June 28, 2016 at 1:04 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
Caitlyn Jenner poses with gold medal for Sports Illustrated

Caitlyn Jenner celebrated the 40th anniversary of her Olympic decathlon 1976 gold medal win by gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated. 

Jenner wears a sequin gold jumpsuit and gold rings to match the gold medal hanging around her neck. The 66-year-old says she keeps the medal in her nail drawer.

Despite the joy of winning, Jenner told Sports Illustrated she struggled mentally having a masculine body during that time.

“It disgusted me. I was big and thick and masculine. The rest of the world thought it was this Greek god kind of body. I hated it. But it’s what I was given, so I just tried to do the best I could with it,” Jenner says.

The Olympian says she had even considered plastic surgery because she felt gender dysphoric. However, she still is proud of what she accomplished in her old life.

“I loved Bruce… I still love him today. I like what he did and the way he set an example for hard work and dedication. I’m proud of that part of my life. But this woman was living inside me, all my life, and it reached the point where I had to let her live and put Bruce inside. And I am happier, these last 12 months, than I’ve ever been in my life,” Jenner continued.

 

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