Caitlyn Jenner has appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated 40 years after she first did so following her decathlon win at the 1976 Olympic Games.
Jenner was first featured on the SI cover of the August 1976 issue after winning Olympic gold, but the former athlete has had a complicated relationship with the medal ever since.
“Here it is,” Jenner said when she located the medal for the cover shoot. “In my nail drawer. That’s what you can say: It was in the nail drawer.”
In the new Sports Illustrated interview, Jenner said she felt disgusted by her masculine body at the time of her Olympic triumph as Bruce Jenner the 26-year-old male athlete.
Acting macho was a way of convincing herself that she was not a woman, Jenner added.
“Sports. It’s not real life,” she said. “You go out there, you work hard, you train your ass off, win the Games.
“And it’s not like I just want to throw it out. It’s part of who I am. What I’m dealing with now, this is about who you are as a human being,” she said.
“What did I do for the world in 1976, besides maybe getting a few people to exercise a little bit? I didn’t make a difference in the world.”