It didn’t take long for the International Olympic Committee to settle this issue.
The 1976 Olympic gold medal in the decathlon will remain awarded to Bruce Jenner, an American athlete who won the event in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Responding to an online petition asking that the medal be revoked because Bruce Jenner is now Caitlin Jenner, the IOC said: “Bruce Jenner won his gold medal in the 1976 Olympic Games and there is no issue for the IOC.”
There you have it.
The petitioner is from Fort Worth. Jennifer Bradford said she is standing up for transgender rights.
My own view is that she’s standing up only for her own quest for publicity.
The IOC occasionally has had to deal with athletes whose gender has been questioned. There have been instances where female medal winners have been stripped of their medals because it was determined they possessed male DNA, giving them an advantage over their fellow female competitors.
That’s not even close to the issue here.
Bruce Jenner won the gold medal as a man. He’s now a woman.
Let’s move on to something else, shall we?