In Bruce Jenner’s motivational book, “Finding the Champion Within”, the introduction begins by talking about what great Russian athlete?
Bruce Jenner might be the world’s most famous World’s Greatest Athlete.
Bruce Jenner broke his own world record to capture gold in the 1976 Olympics.
He owes his notoriety to a confluence of forces that came together and branched out from the two most important days of his life: July 29 and 30, 1976 — when he won the Olympic gold medal in the decathlon in Montreal.
Jenner’s life melds a host of sports stories that have become cliches. He was the solitary, single-minded slave to training who forsook many earthly pleasures to prepare for his moment of glory. Dyslexic, he fit the classic redemptive mold — the athlete who struggled to overcome ailment or hardship to achieve excellence. And struggle he did. From his 10th-place finish in the decathlon at the 1972 Games until the 1976 Olympics, he trained, on average, eight hours a day.
At Montreal, amid the heat of the Cold War, he was the all-American boy, at 26 bringing home a gold medal in the year of the Bicentennial. Competing in the 10-event, track-and-field crucible that traditionally crowns the “world’s greatest athlete,” he defeated a Soviet, defending champion Nikolai Avilov, breaking his own world record with 8,618 points.