Bruce Jenner jumped into our hearts in 1976 when he broke the world record for the Olympic decathlon, scoring 8,634 points at the Olympic Games in Montreal and earning the title of “World’s Greatest Athlete.”
As a result of winning the Olympic decathlon, Jenner was a national hero. He was the 1976 recipient of the James E. Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in the United States. Jenner was also the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year in 1976. He was inducted into the Olympic Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame, the Connecticut Sports Hall of Fame in 1994 and the United States National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1980. He was inducted into the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.
San Jose City College hosted the “Bruce Jenner Invitational” (frequently shortened to “Jenner”) as a televised, annual stop on the United States Track and Field Circuit (a meet equivalent in stature to the Prefontaine Classic) for the better part of two decades. Records were set at the meet, with Jenner frequently hosting the telecasts.