Name the professional athletes you respect the most and why.

I will be honest, I do not pay attention to very many athletes and the ones I am aware of are either retired, going to retire, or now identify as a woman. However, I’m going to give it my best go.

Bruce Jenner

I’m going to use Bruce to refer to the athlete as Caitlyn isn’t an athlete any longer and she often refers to Bruce as an entirely different person, and as luck would have it, I happen to agree with this. I don’t want to go into a whole thing about people who are transgender, I have opinions that I’m not sure aren’t based on fear and that mostly has to do with the fact that I have a daughter and since she is 3 I have no idea how her generation is going to operate, it could be fine, like it is now where kids experiment, realize it isn’t for them, and move on. That’s perfectly fine.

I don’t want people to overcorrect and pull a Mr. Garrison from South Park, where he does the most inappropriate shit with Mr. Slave to attempt to be fired for being gay, so that he can ultimately sue the school and win a whole law suit, but ends up having a change of heart because everyone (parents included) are allowing things to happen that are wildly inappropriate for children, and Garrison decided to forgo his plan either out of being a good person or because his efforts were futile, either way, I don’t want that to happen.

I apologize for those of you that already kind of “get it,” but I do NOT have enough of a following to not make that disclaimer. First off, let’s talk about the intricacies of the Olympic event that IS the decathlon.

The decathlon is a whopping 10-event contest that lasts 2 days. The 10 events are as follows:

Day One

  1. 100-Meter-Run
  2. The Long Jump
  3. Shot Put
  4. High-Jump
  5. 400-Meter-Run

Day Two

  1. 110-Meter-Hurdles
  2. Discus Throw
  3. Pole Vault
  4. Javelin Throw
  5. 1500-Meter-Run

That is by far NO easy task, and for those of you young ones Bruce was the third Olympic Champion to be featured on the Wheaties box in 1976. When he won the decathlon, remember, this was 1976. The winner of the decathlon in 1972 was a Soviet, as in the Soviet Union, and his name was Nikolai Avilov. The winners of these titles are also given the well-known (and well-boasted about) monicker of the “World’s Greatest Athlete.”

Bruce Jenner was an American fucking hero after he won in 1976, it was seen as symbolic in the fight against communism in the United States. With Avilov being Soviet, given the title of World’s Greatest Athlete in 1972, and holding the world record at the time, Bruce winning that decathlon, breaking the record, and taking home the gold medal for the United States, must have felt like history in the making. The Soviet Union fell on December 25, 1991, I know that in 1980 the United States tried to boycott the Summer Olympic Games that was held in Moscow even though several countries ended up participating anyways, and then in 1984 the Soviet Union stated that they were “not participating” in the games. Five years later the Soviets would begin to face a revolution that began in 1989.

People forget, that before Bruce was comfortable being Caitlyn, before she won Woman of the Year (which I’m not entirely sure you deserve to achieve like two HUGE accomplishments like that in one lifetime, however he was married to Kris so, who fucking knows right?), and even before Kim K’s sex tape. Bruce Jenner was a legend.

I had intended on naming other athletes like Joe Burrow, Serena Williams, Katie LaDecky and so forth, but I don’t know DICK about any of them. They don’t motivate me like Bruce or inspire me like Caitlyn. I could just not know much about them, I mean, my dad is old as shit, and HE even talked about Bruce Jenner when I was growing up (for some reason the Olypics was, like, a thing in my house? I have NO idea why), even as a Select soccer player he was still someone to look up to. The work ethic alone is enough to inspire motivation.

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