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Caitlyn Jenner recalls winning Olympic gold medal and breaking decathlon world record in 1976

Caitlyn Jenner recalls winning Olympic gold medal and breaking decathlon world record in 1976


Transgender trailblazer Caitlyn Jenner discussed the time she won the first of two Olympic gold medals and breaking the decathlon world record back in 1976.

In a 14-minute vlog posted Monday, the 71-year-old retired decathlete recalled the time she was selling life insurance and living in a $145/month one-bedroom apartment.

‘”Is winning the Games the most important thing in my life?”‘ Caitlyn questioned herself at the time. 

Commitment: Transgender trailblazer Caitlyn Jenner discussed the time she won the first of two Olympic gold medals and breaking the decathlon world record back in 1976

Commitment: Transgender trailblazer Caitlyn Jenner discussed the time she won the first of two Olympic gold medals and breaking the decathlon world record back in 1976

‘To answer that question yes, I had to dig real deep into my soul. I have to have enough confidence in myself as a human being that I can overcome failure. I’m smart enough. I got family structure. I’ve got all these things in my life. 

‘If I go to Montreal in a year and fail, I will survive. I will go on with life. Life will be good, okay? But what I have to do today is not be worried about losing, but prepare myself to win.’

While training 6-9 hours a day 365 days a year, Jenner would think about her Soviet Union rival Mykola Avilov who was the current world record holder.

‘I got my hands on the starting line of that first event and I was so committed – mind, body, and soul – to winning. [I] went out, scored, 8,534 points, broke the world record for my first time, beat Avilov, beat his world record right in front of him,’ the motivational speaker – who commands $2,500 for a Cameo – boasted.

'Is winning the Games the most important thing in my life?' In a 14-minute vlog posted Monday, the 71-year-old retired decathlete recalled the time she was selling life insurance and living in a $145/month one-bedroom apartment

‘Is winning the Games the most important thing in my life?’ In a 14-minute vlog posted Monday, the 71-year-old retired decathlete recalled the time she was selling life insurance and living in a $145/month one-bedroom apartment

'I had to dig real deep into my soul': While training 6-9 hours a day 365 days a year, Jenner would think about her Soviet Union rival Mykola Avilov (L) who was the current world record holder (pictured in 1976)

‘I had to dig real deep into my soul’: While training 6-9 hours a day 365 days a year, Jenner would think about her Soviet Union rival Mykola Avilov (L) who was the current world record holder (pictured in 1976)

The motivational speaker - who commands $2,500 for a Cameo - boasted: 'I was so committed - mind, body, and soul - to winning. [I] went out, scored, 8,534 points, broke the world record for my first time, beat Avilov (R), beat his world record right in front of him'

The motivational speaker – who commands $2,500 for a Cameo – boasted: ‘I was so committed – mind, body, and soul – to winning. [I] went out, scored, 8,534 points, broke the world record for my first time, beat Avilov (R), beat his world record right in front of him’

Caitlyn continued: 'But I realized right then about commitment and how far we have to be committed to what we're trying to do...It has to be our life. And from that point on, it was. I broke the world record two more times the next year, went on to win the games. And never once thought about failure, because I was totally committed to winning'

Caitlyn continued: ‘But I realized right then about commitment and how far we have to be committed to what we’re trying to do…It has to be our life. And from that point on, it was. I broke the world record two more times the next year, went on to win the games. And never once thought about failure, because I was totally committed to winning’

‘But I realized right then about commitment and how far we have to be committed to what we’re trying to do. We think we’re committed. We’re doing the work every day and this and that but down in our soul where that champion lives, we have to be totally committed. It has to be our life. 

‘And from that point on, it was. I broke the world record two more times the next year, went on to win the games. And never once thought about failure, because I was totally committed to winning.’

Caitlyn’s vlog came after producer Eliot Goldberg revealed that she – then Bruce – was the real reason the E! Network originally agreed to air Keeping Up with the Kardashians in 2007.

‘Bruce Jenner was the big thing,’ Goldberg said in Cathy Griffin and Dylan Howard’s tell-all Dirty Sexy Money: The Unauthorized Biography of Kris Jenner, which hits shelves January 5.

Setting the record straight: Jenner's vlog came after producer Eliot Goldberg (pictured on March 28) revealed that she - then Bruce - was the real reason the E! Network originally agreed to air Keeping Up with the Kardashians in 2007

Setting the record straight: Jenner’s vlog came after producer Eliot Goldberg (pictured on March 28) revealed that she – then Bruce – was the real reason the E! Network originally agreed to air Keeping Up with the Kardashians in 2007

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Goldberg said in the new tell-all Dirty Sexy Money: 'Bruce Jenner was the big thing. He was the Olympic athlete. The Kardashians were known because of O.J. Simpson. The Kardashian sisters had been making the rounds about the store, so they were on E!'s radar. There was a little bubbling about the [sex] tape, but...nobody really knew who Kim Kardashian was'

Goldberg said in the new tell-all Dirty Sexy Money: ‘Bruce Jenner was the big thing. He was the Olympic athlete. The Kardashians were known because of O.J. Simpson. The Kardashian sisters had been making the rounds about the store, so they were on E!’s radar. There was a little bubbling about the [sex] tape, but…nobody really knew who Kim Kardashian was’

Not 100% committed: In fact, it was the 6ft2in athlete's third wife Kris (2-L) who 'pressured her and eldest daughter Kourtney (2-R) to take part in the reality series' despite their reluctance

Not 100% committed: In fact, it was the 6ft2in athlete’s third wife Kris (2-L) who ‘pressured her and eldest daughter Kourtney (2-R) to take part in the reality series’ despite their reluctance 

‘He was the Olympic athlete. The Kardashians were known because of O.J. Simpson. The Kardashian sisters had been making the rounds about the store, so they were on E!’s radar. There was a little bubbling about the [sex] tape, but…nobody really knew who Kim Kardashian was.’

In fact, it was Jenner’s third wife Kris who ‘pressured her and eldest daughter Kourtney to take part in the reality series’ despite their reluctance.

Last Friday, the Kardashian-Jenner clan finished filming the 20th (and final) season of KUWTK, and their new multi-year global content deal with Hulu/Star starts streaming in late 2021.

The 6ft2in athlete next portrays Heather – a ‘transgender white trash woman who sells perfume at the counter at Macy’s’ – in the half-hour scripted comedy pilot, Duke of The Valley.

Streaming in late 2021! Last Friday, the Kardashian-Jenner clan finished filming the 20th (and final) season of KUWTK, and they signed a new multi-year global content deal with Hulu/Star

Streaming in late 2021! Last Friday, the Kardashian-Jenner clan finished filming the 20th (and final) season of KUWTK, and they signed a new multi-year global content deal with Hulu/Star

Not picked up yet: Caitlyn next portrays Heather - a 'transgender white trash woman who sells perfume at the counter at Macy's' - in the half-hour scripted comedy pilot, Duke of The Valley

Not picked up yet: Caitlyn next portrays Heather – a ‘transgender white trash woman who sells perfume at the counter at Macy’s’ – in the half-hour scripted comedy pilot, Duke of The Valley 





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