William Bruce Jenner (born October 28, 1949) is a former U.S. track and field athlete, motivational speaker, socialite and television personality, known principally for winning the gold medal for decathlon in the Montreal 1976 Summer Olympics.
Bruce Jenner is originally from Mount Kisco, New York. He attended Newtown High School in Newtown, Connecticut, after spending a year at Sleepy Hollow High School in Sleepy Hollow, New York. Jenner earned a football scholarship and attended Graceland College (now Graceland University) in Iowa, but a knee injury forced him to stop playing football and he switched to the decathlon. He was mentored by Graceland's track coach L. D. Weldon, who was the first to recognize Jenner's potential and encouraged him to pursue the decathlon. Jenner debuted in the decathlon at the Drake Relays in 1970- placing sixth.
Jenner placed third in the decathlon at the 1972 U.S. Olympic trials and finished in tenth place at the 1972 Munich games. His success prompted him to devote himself full-time to a grueling training regimen, which he openly acknowledged was supported and graciously subsidized by his then wife. During that period he spent 8 hours a day at the San Jose City College track. His presence in the San Jose area was part of what made San Jose a hotbed for training elite athletes in the era. In 1974 and 1976, he was the American champion in the event.