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Talking with US Gold Medalist Bruce Jenner

US Olympian Bruce Jenner hosted the 2007 World Cynosport Games and I took a moment to ask him a few questions. By Brenna Fender

Although no longer striving for Olympic Gold, former decathlete Bruce Jenner, who earned the title "World's Greatest Athlete" upon breaking the world record and earning the Gold in 1976, keeps very busy.  He does public speaking, represents various companies, has an aviation company that sells airplanes, and is part of an E channel reality show called Keeping Up with the Kardashians.  He also, with the help of Kris, his wife of 16 and a half years, parents 10 children (many are adults now) - four of his from a former relationship, four of hers, and two of theirs together.  I caught up with Bruce as he sat ringside, waiting to interview the next leader of the Grand Prix finals.

BF: How do you satisfy your competitive nature now that you are no longer competing in sports?

BJ: I'm not that competitive.  I'm competitive with myself, I play golf everyday... I used to have to be the best, strong enough to lift the side of a house.  Now I just need money to pay for the house!

BF: Do you have a dog?

BJ: I have three dogs - a teacup Maltese named Bella, a hairless Chihuahua that's so ugly he's cute, named Dolce, and a black Lab named Gabbana.  Phenomenal disc catcher!

BF: Do you have advice for people who are competing at the highest levels of agility?

BJ: You have to take this sport and keep it in proper perspective.  This is a fun, competitive event but really it's just a part of your life.  It's all about having a good time.  Have fun with your dog. Go out there and put it on the line.  It's fun and it brings joy to your life... feeling like you've got to win - that's out of perspective.

Brenna Fender is the editor for the USDAA's subscriber services portion of the website.  She is also a freelance writer, wife, and parent of two dogs and two children.  Please contact Brenna at with comments, questions, or submissions.

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