Caitlyn Jenner says transitioning was much harder than training for Olympics.

Caitlyn Jenner has said that transitioning from male to female was “much harder” than training for the Olympic Games.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4 podcast Don’t Tell Me The Score, the former athlete, who won a gold medal in the Men's Decathlon at the 1976 Olympics, said that coming out as a transgender woman in 2015 was her greatest achievement.

The 70-year-old added that while her Olympic success was appreciated by many, her transition provoked “hatred”.

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“I trained 12 years for the Games. I trained 65 years to transition in 2015. It was harder to do, it was less accepted,” Jenner said.

“Everyone loved the Games, a lot of people when they see you transition hate your guts. Look at the quotes on Instagram. By far that was a lot more difficult.”

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1. Demi Lovato
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24 pieces of life advice from celebrities

6. Oprah Winfrey

1/24 6. Oprah Winfrey

“The thing you fear most has no power. Your fear of it is what has the power. Facing the truth really will set you free.”

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1. Demi Lovato

2/24 1. Demi Lovato

“No matter what you're going through, there's a light at the end of the tunnel and it may seem hard to get to it but you can do it and just keep working towards it and you'll find the positive side of things.”

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2. Bruce Lee

3/24 2. Bruce Lee

“It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.”

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3. Ziggy Marley

4/24 3. Ziggy Marley

“Doing something that is productive is a great way to alleviate emotional stress. Get your mind doing something that is productive.”

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4. Winnie The Pooh

5/24 4. Winnie The Pooh

“Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering.”

5. Lena Dunham

6/24 5. Lena Dunham

"I am certainly no self-help guru but here is what I know tonight: when you take the time and space you need, kindly and responsibly, you're suddenly available to the people you love in a whole new way."

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7. Barack Obama

7/24 7. Barack Obama

“If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress.”

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8. Michelle Obama

8/24 8. Michelle Obama

“One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don’t invest any energy in them, because I know who I am.”

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9. Lizzo

9/24 9. Lizzo

"I love you. You are beautiful and you can do anything."

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10. RuPaul

10/24 10. RuPaul

"The only thing wrong with me was that I thought there was something wrong with me."

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11. Maya Angelou

11/24 11. Maya Angelou

“You are the sum total of everything you've ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot - it's all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.”

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12. Stephen Fry

12/24 12. Stephen Fry

“It is the useless things that make life worth living and that make life dangerous too: wine, love, art, beauty. Without them life is safe, but not worth bothering with.”

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13. Meghan Markle

13/24 13. Meghan Markle

“Be able to delegate, because there are some things that you just can’t do by yourself.”

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14. Nelson Mandela

14/24 14. Nelson Mandela

“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”

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15. Haruki Murakami

15/24 15. Haruki Murakami

"And once the storm is over you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”

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16. CS Lewis

16/24 16. CS Lewis

“You Are Never Too Old To Set Another Goal Or To Dream A New Dream.”

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17. Audery Hepburn

17/24 17. Audery Hepburn

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'.”

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18. Ella Fitzgerald

18/24 18. Ella Fitzgerald

“Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong.”

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19. Billy Porter

19/24 19. Billy Porter

“For me, life is about being positive and hopeful, choosing to be joyful, choosing to be encouraging, choosing to be empowering.”

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20. Betty White

20/24 20. Betty White

“It's your outlook on life that counts. If you take yourself lightly and don't take yourself too seriously, pretty soon you can find the humor in our everyday lives. And sometimes it can be a lifesaver.”

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21. Drew Barrymore

21/24 21. Drew Barrymore

"Life is very interesting… in the end, some of your greatest pains, become your greatest strengths.”

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22. Jane Fonda

22/24 22. Jane Fonda

“It’s never too late – never too late to start over, never too late to be happy.”

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23. Jennifer Aniston

23/24 23. Jennifer Aniston

“There are no regrets in life. Just lessons.”

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24. Beyonce Knowles

24/24 24. Beyonce Knowles

"The reality is: sometimes you lose. And you’re never too good to lose. You’re never too big to lose. You’re never too smart to lose. It happens"

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6. Oprah Winfrey

1/24 6. Oprah Winfrey

“The thing you fear most has no power. Your fear of it is what has the power. Facing the truth really will set you free.”

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1. Demi Lovato

2/24 1. Demi Lovato

“No matter what you're going through, there's a light at the end of the tunnel and it may seem hard to get to it but you can do it and just keep working towards it and you'll find the positive side of things.”

Getty Images

2. Bruce Lee

3/24 2. Bruce Lee

“It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.”

Rex Features

3. Ziggy Marley

4/24 3. Ziggy Marley

“Doing something that is productive is a great way to alleviate emotional stress. Get your mind doing something that is productive.”

Getty

4. Winnie The Pooh

5/24 4. Winnie The Pooh

“Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering.”

5. Lena Dunham

6/24 5. Lena Dunham

"I am certainly no self-help guru but here is what I know tonight: when you take the time and space you need, kindly and responsibly, you're suddenly available to the people you love in a whole new way."

Getty Images

7. Barack Obama

7/24 7. Barack Obama

“If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress.”

AFP/Getty Images

8. Michelle Obama

8/24 8. Michelle Obama

“One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don’t invest any energy in them, because I know who I am.”

Getty

9. Lizzo

9/24 9. Lizzo

"I love you. You are beautiful and you can do anything."

Getty

10. RuPaul

10/24 10. RuPaul

"The only thing wrong with me was that I thought there was something wrong with me."

Getty Images

11. Maya Angelou

11/24 11. Maya Angelou

“You are the sum total of everything you've ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot - it's all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.”

EPA/JIM LO SCALZO

12. Stephen Fry

12/24 12. Stephen Fry

“It is the useless things that make life worth living and that make life dangerous too: wine, love, art, beauty. Without them life is safe, but not worth bothering with.”

Getty

13. Meghan Markle

13/24 13. Meghan Markle

“Be able to delegate, because there are some things that you just can’t do by yourself.”

Getty Images

14. Nelson Mandela

14/24 14. Nelson Mandela

“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”

Getty Images

15. Haruki Murakami

15/24 15. Haruki Murakami

"And once the storm is over you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”

Getty

16. CS Lewis

16/24 16. CS Lewis

“You Are Never Too Old To Set Another Goal Or To Dream A New Dream.”

Rex Features

17. Audery Hepburn

17/24 17. Audery Hepburn

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'.”

Getty

18. Ella Fitzgerald

18/24 18. Ella Fitzgerald

“Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong.”

Getty

19. Billy Porter

19/24 19. Billy Porter

“For me, life is about being positive and hopeful, choosing to be joyful, choosing to be encouraging, choosing to be empowering.”

Getty

20. Betty White

20/24 20. Betty White

“It's your outlook on life that counts. If you take yourself lightly and don't take yourself too seriously, pretty soon you can find the humor in our everyday lives. And sometimes it can be a lifesaver.”

Getty Images

21. Drew Barrymore

21/24 21. Drew Barrymore

"Life is very interesting… in the end, some of your greatest pains, become your greatest strengths.”

Getty

22. Jane Fonda

22/24 22. Jane Fonda

“It’s never too late – never too late to start over, never too late to be happy.”

Getty

23. Jennifer Aniston

23/24 23. Jennifer Aniston

“There are no regrets in life. Just lessons.”

Getty Images

24. Beyonce Knowles

24/24 24. Beyonce Knowles

"The reality is: sometimes you lose. And you’re never too good to lose. You’re never too big to lose. You’re never too smart to lose. It happens"

Getty Images

The former reality TV star, who previously appeared on Keeping Up With The Kardashians with now ex-wife Kris Jenner, also revealed that she believes her intense sports training was an attempt to run from gender dysphoria.

“A lot of the training was really running away from the issues I had,” Jenner admitted.

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“I remember getting up the next morning, didn’t have a stitch of clothes on, walking to the bathroom, medal sitting there on the table, put the medal around my neck, looking in the mirror and I go, ‘What have you just done? Am I stuck with this person the rest of my life?’ It was scary.”

Jenner added that while she has received a lot of support from the LGBT+ community, the criticism she has faced from trans-rights activists over her political views and support of US President Donald Trump “does hurt”.

“Has it been easy? Not even close,” she said.

“I’ve raised about $2.6m (£2m), given it away to trans organisations. A lot of them are extraordinarily appreciative of it. On the other hand they’re having their big fundraiser and say 'Oh please don’t show up you’re too controversial’.”

Jenner also shared her position on the debate regarding transgender athletes, saying that she believes the Olympic Committee was doing a “good job” and that trans people should be allowed to compete.

“The International Olympic Committee is the only organisation who have taken this issue seriously for many, many years,” Jenner said.

“I think the most important thing is people that are different, people that are dealing with trans issues and stuff like that – I think they deserve an opportunity to play sports.

“Sports was very, very good to me. We should not deny them of that opportunity."

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