Getty Images

Caitlyn Jenner considers run for political office

5 Comments

Caitlyn Jenner has considered a run for U.S. Senate in California and will continue to do so.

Jenner, the 1976 Olympic decathlon champion, urged her Republican party to do a better job when it comes to LGBT issues since her April 2015 announcement of transitioning to a woman.

“The political side of it has always been very intriguing to me,” Jenner said in a radio interview published online Sunday. “Over the next six months or so, I’ve got to find out where I can do a better job. Can I do a better job from the outside, kind of working the perimeter of the political side, being open to talk to anybody? Or are you better off from the inside? We are in the process of determining that. Yeah, I would look for a senatorial run.”

Democrat Dianne Feinstein, 84, is the next California senator up for re-election in 2018. Feinstein has not said if she will seek a fifth re-election, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Jenner, 67, would not be the first Olympian to run for political office. Wouldn’t even be the first Olympic decathlon champion to do so.

Bob Mathias, the 1948 and 1952 Olympic gold medalist, served two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, also as a Republican from California.

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

MORE: Excerpt from Caitlyn Jenner’s book

After accident, Olympian Jamie Nieto walks at his wedding

Ramon Galindo/NBC San Diego
Leave a comment

After two-time Olympic high jumper Jamie Nieto suffered a spinal cord injury while attempting a standing back flip in April 2016, he decided to set a goal for himself. Nietro was determined to walk down the aisle at his own wedding.

On Saturday, July 22, 2017, Nieto walked to the altar in front of everyone gathered at Christ Temple Apostolic Church in east San Diego – something his doctors said might not be possible.

Nieto, with some assistance, entered the church where he then married his bride, Jamaican hurdler Shevon Stoddart, exactly how he set out to – on his feet.

Images courtesy of Ramon Galindo/NBC San Diego

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

MORE: Usain Bolt barely wins last race before world championships

Kerri Walsh Jennings dislocates shoulder in Poland (video)

FIVB
Leave a comment

Five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings dislocated her shoulder during the semifinals of a beach volleyball tournament in Poland and forfeited the bronze medal match.

Walsh Jennings and new partner Nicole Branagh were tied in the third set of their match against Canada on Saturday when Walsh Jennings dove for the ball with her right arm and twisted her hand in the sand. After a four-minute delay, Canada went on to win the third set 16-14 and advance to the gold medal match.

“I just went for a short dig and the surface in Europe is so shallow and so hard and there’s no give for our bodies,” Walsh Jennings explained after the match in an interview with her shoulder wrapped in ice.

Walsh Jennings had surgery on the same shoulder during the run-up to the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she and April Ross won the bronze medal. Walsh Jennings won three gold medals with Misty May Treanor.

Walsh Jennings said she is looking forward to returning to the FIVB World Tour in Vienna in one week.

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

MORE: Kerri Walsh Jennings’ first choice for new partner said no