Celebrity with a net worth in excess of $100 million is former Olympic gold winner Bruce Jenner, better known as Caitlyn Jenner. Jenner first came out as transgender in 2005 and then went through the process of transitioning into a woman. In addition to her reputation as an Olympian, Jenner became the world’s most well-known trans woman once she came out.
Childhood of Bruce Jenner
Caitlyn Jenner was born William Bruce Jenner, and her gender was designated at birth. She was born on October 28th, 1948, to a New York City family in Mount Kisco. When Jenner was a youngster, he was diagnosed with dyslexia and finished high school in 1968. Graceland College offered Jenner a football scholarship, but she was forced to retire from the sport after sustaining a career-ending knee injury during her freshman year.
According to a track coach at Graceland, Jenner decided to convert from sprints to the decathlon in order to keep active in athletics. With this decision came the beginning of an Olympian career that has been nothing but spectacular. Jenner earned a degree in Physical Education from Graceland College after participating in one professional Decathalon event.
Bruce Jenner as an Olympic Athlete
Following the 1972 Summer Olympics, Jenner wanted to participate in the United States Olympic Trials in order to qualify for the Games. After a quick final lap – 22 seconds faster than the next closest competitor – he gained notoriety. Tenth-place result in the Munich Olympics earned him a spot on the Olympic squad.
Bruce Jenner started an intense training routine after being inspired by Soviet state-sponsored athletes who were able to train full-time without having to worry about earning a living. Training full-time was not usual in those days until professional American athletes participated in the Olympics. In night, Jenner worked as an insurance agent and trained at San Jose during the day.
In 1974, Jenner won the men’s decathlon champion in the United States and also set world records in the American Olympic trials. In Montreal in 1976, Jenner wowed the crowds with a breathtaking performance. Jenner cited the difficulty of training as the reason for his decision to retire from competition. In 2018, Jenner was still the world’s 26th-best decathlete.
Before and After the Olympic Games
Jenner had big plans for his newfound fame when he returned to the United States after winning the gold medal. Following in the footsteps of former athletes who went on to become actors or television personalities, he set his sights on the entertainment industry in search of a second career. For example, Sports Illustrated, Gentleman’s Quarterly and Playgirl featured him. Bruce Jenner became the face of Wheaties cereal as a result of these sponsorships.
Career as an Actor
Afterwards, Bruce Jenner appeared in a variety of television movies and shows, including The Golden Moment: An Olympic Love Story, CHiPs, and the comedy Silver Spoons. He has appeared in a number of reality television programs and game shows, in addition to his acting career.
I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, Skating With Celebrities, Pet Star, and Apprentice were among the shows. Keeping Up with the Kardashians has made Caitlyn Jenner a household name in the public eye.
After winning the 1986 12 Hours of Sebring, Jenner also had a brief racing career. She also started a franchise of aerobics facilities under her name, which she later sold to another company. Jenner founded Jenner Aviation, a firm that distributes aeroplane parts and equipment to other businesses. Jenner also worked as the vice president of a software business that developed an app called JennerNet before he retired. As a result, Jenner became the face of H&M Sports.
In 1972, Bruce Jenner married Chrystie Scott, the first woman he ever married. Before getting divorced in 1981, they had two children together. Linda Thompson, Jenner’s second wife, gave birth to two children, one of whom, reality star Brody Jenner, is now an adult. Divorce was finalised after five years. Kris Jenner was Jenner’s second wife, whom she married in 1991. Aside from Kylie and Kendall, who would go on to become household names, the couple also produced two sons. Kris Jenner filed for divorce from Bruce Jenner in 2014, alleging an inability to come to terms.
Bruce Jenner Changing the Gender
Prior to 2015, she had a long and interesting career. However, her coming out as transexual as a public figure was a turning point. After meeting Kris Jenner, she ended her cross-dressing and hormone therapy procedures. She maintained her transformation into a lady after divorcing Kris. She had sex reassignment surgery in 2017. Caitlyn is now a woman, but she is asexual and refuses to be attracted to males. Waiting until her children were grown before becoming a woman helped Caitlyn lessen the psychological impact on them.
It was applauded, derided and attacked by many groups for Caitlyn’s gender change. Because of this, her decision to become transgender has been widely applauded in the LGBTQ community. In addition, she was often parodied by numerous stand-up comics and television shows, including South Park.
Views on Politics
When it comes to politics, Jenner is a conservative who practises Christianity, even though she is a transgender woman. Voting for Trump in the 2016 elections was considered more as a rejection of Hillary Clinton than a true support for Trump by her fellow republicans.
She subsequently criticised Trump’s decision to exclude transgender people from serving in the military and admitted that she had voted for Trump in the first place. A common complaint among members of the LGBTQ community is that Trump deceived them throughout the campaign.