June 28, 2016
Caitlyn Jenner makes her Sports Illustrated cover debut wearing the 1976 gold medal she won for the decathlon during the Montreal Olympic Games.
“Sports. It’s not real life,” Jenner told SI. “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.”
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) June 28, 2016
Jenner first appeared on the cover of SI as Bruce after the Olympic win nearly 40 years ago. The 66-year-old reality TV star announced her transition in April 2015 during a televised interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer. She later appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair introducing herself as Caitlyn.
Initial reports about her SI cover suggested she would appear nude, wearing only her gold medal. Instead she appears wearing a fashionable sparkly gold jumpsuit.
“I still love him today. I like what he did and the way he set an example for hard work and dedication,” Jenner says of Bruce. “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.”
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