During this period, Jenner trained at the San Jose City College (SJCC) and San Jose State University (SJSU) tracks.
At the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Jenner achieved five personal bests on the first day of the men's decathlon – a "home run" – despite being in second place behind Guido Kratschmer of West Germany.
"I really don't know how many offers we have," Wallach claimed.
"There are still unopened telegrams back at the hotel and you just can't believe the offers that poured in during the first two days." The publicity stunt was executed by team president/general manager Joe Axelson to mock the Kansas City Chiefs' yearly claims that they planned on selecting “the best athlete available” in the National Football League Draft.
I went into that competition knowing that would be the last time I would ever do this."As a result of winning the Olympic decathlon, Jenner became a national hero and received the James E.
Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in the United States and was also named the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year in 1976.
(Video on You Tube @) This prompted the Eugene Register-Guard to ask: "Who's Jenner?
At the time, Jenner's agent George Wallach felt there was a four-year window – until the next Olympics – upon which to capitalize.
Wallach reported that Jenner was being considered for the role of Superman, which ultimately went to Christopher Reeve.
He and wife, Chrystie, are so high up on the pedestal of American heroism, it would take a crane to get them down."After the expected Olympic success, Jenner planned to cash in on whatever celebrity status could follow a gold medal in the same mold as Johnny Weissmuller and Sonja Henie, who had become major movie stars following their gold medals.
This would require forgoing any future Olympic competition.