Bruce Jenner

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At the Montreal Olympic Games in 1976, Bruce Jenner won the gold medal in the decathlon and the admiration of the world.

Mr. Jenner's original calling was football. He accepted a football scholarship for $250 a year from Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa, but was sidelined his freshman year. So he took up the decathlon. In his first meet, he set a school record with 6,991 points and "got such a kick out of it" he decided to focus exclusively on that event.

So intense was his competitive fire that he put a hurdle in his living room, which he crossed more than 25 times a day. Between 1973 and 1976, Jenner won the decathlon in all but one of the 13 meets he competed in.

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Jenner, whose face once graced the Wheaties box, now lives in California with his wife and 10 children. (He received "Father of the Year" honors in 1986.) He is a commercially rated pilot and a racecar driver. He gives motivational speeches and has appeared on TV shows, in commercials, and in films. Jenner was also a guest host on "Good Morning America."

He now hosts his own international track meet each year.

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