Caitlyn Jenner Should Have Transitioned Before the 1976 Olympics
Looking back at Bruce Jenner’s historic 1976 Olympic decathlon victory, it’s hard not think about what might have happened if he’d transitioned earlier. Would Caitlyn Jenner be considered the greatest female Olympian of all time?
First off, women compete in the heptathlon as opposed to the decathlon, but it wasn’t introduced to the Olympic games until 1984. As for the 1976 games, the closest parallel to the decathlon was that of the pentathlon, consisting of five events.
So how would Caitlyn Jenner have fared in the 1976 pentathlon? Let’s compare Jenner’s 1976 decathlon results to the 1976 women’s Olympic pentathlon gold medalist, Siegrun Siegl.
|Pentathlon Events||100 Meter Hurdles||Shot Put||High Jump||Long Jump||200m Dash|
On paper, this seems like a close competition. But let’s dig deeper.
*Jenner ran the 110m hurdles, not 100m
**Jenner threw a 16.01 pound shot put, while Siegl threw an 8.8 pound shot put
***Jenner ran the 400 meter dash in 47.51 seconds, the 23.755 time is based on cutting the time directly in half. That’s all we have to go on, but obviously, you’re gonna pace the 200m dash much quicker than 400 meters.
How far would Caitlyn have hurled an 8.8 pound shot put? Let’s put it this way, that world record would likely stand to this day.
And if it weren’t for the patriarchy, perhaps this would have actually happened. Caitlyn herself states she felt like Caitlyn all those years, even describing it as Caitlyn living hidden inside of Bruce. So thank you societal standards, for costing us the greatest female athlete of all time.