It’s been forty years since Bruce Jenner became a sports hero at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. In that time, Bruce has become Caitlyn and her feelings about her athletic past have changed quite a bit. That isn’t stopping of her from stepping onto the cover of Sports Illustrated for the 40th anniversary of her gold medal victory, explaining what her feelings were at the time, and how much has changed since then.
Jenner goes into detail about her transition to Caitlyn and her difficulty with her status as an Olympic champion, feeling “disgusted” with her athletic body and the perception it tossed out into society. The whole thing is such an issue, she keeps her medal hidden away, using this occasion to bring it out for good on the cover of the magazine:
The 66-year-old usually keeps the nationally prized medal in her nail drawer. “It was great for the kids at show-and-tell,” she told the magazine, adding that she has never actually displayed it. But by pulling it out for the cover, she hoped to bring additional attention to transgender-related issues.
“It’s a picture that brings attention to this issue,” Jenner said. “That’s the important thing. That’s why I wore the medal.”