Her name and gender change became official on September 25, 2015. Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon, Jenner was in fifth place in the men's decathlon, behind Steve Gough and Andrew Pettes.
All Olympic events and medals are for men's events and prior to her gender transition. Needing to make up a 19-second gap on Gough in the men's 1500 metres, Jenner qualified for the Olympic team by running a fast final lap, finishing 22 seconds ahead of the other runners.
"For the first time, I knew what I wanted out of life and that was it, and this guy has it.
I literally started training that night at midnight, running through the streets of Munich, Germany, training for the Games.
Wallach reported that Jenner was being considered for the role of Superman, which ultimately went to Christopher Reeve.
This converted mark stood as the American record until 1991, when it was surpassed by eventual gold medalist, and world record holder, Dan O'Brien of Dan & Dave fame.
Abandoning vaulting poles in the stadium, with no intention of ever competing again, Jenner stated that: "In 1972, I made the decision that I would go four years and totally dedicate myself to what I was doing, and then I would move on after it was over with.
I went into that competition knowing that would be the last time I would ever do this." As a result of winning the Olympic decathlon, Jenner became a national hero and received the James E.
In 1977, Jenner became a spokesperson for Wheaties brand breakfast cereal and appeared in an iconic photograph on the cover of the cereal box.
After taking over from Olympic champion Bob Richards, Jenner was second in a succession of athletes featured as spokespersons for the brand. On November 22, 1977, Jenner went to San Francisco to refute charges filed by San Francisco district attorney Joseph Freitas that General Mills—the maker of Wheaties—had engaged in deceptive advertising in its campaign that featured Jenner.