In leading up to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Sports Illustrated has just revealed Caitlyn Jenner posing on the cover of their summer double issue. Jenner can be seen wearing the gold medal that she won in the 1976 Olympics.
In the issue, the former Olympian spoke on her feat that took place 40 years ago, in turn detailing the multidimensional struggle that she was going through at the time, saying “Little Caitlyn has been in there since I was this big. Sometimes she raised her cute little head more than others. I was female inside, but I wasn’t an effeminate male. So I could hide easily in the male world. My life was distraction after distraction after distraction. Being a macho male was a way for me to try to convince myself that the woman living inside of me really isn’t living inside me.”
Caitlyn also spoke specifically about her life as Bruce. “I loved Bruce,” she says. “I still love him today. I like what he did and the way he set an example for hard work and dedication. I’m proud of that part of my life. But this woman was living inside me, all my life, and it reached the point where I had to let her live and put Bruce inside. And I am happier, these last 12 months, than I’ve ever been in my life.”
In addition to the cover and sit-down, SI also presents a special 22-minute movie titled “Jenner: 40 Years After Gold.” The film centers around how even 40 years ago, Jenner knew that there would be life after her Olympic triumph.
Jenner previously appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated as Bruce, after winning the decathlon in August of ’76.
For more on Jenner’s reveal with Sports Illustrated, follow here, and also be on the lookout for the issue on newsstands.