Born October 28, 1949, William Bruce Jenner is an American athlete / media personality / author / businessman. The son of U.S. Army Olympic medalist Bill Jenner, Bruce would gain worldwide recognition for his gold medal performance at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal.
The second of 4 children, Jenner was diagnosed with dyslexia in junior high school. Having excelled in multiple sports as a youth, he would accept a football scholarship from Graceland College before an injury turned him to track and field. Having placed 10th at the 1972 Olympic decathlon, he set a world record and earned a gold medal in the 1976 Olympics.
A popular spokesman (Wheaties), motivational speaker and television personality, Jenner has appeared in film (Can’t Stop the Music, Original Intent) and books. He raced in the IMSA sports car series, finishing 2nd in the 1986 championship. The native New Yorker is also known for his multiple plastic surgeries, including partial facelift and rhinoplasty in 1984, corrective facelift in 2009 and laryngeal shave in 2014. In 2007, he appeared in the reality TV show Keeping Up with the Kardashians with third wife Kris (Kardashian) Jenner and stepchildren Kourtney, Kim, Khloe and Rob. In 2013, Bruce and Kris announced their separation.
Jenner has supported the Special Olympics, the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and dyslexia foundations.
“…for me sports became my little niche in life.”