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Encyclopedia > Bruce Jenner
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William Bruce Jenner (born October 28, 1949 in Mount Kisco, New York) is a U.S. track athlete, known principally for winning the decathlon in the 1976 Summer Olympics. A womens 400m hurdles race on a typical outdoor red rubber track. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The five Olympic rings were designed in 1913, adopted in 1914 and debuted at the Games at Antwerp, 1920. ... The 1976 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXI Olympiad, were held in 1976 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... Decathlon is an athletic event combining 10 track and field events. ... is the 301st day of the year (302nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Mount Kisco (often spelled Mt. ... Motto: (traditional) In God We Trust (official, 1956–present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City Official language(s) None at the federal level; English de facto Government Federal Republic  - President George W. Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence - Declared - Recognized... Decathlon is an athletic event combining 10 track and field events. ... The 1976 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXI Olympiad, were held in 1976 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ...


An excellent high school athlete, Bruce Jenner attended Newtown High School in Newtown, Connecticut, transferring from Sleepy Hollow High School in Tarrytown, New York. (Years later, the stadium there was to be named after him, but following an argument between the school and Jenner concerning the high school's construction project that was to displace an ancient Indian burial mound, the stadium is now called Blue and Gold Stadium.) Jenner earned a football scholarship and attended Graceland College (now Graceland University), 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 decathlon. Jenner debuted in the decathlon at the Drake Relays in 1970, placing sixth. Newtown is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Graceland University is a private liberal arts university of about 2300 students and 150 faculty with campuses in Lamoni, Iowa and Independence, Missouri. ... Decathlon is an athletic event combining 10 track and field events. ... The Drake Relays is an annual outdoor track and field event held in Des Moines, Iowa, United States, on the campus of Drake University. ...

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Olympic career

Jenner placed third in the 1972 U.S. Olympic trials and finished in an impressive tenth place at the 1972 Munich games. He became an American champion in the event and won a gold medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics, setting a world and Olympic record of 8,634 points. Jenner was handed a large American flag from a bystander in the audience as he spontaneously ran a celebratory victory lap, a gesture that has been emulated frequently since that time by athletes in other sports from countries around the world. He was the 1976 recipient of the James E. Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in the United States and was considered by many at the time to have earned the right to be known as the world's greatest athlete. He was also a Sullivan Award Winner and 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 Hall of Fame and Connecticut Sports Hall of Fame in 1994. The 1976 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXI Olympiad, were held in 1976 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... The AAU James E. Sullivan Award is awarded annually by the Amateur Athletic Union to the outstanding amateur athlete in the United States. ...


Jenner's 1976 Olympic Scores: 100 meter=10.94 seconds,Long Jump=23'8 3/4",Shot Put=50'4" 400 meters=47.51 seconds,100 meter hurdles 14.8 seconds,Discus Throw=165'10",Pole Vault=15'9" Javelin=225',1500 meter=4 mins 12.6 seconds


Other appearances

Following his Olympic success, 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. Early Wheaties Cereal Box Wheaties, a wheat and bran mixture baked into flakes, is a breakfast cereal introduced in 1924 and marketed by the General Mills cereal company of Golden Valley, Minnesota. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr. ...


In 1980, Jenner made his acting debut in the film Can't Stop the Music. The disco-era comedy about the singing group The Village People was a notorious flop, though, and Jenner never made another theatrical film. However, he did appear in a few TV movies. He also guest-starred in a handful of episodes of the 80s TV police drama CHiPs as Officer Steve McLeish (subsitituting for star Erik Estrada when he was in a contract dispute with the studio) and was on the only season of the American version of I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here. Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... See Cant Stop the Music (album) for the soundtrack album of the movie or Cant Stop The Music (song) for the title song. ... This article is about the music genre. ... Village People were a disco band of the late 1970s. ... CHiPs is an American television series produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios that aired on NBC from September 15, 1977 to July 17, 1983. ... Erik Estrada at DragonCon 07 in Atlanta, GA Erik Estrada (born March 16, 1949 in East Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States) is an American actor of Puerto Rican descent, known for his co-starring lead role in the 1977–1983 US television series CHiPs. ... Im a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! is a reality television show in which minor celebrities live in jungle conditions with few creature comforts. ...


Personal life

Jenner is widely known to have struggled with dyslexia -- 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). In 2006, Jenner competed on the FOX reality show Skating with Celebrities, partnered with former U.S. and World Champion pairs figure skater Tai Babilonia; they finished third out of six couples. This article is about developmental dyslexia. ... Silver Spoons was a sitcom that aired on NBC from September 25, 1982 to May 11, 1986 and in first-run syndication from September 15, 1986 to March 4, 1987. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Fox Broadcasting Company, usually referred to as just Fox (the company itself prefers the capitalized version FOX), is a television network in the United States. ... Reality television is a genre of television programming in which the fortunes of real life people (as opposed to fictional characters played by actors) are followed. ... Skating with Celebrities is a reality show on the FOX network that began airing on January 18, 2006. ... Tai Reina Babilonia (born 1960) is a U.S. figure skater, the partner of Randy Gardner. ...


His first marriage to Chrystie Crownover (1972 to 1980) produced two children, Casey Jenner and Burt Jenner. His sons (with second wife Linda Thompson, to whom he was married from 1981 to 1983) Brandon and Brody appeared in their own reality show The Princes of Malibu, which featured them living with their stepfather David Foster. His stepdaughter Kourtney Kardashian likewise appeared on the E! network's reality series Filthy Rich: Cattle Drive. Jenner is currently married to the former Kris Kardashian. Linda Diane Thompson (born May 23, 1950, in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American actress and songwriter. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Brody Jenner (born August 21, 1983), a reality television celebrity and model, is the younger son of Olympic decathlon champion Bruce Jenner and actress Linda Thompson. ... The Princes of Malibu was an American reality show that aired on the Fox Network during the summer of 2005. ... For other persons named David Foster, see David Foster (disambiguation). ... E!: Entertainment Television is an American cable television and direct broadcast satellite network. ...


In 2007 Bruce, along with Kris, stepdaughters Kim,Kourtney, Khloe and stepson Robert (from Kris' marriage to late attorney Robert Kardashian), and daughters Kylie and Kendall, starred in the E! reality series Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Kimberly Noel Kardashian (born October 21, 1980 in Los Angeles, California) is one of the three daughters of lawyer Robert Kardashian. ... Robert Kardashian Robert Kardashian (February 22, 1944 – September 30, 2003) was a defense lawyer in the trial of O.J. Simpson. ... E!: Entertainment Television is an American cable television and direct broadcast satellite network. ... Keeping Up With The Kardashians is an American reality-based television series that debuted on E! on October 14, 2007. ...


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See also

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Records
Preceded by
Flag of the Soviet Union Nikolay Avilov
Men's Decathlon World Record Holder
August 10, 1975May 15, 1980
Succeeded by
Flag of the United Kingdom Daley Thompson
Awards
Preceded by
Flag of the United States Fred Lynn
Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year
1976
Succeeded by
Flag of the United States Steve Cauthen
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Flag of Poland Ryszard Skowronek
Best Year Performance
19751976
Succeeded by
Flag of the Soviet Union Aleksandr Grebenyuk

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Bruce Jenner - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (338 words)
William Bruce Jenner (born October 28, 1949 in Mount Kisco, New York) is a U.S. track athlete.
An excellent high school athlete, Bruce Jenner earned a football scholarship and attended Graceland College (now Graceland University), but a knee injury forced him to stop playing football and switch to the decathlon.
Bruce Jenner attended Newtown High School in Newtown, Connecticut.
Bruce Jenner       Capitol City Speakers Bureau (641 words)
A devoted father and husband, Bruce is also a loyal supporter of many non-profit and charitable organizations and serves on numerous advisory boards such as the Special Olympics, where he serves on the Council of Champions, The National Dyslexia Research Foundation, and an avid supporter of Athletes and Entertainers for Kids.
Bruce and his wife Kris serve on the board of The Dream Foundation, an organization that grants wishes to terminally ill adults, and C.O.A.C.H. for Kids, a mobile medical unit providing quality health care to under privileged families throughout Los Angeles.
Bruce’s energy translates easily into his presentations and audiences are visibly moved by his story and the lessons that have made him a success.
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