Bruce Jenner: Famous Athlete to Reality TV Pawn
It may not have been your typical full-time, paying gig, but it definitely took work and it paid off big. Jenner was just the hero America needed after the Soviet Union won the medal count in the ‘72 Olympics in Munich. Bouncing back from failing to medal in ’72, Jenner made his first dash to greatness in ’76 at the Montreal Summer Olympic Games winning gold in the Decathlon. Now a national treasure, Jenner decided it was the time to capitalize on his fame and left the amateur life of the track and field world behind. Swapping his discus and future Olympics glory for a bowl and spoon, Jenner became another famous face on the Wheaties cereal box appearing both in 1997 & 2012 and becoming one of their seven official spokesmen.
Jenner briefly had a mildly successful stint as a GT race car driver in the ‘80s after turning his attention to acting where he had more success in TV than he did in feature films; both films Jenner appeared in, "Can't Stop the Music" (1980) and "Jack and Jill" (2011) won the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture. I think he got the hint, but these days Jenner can still be found on TV, usually in a reality show along with the rest of his family. I honestly can’t keep up with all the Kardashians, but I know I’ve heard that name somewhere before…