In an interview with Tim Layden for a Sports Illustrated cover story, Caitlyn Jenner discussed not transitioning earlier in life.
“I was thinking that I would transition before age 40 [that would have been 1989],” Jenner said. “And I was really struggling with it. But the best way I can put it is, it just wasn’t time. It wasn’t time in my life, and it wasn’t time in society. The issue was totally misunderstood.”
Jenner had begun taken hormones in the mid-1980s, but did not complete the transition. Over two decades later in the fall of 2014, Jenner finally made the decision to fully transition.
“I wasn’t going to continue to lie to myself,” Jenner said.
Jenner, 66, won an Olympic gold medal in the 1976 Olympics, and is one of only 22 Olympians to win gold in the decathlon.