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07 November 2019 10:42

Caitlyn Jenner has said training for the Olympic Games was nothing compared with a lifetime preparing to transition.

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Caitlyn Jenner has said training for the Olympic Games was nothing compared with a lifetime preparing to transition. The gold medal-winning decathlete achieved athletic glory in 1976, but believes coming out as a trans woman in 2015 was her greatest feat. Jenner, 70, said that her Olympic success was loved and appreciated, unlike her transition, which provoked "hatred". The former athlete and reality TV star believes her intense sports training was an attempt to run from gender dysphoria. Jenner spoke on BBC Radio 4 podcast Don't Tell Me The Score about Olympic fame trapping her in a body she doubted.

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Caitlyn Jenner: Transitioning was much harder than training for Olympics

She said: "I trained 12 years for the Games. I trained 65 years to transition in 2015. It was harder to do, it was less accepted. Caitlyn Jenner - In pictures 19 show all Caitlyn Jenner - In pictures 1/19 Reuters 2/19 Caitlyn Jenner accepts the Arthur Ashe Courage Award onstage during The 2015 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 15, 2015 Getty Images 3/19 Khloe Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian West, North West, Caitlyn Jenner and Kylie Jenner attend Kanye West Yeezy Season 3 at Madison Square Garden on February 11, 2016 Getty Images 4/19 Caitlyn Jenner announced her new look and name to the public with an Annie Leibovitz shoot for the July 2015 Vanity Fair cover story 5/19 Kendall Jenner and Caitlyn Jenner (R) attend the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party following the 91st Academy Awards at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills on February 21, 2019 AFP/Getty Images 6/19 Caitlyn Jenner attending the Elton John AIDS Foundation Viewing Party PA 7/19 Caitlyn Jenner attends the Life Ball 2018 welcome cocktail at Le Meridien Hotel on June 1, 2018 in Vienna, Austria Getty Images 8/19 Steven Klein, Sophia Hutchins, Caitlyn Jenner and Coco Rocha attend the Jeremy Scott front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on September 6, 2018 Getty Images 9/19 Caitlyn Jenner and Sophia Hutchins at Steven Tyler and Live Nation presents Inaugural Janie's Fund Gala & GRAMMY Viewing Party at Red Studios on January 28, 2018 Getty Images 10/19 Caitlyn Jenner with Piers Morgan on December 11, 2017 ITV 11/19 Miley Cyrus and Caitlyn Jenner attend the 26th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party sponsored by Bulgari, celebrating EJAF and the 90th Academy Awards at The City of West Hollywood Park on March 4, 2018 Getty Images 12/19 Alan Carr, Caitlyn Jenner and Melanie Sykes attend the British LGBT Awards at The Grand Connaught Rooms on May 12, 2017 Dave Benett 13/19 Caitlyn Jenner attends the Moschino Spring/Summer 17 Menswear and Women's Resort Collection during MADE LA at L.A. Live Event Deck on June 10, 2016 Getty Images 14/19 Caitlyn Jenner attends Glamour Women Of The Year 2016 Getty Images 15/19 Caitlyn Jenner accepts the Arthur Ashe Courage Award onstage during The 2015 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 15, 2015 Getty Images 16/19 Caitlyn Jenner and Kylie Jenner pose for a photo at the backstage inspiration wall at the 2015 Glamour Women of the Year Awards at Carnegie Hall on November 9, 2015 Getty Images 17/19 Caitlyn Jenner and Kris Jenner attend the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 10, 2015 Getty Images 18/19 Caitlyn Jenner out and about, New York, America Rex Features 19/19 Caitlyn Jenner 1/19 Reuters 2/19 Caitlyn Jenner accepts the Arthur Ashe Courage Award onstage during The 2015 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 15, 2015 Getty Images 3/19 Khloe Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian West, North West, Caitlyn Jenner and Kylie Jenner attend Kanye West Yeezy Season 3 at Madison Square Garden on February 11, 2016 Getty Images 4/19 Caitlyn Jenner announced her new look and name to the public with an Annie Leibovitz shoot for the July 2015 Vanity Fair cover story 5/19 Kendall Jenner and Caitlyn Jenner (R) attend the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party following the 91st Academy Awards at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills on February 21, 2019 AFP/Getty Images 6/19 Caitlyn Jenner attending the Elton John AIDS Foundation Viewing Party PA 7/19 Caitlyn Jenner attends the Life Ball 2018 welcome cocktail at Le Meridien Hotel on June 1, 2018 in Vienna, Austria Getty Images 8/19 Steven Klein, Sophia Hutchins, Caitlyn Jenner and Coco Rocha attend the Jeremy Scott front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on September 6, 2018 Getty Images 9/19 Caitlyn Jenner and Sophia Hutchins at Steven Tyler and Live Nation presents Inaugural Janie's Fund Gala & GRAMMY Viewing Party at Red Studios on January 28, 2018 Getty Images 10/19 Caitlyn Jenner with Piers Morgan on December 11, 2017 ITV 11/19 Miley Cyrus and Caitlyn Jenner attend the 26th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party sponsored by Bulgari, celebrating EJAF and the 90th Academy Awards at The City of West Hollywood Park on March 4, 2018 Getty Images 12/19 Alan Carr, Caitlyn Jenner and Melanie Sykes attend the British LGBT Awards at The Grand Connaught Rooms on May 12, 2017 Dave Benett 13/19 Caitlyn Jenner attends the Moschino Spring/Summer 17 Menswear and Women's Resort Collection during MADE LA at L.A. Live Event Deck on June 10, 2016 Getty Images 14/19 Caitlyn Jenner attends Glamour Women Of The Year 2016 Getty Images 15/19 Caitlyn Jenner accepts the Arthur Ashe Courage Award onstage during The 2015 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 15, 2015 Getty Images 16/19 Caitlyn Jenner and Kylie Jenner pose for a photo at the backstage inspiration wall at the 2015 Glamour Women of the Year Awards at Carnegie Hall on November 9, 2015 Getty Images 17/19 Caitlyn Jenner and Kris Jenner attend the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 10, 2015 Getty Images 18/19 Caitlyn Jenner out and about, New York, America Rex Features 19/19 Caitlyn Jenner "Everyone loved the Games, a lot of people when they see you transition hate your guts. Look at the quotes on Instagram. By far that was a lot more difficult." She added on being an Olympian: "A lot of the training was really running away from the issues I had. I remember getting up the next morning, didn't have a stitch of clothes on, walking to the bathroom, medal sitting there on the table, put the medal around my neck, looking in the mirror and I go, 'What have you just done? Am I stuck with this person the rest of my life?' It was scary." Jenner said that the sporting world was very good to her, and provided valuable opportunities. Asked her position on trans athletes, she said the Olympic Committee was doing a "good job", adding that trans people should be able to compete. Despite raising considerable sums for trans causes, Jenner said she is not always welcome within the community. She said: "A lot of them are extraordinarily appreciative of it. On the other hand, they're having their big fundraiser and say, 'Oh please don't show up, you're too controversial'." The full interview with Jenner can be heard on Don't Tell Me The Score, available to listen to on BBC Sounds. With additional reporting by Press Association.

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