Forty years after her triumph at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Caitlyn Jenner is wearing her gold medal on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s Summer Double issue!
In the issue, Caitlyn compared her life today to her past as Bruce, saying, “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.”
She added about her former self, “I loved Bruce… I still love him today. I like what he did and the way he set an example for hard work and dedication. 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.”
Though Jenner downplayed her Olympic achievements, she was not shy about the importance of her SI cover. She shared, “It’s a picture that brings attention to this issue. That’s the important thing. That’s why I wore the medal.”
For more on Caitlyn, grab a copy of Sports Illustrated.