Caitlyn Jenner

Active - 1980 - 2018  |   Born - Oct 28, 1949 in Mount Kisco, New York, United States  |  

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Biography by Stephanie Rowcotsky

A track star and an Olympic champion at the 1976 Olympics, the former Bruce Jenner parlayed athletic success into a career in media, working as a spokesperson and news correspondent and also working in movies for a brief spell. After some time away from the spotlight, Jenner was reintroduced to a new generation in 2007 as a participant in the E! Network reality program Keeping Up With the Kardashians. The program depicted candid events from the lives of Jenner's stepdaughters -- the biological children of third wife Kris Jenner and her first husband, the late attorney Robert Kardashian and eventually followed Jenner's own children with Kris - Kendall and Kylie.

In a 2015 episode of 20/20, after months of speculation, Jenner came out as a transgender woman and later made her debut as Caitlyn on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine, with plans to appear in her own reality show, I am Cait, on E!

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  • Was diagnosed with dyslexia as a child.
  • Competed in prep football, basketball and track; earned a college-football scholarship, but shifted focus to track after a knee injury.
  • Made decathlon debut at the 1970 Drake Relays, finishing sixth; placed 10th at first Olympics, the 1972 Munich Games.
  • Sold insurance part-time while training intensively for the 1976 Olympics.
  • Claimed gold in the decathlon at the 1976 Games in Montreal, setting a world record in points that would stand until 1980.
  • Was drafted by the NBA's Kansas City Kings in 1977, but never suited up for the team.
  • Appeared on the cover of Wheaties cereal boxes after winning gold; was inducted into the USA Track & Field Hall of Fame (1980) and the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame (1986).
  • Competed as an auto racer during the 1980s.
  • Has appeared on TV as a sports commentator, actor and reality cast member.
  • Supports the Special Olympics and foundations for dyslexia.
  • Made her debut as Caitlyn Jenner on the cover of Vanity Fair in June 2015.
  • Received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2015 ESPY Awards.