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Caitlyn Marie Jenner (born William Bruce Jenner; October 28, 1949) is an American television personality and retired Olympic gold medal–winning decathlete.Jenner played college football for the Graceland Yellowjackets before incurring a knee injury that required surgery.Her new name was publicly announced in July of that year, with her name and gender being legally changed the following September. Needing to make up a 19-second gap on Gough in the men's 1500 metres, Jenner qualified for the Olympic team by running a fast final lap, finishing 22 seconds ahead of the other runners.This prompted the Eugene Register-Guard to ask: "Who's Jenner?On the other hand, Soviet athletes were state-sponsored, which gave them a certain advantage over amateur American athletes.At the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Jenner achieved five personal bests on the first day of the men's decathlon – a "home run" – despite being in second place behind Guido Kratschmer of West Germany." By watching Soviet Mykola Avilov win the event, Jenner was inspired to start an intense training regimen.
Assigned male at birth, Caitlyn Jenner publicly came out as a trans woman in April 2015. Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon, Jenner was in fifth place in the men's decathlon, behind Steve Gough and Andrew Pettes, with only the last event remaining.In 1985, Jenner's Olympic decathlon score was reevaluated against the IAAF's updated decathlon scoring table and was reported as 8,634 for comparative purposes.This converted mark stood as the American record until 1991, when it was surpassed by eventual gold medalist, and world record holder, Dan O'Brien of Dan & Dave fame.Jenner became an American hero by returning the decathlon title to the United States."After the Games were over," Jenner said, "I happened to be the right guy, at that right place, at that right time." Tony Kornheiser of The New York Times wrote: "Jenner is twirling the nation like a baton.