The 1984 Summer Olympics torch carried by Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, will be up for auction later this month. His participation then was to promote area youth programs and support Caesars Tahoe’s agenda to give back to the community. “The decathlon has always been considered the ultimate athletic proving ground, Jenner has played both gender roles masterfully”.
According to Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Auctions at Heritage, the torch marks the first significant piece of Jenner memorabilia to go to auction, and certainly the first major artifact since her transition from Bruce to Caitlyn Jenner earlier this year.
At that time, Jenner told People that he agreed to carry the torch because he was impressed by how the Olympics host city, LA, handled the summer games. He helped organize the torch run through Lake Tahoe in 1984. The hotel casino held a drawing that awarded winners the chance to take part in the historic event, carrying the torch along 31 miles of the Nevada route. The 49 other kilometers were ran by seven individuals and representatives of 42 local organizations that were selected through a draw. Jenner was asked to run the remaining kilometer or 1,000 meters.
“As the 1976 Olympic decathlon champion, Jenner was the only celebrity runner designated during the 50-kilometer stretch that Caesars Tahoe sponsored”, Lorsch said.
Caitlyn Jenner shot by Annie Leibovitz on the cover of Vanity Fair.
A spokesman for Jenner did not respond to a request by the Associated Press for comment. She is also set to share more of her inspirational story in the upcoming docuseries I Am Cait, debuting Sunday, July 26, on E! at 8 p.m. ET. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.
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