An article today in People Magazine confirmed the rumors that have been flying around for the past several months, that 1976 Olympic decathlon champion Bruce Jenner --
is transitioning into a woman:
(I dunno…..I think she's hot. I'd do her!)
I understand that there are people who, through no fault of their own, have never felt comfortable in their given gender and who want to make the switch. These people often have hormonal imbalances and show characteristics of the other sex from early childhood.
But the decathlon is one of the most grueling events in sport, a ten event marathon which tests every facet of your speed and strength and agility and endurance. In other words, it's basically a testosterone contest.
So when an Olympic champion decathlete decides to make the jump, it's a little more jarring.
It may have to do with the fact that he was widely rumored to be on steroids back in 1976, when steroids were pretty much in their infancy. As I explained here back in 2010, Jenner was juicing back in the era when it was not understood that you were supposed to cycle the steroids, i.e., go on and off them so that your body's ability to produce testosterone naturally didn't entirely shut down.
Jenner didn't do that, so once he retired from track and field, he had very little testosterone, which made him feel, naturally enough, like a woman.
(Don't mess with Mother Nature.)
So, now, he's taking the final step.
One has to wonder how this makes the other surviving Olympic decathlon champions feel. Do they feel their gold is just a bit tarnished?
My guess is, yes.
Update, 2/1/15: Thought I was being clever with that headline, but it looks as if a couple other people beat me to it.