Caitlyn Jenner, Olympic decathlete?
Can’t wait to see how the next David Wallenchinsky “Complete Book of the Olympics” completes that sentence in its next update.
Granted, people change over time. It’s human nature.
And we really can’t rewrite history, no matter how many websites have been inspired to reset this week, trying to come to terms delineating what comes before Bruce or leads into current Cait, as they document what he/she has accomplished on his planet.
But now might be wise for Caitlyn to tuck that 1976 gold medal in a Bank of Malibu safe deposit box and hide the key for awhile.
We’ve been alerted to a petition on, of all ironic places, Change.org, demanding that the IOC “revoke Caitlyn Jennings’ Olympic medals.”
Or, just the one she once won.
Whether this is all a prank or not, a woman (we are lead to believe) from Fort Worth, Texas, has written in a rambling preamble that “we congratulate Ms. Jenner on these new developments and wish her the best. However, this creates somewhat of a problem as Ms. Jenner 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 (sic) and that the men racing Ms. Jenner are not expected to compete with a superior, streamlined being such as herself.”
By the way, women aren’t allowed to compete in Olympic decathlon. They have the pentathlon. Not to be confused with Modern pentathlon. So there’s discrimination right there, right Title IXers? Unless you consider the heptathlon a civil compromise.
So there are already some 14,000 signatures on this thing calling for change, even though the IOC has already stated, in light of this petition, that “Bruce Jenner won his gold medal in the 1976 Olympic Games and there is no issue for the IOC.”
Meanwhile, another petition was fired off on the official WhiteHouse.gov site seeks the same resolution, but it will need 100,000 signatures by July 1 to get any kind of official reply by the Obama administration, because, of anyone on the planet can make this right, the President of the United States will.
The First Amendment protection of speech, petition and gender assignment notwithstanding – check the document, we think it covers all that — doesn’t this open up a Pandora’s box of Wheaties over proper naming rights to an Olympic medal?
== And speaking of the most famous card-board tasting breakfast cereal ever.
A statement by General Mills posted this week made it painfully unclear that, in light of any public questioning of its loyalties to a product Jenner once endorsed, “Bruce Jenner continues to be a respected member of Team Wheaties.”
TMZ, the news gathering organization that requested a response from the company, came back to General Mills and said, you know, she is going by Caitlyn now … You called her “Bruce.”
“We stand by our statement,” General Mills said.
When asked by another media outlet for something a little more clarity. a General Mills spokesman said: “Bruce Jenner has been a respected member of Team Wheaties, and Caitlyn Jenner will continue to be.”
So does that mean … ?
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