Caitlyn Jenner Petition To Revoke Olympic Medal Gets More Than 5,000 Signatures
More than 5,000 people have signed a Change.org petition that calls for Caitlyn Jenner’s Olympic medal to be revoked.
Launched two days ago by a woman named Jennifer Bradford in Forth Worth, Texas, the plea to the International Olympic Committee reads:
“It has recently come to light that gold medalist Bruce Jenner is in fact transgender, and therefore, identifies as a woman. We congratulate Ms. Jenner on these new developments and wish her the best. However, this creates somewhat of a problem as Ms. Jenner (as talented as she is) claims that she has always believed herself to be truly female, and therefore, was in violation of committee rules regarding women competing in men’s sports and vice versa. Therefore, it is with a heavy heart that we must ask whether or not it is proper that Ms. Jenner should retain her olympic records in light of this, as we must now either claim that Bruce Jenner and Caitlyn Jenner are two entirely different people (which we know is not true), or that Bruce Jenner was, in fact, a woman participating in a men’s event. It is only fair to all involved that women receive their credit as champions of the Decathalon and that the men racing Ms. Jenner are not expected to compete with a superior, streamlined being such as herself. We urge Ms. Jenner to support the transgender community by giving up the medals earned by competing against the wrong gender. Thank you, and congratulations to Ms. Jenner for her courage! #givebackthegold”
Representing the United States, Jenner won a gold medal for the decathlon in 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. The year before, she also won gold in the same event at the Pan American Games in Mexico City. In both instances, Jenner competed under men’s athletics.
Jenner addressed her Olympic career in her Vanity Fair cover story, insisting she is still the same person who earned the gold, despite her transition. The former athlete was quoted as saying:
“That [the gold medalist they remember] was me in 1976, I did that and I am extraordinarily proud of what I was able to accomplish. I make no excuses for it, but that was all of me that did that, it wasn’t just Bruce, it was all the things that — I was a dyslexic kid, I was suffering from gender dysphoria, I had all these other issues in life, but when I latched onto this thing called sports, I probably latched onto it harder than most kids did. Why? Because I needed that. Never knowing where I was going, but after years and years of playing the game and trying to prove my manhood, you know, next thing I knew I wasn’t trying to make my high-school team anymore, I was trying to be the best in the world at something. And this was my chance to go out there to the world and do something significant. And it became real important to me, and I put so much time and energy and work into this thing, and it was part of me. But it was all part of me: it was the dyslexic kid out there, it was the transgendered kid out there, it was Bruce out there, all these things, all the emotions were all — that’s what made me work so hard, that’s why I was more determined than anybody else. I went out there and did it. And I am extraordinarily proud of that. It wasn’t all of me, but for that moment, I can say I was the best in the world at that.”
Jenner’s gold medal was on display during her Vanity Fair photo shoot, an experience that she said was better than winning at the Olympics. She explained:
“That was a sporting event; the last few days is about life, okay, about living your life. About being true to yourself. I was probably at the games because I was running away from a lot of things, okay, very, very proud of the accomplishment, I don’t want to diminish that accomplishment, but the last few days in doing this shoot was about my life and who I am as a person. It’s not about the fanfare, it’s not about people cheering in the stadium, it’s not about going down the street and everybody giving you ‘that a boy, Bruce,’ pat on the back, okay. This is about your life and about who you are. And the last few days have been absolutely amazing, you know, I never thought, you know, that some day I’d be able to do this.”
The Change.org petition to revoke Jenner’s medal currently has 5,590 signatories, and is continuing to grow. The International Olympics Committee has yet to comment. Jenner is pictured above left at event in 1991, and at right on the July 2015 Vanity Fair cover. TELL US: Do you think Jenner’s medals should be revoked?