Video on You Tube @ This prompted the Eugene Register-Guard to ask: "Who's Jenner?" By watching Soviet Mykola Avilov win the event, Jenner was inspired to start an intense training regimen.In the era before professional athletes were allowed to compete in Olympic sports, this kind of training was unheard of.During this period, Jenner trained at the San Jose City College (SJCC) and San Jose State University (SJSU) tracks."After the Games were over," Jenner said, "I happened to be the right guy, at that right place, at that right time." Tony Kornheiser of The New York Times wrote: "Jenner is twirling the nation like a baton.He and wife, Chrystie, are so high up on the pedestal of American heroism, it would take a crane to get them down." After the expected Olympic success, Jenner planned to cash in on whatever celebrity status could follow a gold medal in the same mold as Johnny Weissmuller and Sonja Henie, who had become major movie stars following their gold medals.During the Cold War in 1972, three major Olympic titles that had a long history of American success – basketball, the 100 meter dash, and decathlon – were won by Soviet athletes.Jenner became an American hero by returning the decathlon title to the United States.
By that point, victory was virtually assured, but it remained to be seen by how much Jenner would improve the record.
Her name and gender change became official on September 25, 2015. Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon, Jenner was in fifth place in the men's decathlon, behind Steve Gough and Andrew Pettes.