Caitlyn Jenner ‘Sports Illustrated’ Cover Celebrates ’40 Years After Gold’

Caitlyn Jenner is gracing the front page of yet another magazine. Sports Illustrated will be featuring Caitlyn Jenner on the June 8 cover in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Jenner’s 1976 Olympic gold medal win. Associated Press named Jenner 1976 Male Athlete of the Year following the Olympic win.

Caitlyn’s story is, of course, unique in that she transformed from the famous Bruce Jenner last year into the current Caitlyn Jenner and is, if possible, even more famous than before. Even before that, she led a very interesting life as the stepfather to the ultra popular Kardashians and husband to Kris Jenner. Sports Illustrated wants to celebrate her achievements, not only from the Montreal Olympic Games, but for everything Caitlyn has achieved in the last 40 years, and most notably in the last 12 months, reports People magazine.

Chris Stone, Managing Editor of Sports Illustrated, says the rumors running rampant that Caitlyn Jenner will pose nude, wrapped in an American flag, are absolutely untrue. While shots were taken with the American flag, Caitlyn was not nude in any of these photos, and the cover photo was not chosen from those pictures.

“We go into these shoots with an open mind and allow our photographers to explore these stories. Forty years ago, Caitlyn Jenner offered one of the great athletic feats in modern era. We needed an image that connects both who Caitlyn Jenner is now and what she accomplished 40 years ago as Bruce Jenner, and the image that you see on the cover next week reflects that.”

According to the Mercury News, Paul Fichtenbaum, the group editor for Sports Illustrated, says their desire is to honor Caitlyn Jenner for her achievements, both past and present.

“We are excited to bring a fresh perspective to one of the greatest athletic performances of all-time. Obviously, so much has transpired since the ’76 Olympic games… we’ve got multi-dimensional content that fans will enjoy across any platform they choose.”

Bruce, Caitlyn Jenner
Bruce Jenner, now known as Caitlyn Jenner, wins the gold medal in the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games. [Image credit: AP Photo]
Bruce Jenner Olympic Gold
This photo shows Bruce Jenner about the throw the javelin for the decathlon, in which he won a gold medal in the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games. [Image credit: AP Photo]

According to Stream Daily, Sports Illustrated Films will also be streaming a documentary entitled 40 Years After Gold, which will encompass the achievements of Caitlyn Jenner, from 1976 to the present. The digital documentary will be available to stream at no charge on the Sports Illustrated website, beginning on June 6.

NBC News reports that in the documentary, Jenner is filmed making stops from her Olympic days. Some of these sites include special places such as the University of Oregon, where she qualified for the 1972 Olympics, and San Jose City College, the spot where her 1976 Olympic training took place.

The following video shows some clips from 40 Years After Gold.

Caitlyn Jenner has come a long way in the past year. A related report by the Inquisitr notes that in the year since her reveal as Caitlyn on the Vanity Fair cover, she has no regrets. In fact, she calls it “the best year of my life.”

It appears that Caitlyn Jenner, though always famous and popular with fans both from the Olympic days and the Keeping Up With the Kardashians times, has finally become her own fan. Now that she is living life as she sees fit, she is happier than ever.

[Image credit: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP]

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