Auctioned Torch a Reminder of Caitlyn Jenner’s Olympic Past

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DALLAS -- Between reality TV and the cover of Vanity Fair, it's easy to forget Caitlyn Jenner first rose to fame as a US Olympian, back when she identified as Bruce Jenner.

At the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, Jenner won a gold medal and set a world record in the decathlon.  The performance made Jenner an American icon, and when the US hosted the Games in '84, she was among those who carried the torch.

Now, Heritage Auctions is putting part of that Olympic history up for sale, auctioning off the torch Jenner carried in the relay.

Bidding on the torch has already begun online, and the folks at Heritage Auctions say they expect the price to be around $20,000 by the time it's sold.

"This is the first piece of Jenner memorabilia to come out since the big announcement," said Mike Provenzale from Heritage. "It still touches to how we first found out about her, which was Olympic greatness."

Since that big announcement, some folks have suggested the US Olympic Committee should strip Jenner of the gold medal since she was competing in the men's category.  The Committee responded by saying they would be willing to revise the record books and its Hall of Fame by changing Jenner's first name to Caitlyn.

"It's great to have someone like that, who's representing people who haven't really had a face," said Provenzale. "And in many ways carrying the torch for those people in their fight."

Hey, if you want to own this torch -- and you've got 20 grand to spare -- the live auction is July 31 in Chicago.

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