To become a hard working and dedicated athlete it takes many years of practice and determination. Being an athlete, especially an Olympic athlete, it takes passion and dedication to become an outstanding star athlete. Now when you make an achievement, you are recognized for your outstanding work and goals that you’ve reached. Let’s hypothesize, after all the work you put into getting these awards, someone came along years later and said that you don’t deserve to have any of them because of who you are or who you became? Would you feel disrespected?
This is what’s currently happening to Bruce Jenner or now newly known as Caitlyn Jenner. In the 1970’s Jenner was one of the most beloved athletes at the time. Jenner is a gold medal winning track star that set a world record in the decathlon at the 1976 Summer Olympics.
Bruce Jenner – Mini Biography: Bruce Jenner was a 70s sports icon after winning the gold medal for decathlon in the 1976 Olympics. He starred on some TV shows such as “CHiPs” and “The Love Boat” before getting involved with reality television with “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” Credit: Youtube.com and Biography.com
In the 1976 summer Olympics she won a gold medal in the men’s decathlon as well as another gold medal in the same event in the 1975 Pan American Games.
As many have heard, years later she was never happy with who she was. Caitlyn felt “trapped” inside her body as if she didn’t belong in her own skin. She underwent personal struggles and hardships for many years until very recently she went under the knife and completed her last and final surgery to become a woman. Earlier this week the very first images of the new Caitlyn Jenner were taken for the most current issue of Vanity Fair magazine.
She spoke publicly for the first time since finalizing her gender transition which was very emotional for her. Through this surgery, Jenner suffered from a serious panic attack the day she was planning to undergo a 10-hour-facial-feminization surgery back in March. She thought to herself “What did I just do? What did I just do to myself?” At this point, Caitlyn had a major setback and almost put a halt on her transition.
She told Pulitzer Prize winning V.F. contributing editor and author of Friday Night light’s Buzz Bissinger, “If I was lying on my deathbed and I had kept this secret and never ever did anything about it, I would be lying there saying, ‘You just blew your entire life. You never dealt with yourself,’ and I don’t want that to happen.”
She didn’t let anything stop her and continued with her surgery. Vanity Fair’s photographer Annie Leibovitz has the privilege to do a photo shoot of Caitlyn Jenner for cover of their magazine. During this shoot, Caitlyn discussed how much living fully as a woman means to her.
Watch the behind the scenes video of Annie Leibovit’s photoshoot of Caitlyn Jenner for Vanity Fair Magazine:
This is a very important part of Jenner’s life. It’s time to throw away her past when she was unhappy with herself and start fresh. Jenner want to live a life where she can truly be herself. Unfortunately her past is now starting to creep up on her.
The revealing of her new identity sparks some controversial issues with who she was in the past.
According to Change.org which started up a petition that states that she competed in the men’s events in the Olympics and now that she identifies as a woman her medals should no longer be valid or spoken about because she is not a man anymore.
The petition says “It has recently come to light that gold medalist Bruce Jenner is in fact transgender, and therefore, identifies as a woman. We congratulate Ms. Jenner on these new developments and wish her the best. However, this creates somewhat of a problem…”
The petition to the International Olympic Committee claims that Bruce Jenner and Caitlyn Jenner are two completely different people. Therefore, her metals don’t belong to her. Since she said that her whole life she was a woman in a man’s body, she competed against the wrong gender, which isn’t fair to the other men who went against her back in the 70’s.
“Ms. Jenner (as talented as she is) claims that she has always believed herself to be truly female, and therefore, was in violation of committee rules regarding women competing in men’s sports and vice versa.”
“We urge Ms. Jenner to support the transgender community by giving up the medals earned by competing against the wrong gender.”
This petition already has about 11,000 supporters in it and is still growing as you read this article. There is even a hashtag “givebackthegold” trending on twitter. To some, this is a very tasteless act because she trained hard and dedicated her time to winning these awards while she was a man. It’s not fair to have her achievements taken away from her. On the other hand some see the issue that since she’s starting a new life as a female the awards she won as a man does not belong to her because she claimed she was a female all her life.
Supporters and non supporters of her transition gather together and discuss the controversy if she should keep her awards because she won them as a man or she should give them up since she competed in a man’s event as a woman.
The latest release of Vanity Fair magazine shows Bruce Jenner as Caitlyn Jenner after she underwent her final surgery to become a woman. After only five hours after being released over 150,000 users commented on Twitter about this photo. Credit: Vanity Fair
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