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Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Bruce Jenner

By Jae-Ha Kim, Tribune Media Services on

After winning the gold medal in the decathlon at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Bruce Jenner figured he'd be recognizable for a few years before fading out of the public's eyes. Little did he know that three decades later, he would be instantly recognizable to a new generation of fans who knew of him not only as an Olympian, but as Kim Kardashian's stepfather. Jenner, 62, appears on the reality series "Keeping Up with the Kardashians." This summer, he's also the E! News special correspondent for the Olympic Games in London.

Q. What are some of your most memorable travel memories?

A. My first time out of the country was to Europe for the 1972 Games, so that made the Munich Olympics pretty special. I came out of nowhere to make the team in 1972. It was so unexpected that I didn't even have a passport. I had never been out of the country before. I was living in Connecticut and had to call the governor so that he could help expedite my passport, which I needed within two weeks. I was 22 years old and really knew nothing about what was going on in the world.

Q. Were you fearful for your own safety during the Munich massacre?

A. It happened in the building next to me, but I never really felt in danger. It was kind of interesting. Today if that happened, they would've evacuated the entire village. Back then, they just cordoned off that one area. We could walk around and some of us went to where the Puerto Rican team was and we snuck onto the porch and put our heads up over the railing and there was a terrorist maybe 20 yards away with a gun. I had to compete the day after. I wound up in 10th place and went home.

Q. What is your favorite vacation destination?


A. Every country has beautiful scenery and things to see. But I don't think I've ever been to a nicer, more friendly place than New Zealand. I tend to judge a country by its people, and the people there are so friendly and nice. I spent a week in Christchurch and soaked everything in. They love America and speak the same language, which is a plus for me. I like Australia, too, but I've always felt that the difference between those two countries is that Australia is kind of like a big city, whereas New Zealand is more like a small town. I like that small town feel.

Q. Where do you enjoy going in the United States?

A. I love taking my two youngest girls to Wyoming every summer to my sister's ranch. My brother-in-law's family owns the Moose Head Ranch (, which is a working guest ranch.

Q. People tend to love or hate the Kardashians. Have you had any issues when you're on the road because of the way you're portrayed on the series?


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