bruce. But it would be almost 40 years after that when Jenner would reveal her true identity.
Indeed, in April 2015 Jenner revealed to Diane Sawyer in a television interview on 20/20 that she was actually transgender. The TV personality proudly declared, “For all intents and purposes, I’m a woman.” At the time, Jenner was starring on Keeping Up With the Kardashians with then-wife Kris, their children – Kendall and Kylie – and stepchildren – Kourtney, Kim, Khloé and Rob Kardashian. And on two dedicated episodes of the show broadcast in May that year, Jenner prepared all members of the family as to the public and private implications of her transition.