At the beginning of the 22-minute video feature that accompanies the Sports Illustrated Summer Double Issue cover story, Caitlyn Jenner is shown cradling her 1976 Summer Olympics gold medal. She confesses that she “never takes this thing out.” But she did for the photo shoot at her home in Malibu, and the result is another iconic cover.
As you gaze at this provocative cover image shot by Yu Tsai, consider this rather shocking quote from Jenner when she was asked how she felt about her super-human decathlete body, circa-Montreal 1976:
“It disgusted me. I was big and thick and masculine. The rest of the world thought it was this Greek god kind of body. I hated it. But it’s what I was given, so I just tried to do the best I could with it.”
The hard-copy issue hits newsstands starting tomorrow, with the cover and stories destined to be conversation pieces all the way through the holiday weekend. (The price is slightly higher than the normal $4.99; this issue retails for $5.99.) Although Jenner did not return to Montreal for the piece, she did, with writer Tim Layden, visit other locations that played a key role in the path to the Olympics such as the University of Oregon and San Jose City College.
In support of the July 4-11 cover story, writer Layden guested on the latest episode of the SI podcast The Gray Area. Listen to that conversation with Maggie Gray, below.
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