Jenner back at trials, complete with camera crew

Associated Press Modified: June 22, 2012 at 9:02 pm •  Published: June 22, 2012
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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Bruce Jenner was back on the track and the cameras following him all around.

It was just like old times.

Only, the cameras were interested in Jenner the reality TV star, not Jenner the former decathlon star.

His two worlds collided Friday night at the U.S. Olympic trials when he arrived at Hayward Field for the first time in three decades. He was an instant hit with the crowd.

Then again, he always has been and now a new audience is paying attention as well.

Although Jenner set world records, won at the 1976 Montreal Olympics and graced the front of a Wheaties box, these days he's best known for his role in the TV show, "Keeping Up with the Kardashians." The reality series focuses on the personal lives of Jenner's family, which includes the celebrity Kardashian sisters — Kourtney, Kim and Khloe.

Jenner was at trials as part of a tribute to the 100th anniversary of the modern decathlon, when Jim Thorpe won the 10-event discipline in 1912. Also on hand were Rafer Johnson (1960 gold medalist) along with Dan O'Brien and Dave Johnson of the famed "Dan and Dave" promotion by Reebok.

But Jenner stole the show.

The last time he was in Eugene was before the '76 Olympic trials, just trying to secure his spot on the U.S. team. He ended up setting a world record.

"My entire family, 65 people, had already bought tickets to Montreal," Jenner said. "They planned their vacation to go to Montreal, got their RVs and were picking up little Jenners along the way. But nobody bought me a ticket. I had to come to Eugene and earn my ticket, just to ensure that I was able to visit my family in Montreal."