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Bruce Jenner
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Bruce Jenner speaking at Kennedy Space Center, 2004.
Personal information
Nationality American
Date of birth 28 October 1949 (1949-10-28) (age 60)
Place of birth Mount Kisco, New York, U.S.
Residence Calabasas, California, U.S.
Height ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 194 pounds (88 kg) (1976)
Country  United States
Sport Track and Field
Event(s) Decathlon
College/university team Graceland College
Coached by Randy Trentman
Medal record
Men's Athletics
Competitor for the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold 1976 Montreal Decathlon
Pan American Games
Gold 1975 Mexico City Decathlon

William Bruce Jenner (born October 28, 1949) is a former U.S. track and field athlete, motivational speaker, socialite, and television personality, known principally for winning the gold medal for decathlon in the Montreal 1976 Summer Olympics.


Early life

Bruce Jenner is originally from Mount Kisco, New York. He attended Newtown High School in Newtown, Connecticut after spending a year at Sleepy Hollow High School in Sleepy Hollow, New York. Jenner earned a football scholarship and attended Graceland College (now Graceland University) in Iowa, but a knee injury forced him to stop playing football and switch to the decathlon. He was mentored by Graceland's track coach L.D. Weldon, who was the first to recognize Jenner's potential and encouraged him to pursue the decathlon. Jenner debuted in the decathlon at the Drake Relays in 1970- placing sixth.

Olympic career

Jenner placed third in the decathlon at the 1972 U.S. Olympic trials and finished in tenth place at the 1972 Munich games. His success prompted him to devote himself full-time to a grueling training regimen, which he openly acknowledged was supported and graciously subsidized by his then wife. During that period he spent 8 hours a day at the San Jose City College track. His presence in the San Jose area was part of what made San Jose a hotbed for training elite athletes in the era. In 1974 and 1976, he was the American champion in the event,[1].

He won a gold medal in the Decathlon at the 1976 Summer Olympics, setting a world record of 8,634 points. He was the 1976 recipient of the James E. Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in the United States. Jenner was also the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year in 1976. He was inducted into the Olympic Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame, the Connecticut Sports Hall of Fame in 1994 and the United States National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1980.

San Jose City College hosted the "Bruce Jenner Invitational" (frequently shortened to "Jenner") as a televised, annual stop on the United States Track and Field Circuit (a meet equivalent in stature to the Prefontaine Classic) for the better part of two decades. Records were set at the meet, with the Jenner frequently hosting the telecasts.[2]

Auto Racing Career

Bruce was a successful race car driver in the IMSA Series (International Motor Sports Association) in the 1980's. His first victory came in the 1986 12 hours of Sebring in the IMSA GTO class driving the 7-Eleven Roush Racing Ford Mustang with co-driver Scott Pruett, not only winning they'r class but finishing 4th overall in the 12 hour endurance race. His most successful year was also 1986 finishing second in the championship to team mate Scott Pruett. Some of the racing cars he has driven were: Porsche 935 Turbo, BMW M1 March GTX, Ford Probe GTP, Ford Mustang among others.


In that time, Olympic athletes were considered amateur and were absolutely not allowed to seek or accept payment for their position as a sports celebrity. In 1972, three Olympic titles (Basketball, 100 meters, and Decathlon), which many Americans considered to be their birthright, were won by Soviet athletes during the Cold War. Winning back the Decathlon title made Jenner an individual national hero. After his Olympic success, Jenner set out to cash in on his celebrity (requiring him to give up any future athletic endeavors). Quickly after the Olympics, Jenner appeared on the front of Wheaties brand breakfast cereal as a "Wheaties champion". Of several hundred athletes who have been so featured, Jenner is one of seven Wheaties spokesmen. He was invited to the White House to meet with President Gerald R. Ford, who autographed a political cartoon that featured the pair.

He starred in TV Movies "The Golden Moment: An Olympic Love Story" (1980) and "Grambling's White Tiger" (1981). Between 1981 and 1982 he became a semi-regular on CHiPs guest-starring as Officer Steve McLeish (substituting for star Erik Estrada when he was in a contract dispute with NBC / MGM) for a half-dozen episodes.

In 1980, Jenner starred in the film Can't Stop the Music. The disco-era comedy about the singing group The Village People was a flop, and Jenner never made another theatrical film.

His hero shot, the finish of the last event of 1976 Decathlon was parodied by John Belushi on Saturday Night Live endorsing donuts instead of Wheaties[3].

Jenner appeared with Grits Gresham in an episode of ABC's The American Sportsman. The program featured Gresham hunting, fishing, or shooting in exotic spots with celebrities. In the early 1990s he was the host of an infomercial for a stair-climbing exercise machine called the Stair Climber Plus.

Since 2002, Jenner has appeared as himself on a variety of game shows and reality TV programs. In January 2002 he participated in an episode of the American series of The Weakest Link featuring Olympic athletes. In February and March 2003, he was part of the cast of the American series of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, and made a cameo on a season three episode of The Apprentice that originally aired in May 2005. He was partnered with Tai Babilonia for Skating with Celebrities that aired January-March 2006 (they were eliminated during the fifth of seven episodes). Jenner has additionally served as a guest judge on Pet Star on Animal Planet, and appeared with his family on NBC's Celebrity Family Feud.

Television Success

Beginning in late 2007 [4], Jenner, along with wife Kris Jenner, stepdaughters Kim, Kourtney, Khloe and stepson Robert (from Kris' marriage to attorney Robert Kardashian), and daughters Kylie and Kendall, starred in the E! reality series Keeping Up with the Kardashians; season two had an average of 1.6 million viewers, an increase over the previous cycle, and the show was renewed for a third season.[5]

At the start of its fourth season in late 2009, Keeping Up with the Kardashians set ratings records. Its second episode earned a total of 4.2 million viewers[6] and is now the network's most-watched telecast to date, superseding the 2002 premiere of The Anna Nicole Show.

Additional television and talk show appearance by Jenner include the Nickelodeon's made-for-TV Gym Teacher: The Movie as well as episodes of Family Guy, Murder She Wrote and The Bonnie Hunt Show.[7]

Personal life

Jenner had at least two siblings; a younger sister Lisa, and younger brother Burt, who were killed in an auto accident in Canton, Connecticut shortly after Jenner's success in the Olympics.

His company, Bruce Jenner Aviation, sells aircraft supplies to executives and corporations.[8]

Jenner was the business development vice president for a staffing industry software application known as JennerNet, which was based on Lotus Domino technology.

Jenner was the marketing name for Bruce Jenner's Westwood Centers for Nautilus & Aerobics in the early 80's. Jenner had no ownership in the centers. The fitness centers were owned by David Cirotto and Chin Yi. The centers were sold to Super Fitness Centers, owned by martial arts expert Paul Snow. Chin Yi later became the founder of LA Fitness.

Jenner also was diagnosed with dyslexia as a young child—he appeared on the sitcom Silver Spoons where he revealed his condition to the Stratton family—and after retiring from sports, built a successful career as a motivational speaker and television sports commentator (making an appearance on the series Learn To Read).

His first marriage to Chrystie Crownover (15 December 1972 - 2 January 1980) produced two children, daughter Casey Jenner (b. June 10, 1980) and first son Burt Jenner (b. September 9, 1978).[9][10] His other sons, Brandon (b. June 4, 1981) and Brody born August 21, 1983 (with second wife Linda Thompson, to whom he was married from 1981 to their divorce in 1985) appeared in their own reality show The Princes of Malibu, which featured them living with their stepfather David Foster. Brody is also on the reality show The Hills.

Jenner is currently married to Kris (née Houghton, who was previously married to Robert Kardashian). He has two daughters with Kris named Kendall Nicole (b. November 3, 1995) and Kylie Kristen (b. August 10, 1997). He is also the stepfather of Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian and Rob Kardashian.

Jenner has had several plastic surgeries on his face. He has had repair done to his face to correct the previous surgeries, and it was aired on the reality show in which he and his family star, Keeping Up with the Kardashians.


Bruce Jenner at IMDB

In 2009 he became a grandfather to Francesca, his daughter Casey's first child.

External links

List of athletes on Wheaties boxes

Preceded by
Soviet Union Nikolay Avilov
Men's Decathlon World Record Holder
August 10, 1975 – May 15, 1980
Succeeded by
United Kingdom Daley Thompson
Preceded by
United States Fred Lynn
Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year
Succeeded by
United States Steve Cauthen
Preceded by
Tim Shaw
James E. Sullivan Award
Succeeded by
John Naber

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