Before Caitlyn Jenner became the hero of the transgender community, she was an all-American Olympic hero. However, in the premiere episode of her show “I Am Cait,” Jenner's mother reveals she is more proud of her child now than when she won the gold medal in the 1976 Olympics.
"I was so proud of Bruce when he stood on that podium receiving that gold medal in Montreal,” she told E!. “I thought that I could never be more proud of him, and you know, I was wrong. Because I am more proud of him for the courage that he has shown."
Bruce Jenner shot to fame when she won the gold medal in the decathlon during the 1976 Montreal Olympics. He became a household name as a role model and American hero. He enjoyed a steady career as a sought-after public speaker and public endorser. In the 80’s, when he first started to go on hormones while struggling with his gender identity, he dropped out of the public eye. He also went through two failed marriages which produced two kids each.
After marrying a third time, he resurfaced as a public figure, part of the reality show “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.” After 10 successful seasons of the show as Bruce, Caitlyn finally revealed her true self to the world.
Caitlyn Jenner spoke about her mother during the E! special “Keeping Up With the Kardashians: About Bruce,” saying she sent a plane to pick up her mother because she wanted to speak to her in person about the transition. Shortly after meeting her now daughter, Esther Jenner told Access Hollywood while she will probably still call her child Bruce, she is completely behind her decision to transition into a female.
Esther Jenner said Caitlyn Jenner is much more at ease with herself and she is happy for her child. The mother was at her child’s side for the 2015 ESPY Awards July 15. Caitlyn Jenner was this year’s recipient of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award and nearly her whole family escorted her during the ceremony.
“I Am Cait” airs every Sunday at 8 p.m. EDT on E!