Caitlyn Jenner ran away from her issues, and that was the reason why she thought the world saw her as the most controversial athlete and transwoman. Is she regretting coming out?
The 70-year-old former Olympian spoke on BBC's "Don't Tell Me the Score Podcast" where she discussed about the hardships she went through both as an athlete and a transwoman.
During the podcast, Jenner told a story on how she trained for 12 years before bagging the gold medal for the Olympics Men's Decathlon event in 1976. She recalled how she looked at herself in the mirror while wearing the medal and asked herself if the reflection she saw was the same person she would be stuck with for the rest of her life.
The Olympian and now-transwoman publicized that she was diagnosed with dyslexia and gender dysphoria, and it affected her sporting career.
At the same time, Caitlyn divulged her struggles of 65 years before coming out in public. The former college footballer compared her athletic training to her almost-lifetime preparation for the transition.
According to Jenner, the years she consumed on training herself to grasp her greatest sporting achievement were also the years she felt like she was running away from the issues she had.
"I trained 12 years for the games. I trained 65 years to transition in 2015," Jenner opened up. "It was harder to do -- it was less accepted."
Caitlyn's "issues" pushed her to work harder for Olympics glory. She detailed her harsh tale further, telling how everyone loved her games but hated her guts after she came out during the end of her transition.
Jenner Hated by Trans Community?
Being the great woman she is ever since coming out, Caitlyn raised nearly $2.6 million and handed the amount to numerous trans organizations.
Despite her efforts to support them, the community she helped prevented her from showing up since she was "too controversial."
Trans Athletes for 2020 Olympic Games
The Olympian also took the chance during the podcast to share her views on the International Olympic Committee's say on trans athletes for the upcoming Olympics.
She commended the committee's approach towards the issue and pleaded everyone not to rebuff the trans community in participating in such event. Jenner brought up the importance of allowing different people -- people who are dealing with trans issues -- to allow them to play sports because they deserve it.