Jenner in December 2015
|Born||William Bruce Jenner
October 28, 1949
Mount Kisco, New York, U.S.
|Residence||Malibu, California, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Graceland University|
|Net worth||US$100 million (2014 estimate)|
Keeping Up with the Kardashians
Chrystie Crownover (m. 1972; div. 1981)
|College team||Graceland Yellowjackets|
L. D. Weldon
Gamble, cheat, lie, and steal. Let me explain: Gamble for your best shot in life – dare to take risks. Cheat those who would have you be less than you are. Lie in the arms of those you love. And finally, steal every moment of happiness.
I used to play a lot of tennis and then, next thing you know, same thing with tennis. That banging on the knees, the jarring, twisting motion – I couldn't do it. All of a sudden, every time I played, my knee would swell up.
I have found that women have so much unleashed power that they don't really utilize because they don't have confidence in themselves about who they are and what they can do.
I have struggled with identity all my life. It's not like something that just happened last week.
It caused more problems as a young kid, because the simple process of perceiving words on a piece of paper was hard for me. Many people think dyslexic people see things backwards. They don't see things backwards.
Nobody has milked one performance better than me – and I'm damned proud of it.
Bruce always had to tell a lie. He was always living that lie. Caitlyn doesn't have any secrets.
I have 10 children. I've got my eighth grandchild in the oven with Kimberly. I have all these wonderful kids.
Our mission for younger people is to do our best to make exercise cool, hip – the thing to do.
I called Daley Thompson after the Games of '84, when he won. He'd had this phenomenal decathlon for nine events – and then he went out there and jogged the 1,500 meters and missed the world record by, like, three points.
If you want to call me names, make jokes and doubt my intentions, go ahead, because the reality is I can take it.
You don't go out and change your gender for a television show, O.K.? It ain't happening. I don't care who you are.
When the time comes for your brain to process the information, the second word comes up faster than the first one. So when it's in your head, all of a sudden, it comes out backwards and you think of the word backwards.
Living by myself out in Malibu has been really good. I kind of have my freedom; I've got a whole house to myself. The tough part comes when sometimes, you know, you get pretty lonely.
My wife Kris and I enjoy keeping an active lifestyle, so it's hard to imagine what it would be like if breathing problems kept me from participating in the activities I love to do. But that's exactly what happens to many people who develop COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Being the world's greatest athlete just does not get it done on the golf course.
If I wasn't dyslexic, I probably wouldn't have won the Games. If I had been a better reader, then that would have come easily, sports would have come easily… and I never would have realized that the way you get ahead in life is hard work.
If I were to compare the Olympic decathlon to fatherhood, I would say fatherhood is a lot tougher.
In the fifth grade I discovered something I could do better than the other kids. One day, the teacher set up a bunch of chairs, and she had everyone run to the chairs and back while she timed us. I had the fastest time in the whole school!
I have had two knee surgeries on my right knee: that was my jumping leg that I jumped off for years and years.
Trans people deserve something vital; they deserve your respect. From that respect comes a more compassionate community.
The 'Vanity Fair' article was interesting to do because it was the first time I ever really had the opportunity to be absolutely truthful with a reporter about every aspect of my life.
There is kind of an underground conservative movement in Hollywood, really.
Sometimes I feel so separated, you know? The Kardashians over here, the Jenners over here, little me in the middle. We've got to keep the family going.
Anti-inflammatories always seemed to work well for my joints, but the problem was you couldn't take them all the time.
I spent twelve years training for a career that was over in a week. Joe Namath spent one week training for a career that lasted twelve years.
So many people go through life, and they never deal with their own issues, no matter what the issues are – ours happen to be gender identity. But, how many people go through life and just waste an entire life 'cause they'd never deal with themselves to be who they are.
If you are dyslexic, your eyes work fine, your brain works fine, but there is a little short circuit in the wire that goes between the eye and the brain. Reading is not a fluid process.
I spent 12 years of my life, the last six years training six to eight hours a day, every day of my life. At the time, when I was 20 to 26, I could do things like that, and you're not going to notice it.
The biggest problem with dyslexic kids is not the perceptual problem, it is their perception of themselves. That was my biggest problem.
I'm so happy after such a long struggle to be living my true self. Welcome to the world, Caitlyn. Can't wait for you to get to know her/me.
It hurts every day when you practice hard, but when this decathlon is over, I got the rest of my life to recuperate. Who cares how bad it hurts?
I love the 1,500 meters. I knew that, if I had to do it to win, I'd run under 4:05. That means I could pick up 100 points, maybe even 150 points, on anybody in the world.
If I win the gold medal, I will be set for the rest of my life. The medal itself doesn't give you anything, but it makes you a marketable item. You take it and see what you can do.
I didn't only have a perceptual problem, I was also so nervous and so upset. The process just didn't work. I lost enthusiasm for school and I flunked second grade. The teachers said I was lazy.
It's important for people to recognize that they shouldn't ignore symptoms like shortness of breath or a cough that won't go away, because these may be signs of COPD.
You still think we can go out there, and we can all run the mile in four minutes, you know, your mind still thinks that, but then you go out and actually try to do it, it's kind of scary.
I have gotten more flak for being a conservative Republican than I have for being trans.
The Montreal Olympics were in July 1976, the bicentennial, at the height of patriotism.
If I had not been dyslexic, I wouldn't have needed sports. I would have been like every other kid. Instead, I found my one thing, and I was never going to let go of it. That little dyslexic kid is always in the back of your head.
I had really no sense of style. Everyone around me in my family had the sense of style – I learned as much as I possibly could.
'Esquire Magazine' just gave me 'Father of the Year'. I'll put it right up there with my gold medal. I survived; that's why they gave it to me.
The only thing I did is, I wore the same pair of socks in every decathlon I was ever in.
I learned that the only way you are going to get anywhere in life is to work hard at it. Whether you're a musician, a writer, an athlete or a businessman, there is no getting around it. If you do, you'll win – if you don't, you won't.
'Can't Stop the Music' has become a cult film. It's kind of shocking to me. People come up to me all the time and say, 'I just saw it!'
I have always actually been with and attracted to very strong women, and I think I've learned a lot from them.
Everybody wants to have a partner; everybody would love to have a family, and for trans people, sometimes that can be extraordinarily difficult to do.
What I went through in 1976, it's the same today: It's about all the pressure that you feel, the anxiety, the family, and everything that surrounds the Games, and then getting there knowing this is your big chance, and you're able to come through. It's such a satisfying thing.
If you're going to dedicate every second to winning the decathlon, what are you doing wasting your time in bed?
I'm just going to go live life. I'm going to go enjoy life. I have nothing left to hide. I am kind of a free person, a free soul.
I am not a spokesperson for the trans community, I am not. The media kind of projects me as being the spokesperson, but from my standpoint, I am not. I am a spokesperson for my story, and that's all I can tell.
Life wasn't easy growing up; it was frustrating. If I had been a better reader, then that would have come easily, sports would have come easily, everything would have come easily, and I never would have realized that the way you get ahead in life is hard work.
COPD includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Over time, it makes it harder and harder to breathe because less air is able to flow in and out of the lungs.
If you're asking your kids to exercise, then you better do it, too. Practice what you preach.
I'm just glad my gold medal's at home, because I'd hate to try to win another.
There's nothing more, nothing better in life to wake up in the morning, look at yourself in the mirror, and feel comfortable with yourself and who you are.
I was growing up in the 50's and 60's. Back then they didn't even know what dyslexia was.
I got into sports because that was a way to prove your masculinity. I was good at it.
I probably went all the way to junior high school before a school doctor told me that I was 'dyslexic.'
My greatest gift in life was being dyslexic. It made me special. It made me different. If I had not been dyslexic, I wouldn't have needed sports.
I always felt that my greatest asset was not my physical ability, it was my mental ability.
Fortunately, I have been very healthy all my life and very active all my life and have enjoyed an active lifestyle.
I don't have anything Olympic in our house – no pictures, none of that stuff. Consciously I do that. With 10 children, I don't want to hold that over their heads.
The truth is everybody does it from time to time. People dial telephone numbers and they get a wrong number only to find that they've read the last two digits backwards. Everybody does it, but dyslexics have this tendency to a higher degree.
I'm very laid back, easy. There's nothing better in life than seeing your kids do well.
That's the most important thing you do in your life – raise children and try to do the best job as a parent and give your kids the best shot in life to go out there into the big, bad world.
When you have a voice, and you have an opportunity at the world level to be able to speak, it has to be right.
I've been married to Kris for 21 years, and there have always been rocky times. And it's nothing special.
Some people look gender non-conforming because they want to look that way – they don't want to conform to society's expectations.
The next great decathlete is going to be a runner. I still feel that a Dan O'Brien, if he was a runner and not a sprinter, could have gone over 9,000 points.
Waving the flag at the 1976 Olympics wasn't my idea. It was too much apple pie and ice cream. Not that I don't love my country, but I felt it was my victory up there, I put all the time into it.
Honestly, since the Diane Sawyer piece, every day it's like, it's exciting to go to the mailbox… Because I get letters every day from all of these people from all over the world.
We have a rich tradition here in the United States of great decathletes, which is amazing 'cause we have absolutely no program to develop these guys. Zero. There's nothing. They do it on their own, just like I did back in '76.
Sexuality is who you are personally attracted to… But gender identity is who you are in your soul.
I had a lot of conversations with my family, my close friends, with my pastor, with God, and kind of came to a revelation that maybe I should be honest with myself about who I am and let that person – this woman who has lived inside me for my entire life – finally have an opportunity to live.
Decathletes have to train for every event: sprints one day, field events the next. You pump up to make yourself strong enough to throw? Try pole vaulting at 250 pounds. There are 32 guys in most decathlons, and they're in 32 little track meets.
My knee has always given me problems. But it got to the point where I actually had to start giving up things. And I hate that.