Sports Illustrated said Caitlyn Jenner‘s appearance on the cover for the July 4-11 issue is the first time she has worn the medal in public since she won the decathlon in the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games.
Going for the gold. Caitlyn Jenner stunned in a gold sequin jumpsuit with her Olympic gold medal on the cover of the latest issue of Sports Illustratedto celebrate the 40th anniversary of her iconic decathlon win at the 1976 Summer Olympic Games. The I Am Cait star opened up about the last four decades for the story — “Caitlyn Jenner As You Know Her Now, Bruce Jenner As You Never Knew Him Then.”
These days, Jenner, 66, keeps the medal in her nail drawer and doesn’t bring it out too often. “It was great for the kids at show-and-tell,” she told the magazine.
“The decathlon was the perfect distraction,” she said of her gender dysphoria at the time. “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.”