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Caitlyn Jenner to feature on cover of Sports Illustrated

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Caitlyn Jenner is set to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated wearing nothing but an American flag and her Olympic gold medal in a rare acknowledgement of her athletic achievement, according to US Weekly Magazine.

Jenner, then known as Bruce, broke the decathlon world record to claim gold during the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, scoring 8,618 points. The record stood for almost four years before Britain's Daley Thompson broke it in 1980.

This summer will, of course, mark the 40th anniversary of that landmark achievement and Sports Illustrated, the biggest sports magazine in the USA, will time her appearance on the cover to celebrate it.


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It will be the first time that Jenner has appeared publically with the medal since reemerging as a woman in 2015. Her transition from Bruce into Caitlyn was documented on the television show 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians', making her one of the most famous faces in the world once again.

A source from SI told US Weekly that Jenner "is excited about" appearing on the cover.

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Olympic medal

The Olympic medal is rarely seen on the show despite Jenner describing it as her “most prized possession”. It is famously kept at the bottom of a sock drawer.

Explaining the odd decision not to display the medal, Jenner said last year: "I never wanted my kids to feel like they had to have a gold medal in order to be considered a success. I didn’t want them to constantly compare their own achievements to my time in the Olympics, so I haven’t displayed my medal.

“That was a great time in my life. But to be honest with you, it’s even a greater time in my life right now with what I’m trying to accomplish.”

1976 Summer Olympics Jenner

Public appearances

Jenner, 66, made her first public appearance on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine last July with the headline "Call me Caitlyn" accompanied by an image of her in a white body suit.

The appearance on SI will be sure to cause similar levels of publicity. She faced criticism after being awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2015 ESPYs in a decision labelled as "a crass exploitation play, a tabloid play" by NBC's Bob Costas.

SI will be expecting a similar backlash, who also invited controversial and ugly opinions after using "plus-sized model" Ashley Graham on the cover of their swimsuit magazine.

Bathroom campaign

Jenner recently weighed in on an ongoing dispute over a new law dictating that transgender people in North Carolina can only use the bathrooms that match the gender displayed on their birth certificate.

Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams and Ringo Starr have all cancelled gigs in the state to protest the decision while Jenner posted a video of her using a women's bathroom in Trump Tower in New York.

Donald Trump had recently made his distaste for the new law public and Jenner, in a Facebook post, tested the theory.

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