In May 2015, Caitlyn Jenner appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair, going public with her female identity, and thus raising awareness and becoming a spokesperson for the transgender community.
In recent years, Jenner has appeared with her family on the popular reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians and later revealed in a Diane Sawyer interview that she is transgender and identifies as female. In June 2015, Jenner announced on Twitter that she is a woman, now known as Caitlyn.
One of the most beloved athletes of the 1970s, Jenner was born on October 28, 1949, in Mount Kisco, New York. Jenner had dyslexia and struggled in school at a young age, but excelled at sports and turned to track and field after a football injury. Jenner’s coach encouraged her to train for the Olympic decathlon, and, in 1972, Jenner placed third in the Olympic trials and tenth at the Munich Games. At the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Jenner won a gold medal and broke a world record, scoring 8,634 points in the decathlon.
Following Olympic success in 1976, Jenner has remained in the public eye through endorsements, speaking engagements, TV appearances and other outlets.