Caitlyn Jenner breaks down as she remembers track coach

Caitlyn Jenner breaks down as she remembers track coach

Caitlyn Jenner broke down in tears as she remembered a coach who was influential in her life.

The US star was born Bruce, and was an Olympic gold medal-winning decathlete, before coming out as a trans woman when she was in her late 60s.

She started to cry and had to be consoled by her I’m A Celebrity campmates as she told them about her college track coach, LD Weldon, who has since died.

“It wasn’t just track stuff, it was knowledge, about life,” she said. “And he was a really good person.”

Jenner went on: “He had so many athletes throughout his career, but he said to me that I was truly the greatest athlete he’d ever coached, and that meant a lot to me, a lot.”

Ian Wright (ITV)
Ian Wright (ITV)

Ian Wright also became emotional as he told the camp about his teacher, Mr Pigden, who took him aside and talked to him about behaving when he was disruptive in class.

“He was someone I could talk to all the time,” he said.

“When he realised I could play football, he used to say the beautiful goals are the ones that goalkeepers can’t save, he used to say that’s what I had to do.

“When I was at Arsenal running, I would always think about him, and I showed him my England cap.”

“If it wasn’t for him… I know I wouldn’t be where I am, I think about him every day,” he said.

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! continues on ITV.

More on this topic

James Haskell thanks fans as he enjoys pizza and beer after I’m A Celebrity exitJames Haskell thanks fans as he enjoys pizza and beer after I’m A Celebrity exit

Third contestant eliminated from I’m A CelebrityThird contestant eliminated from I’m A Celebrity

Nadine Coyle says Louis Walsh made her try out for Girls AloudNadine Coyle says Louis Walsh made her try out for Girls Aloud

Viewers agree as I’m A Celebrity campers take a shine to Ant and DecViewers agree as I’m A Celebrity campers take a shine to Ant and Dec

More in this Section

Phoebe Waller-Bridge reveals how she pitched Fleabag role to Andrew ScottPhoebe Waller-Bridge reveals how she pitched Fleabag role to Andrew Scott

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson pretty in pink for Jumanji premiere in LondonDwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson pretty in pink for Jumanji premiere in London

Kevin Hart ‘feeling good’ after car crash left him badly injuredKevin Hart ‘feeling good’ after car crash left him badly injured

Kim Kardashian West wishes son Saint happy birthday with touching Instagram postKim Kardashian West wishes son Saint happy birthday with touching Instagram post


Lifestyle

The Marquee in Cork dominated the gig news this week, with a string of announcements for what is expected to be the final year at the Monahan Road venue before the site is developedScene + Heard: The most played artist on Spotify and all the latest music news

Esther N McCarthy picks perfect paperweights, brilliant books and Christmas collectables this week.Brilliant books and Christmas collectables - here's our wish list

John Spillane tells Ellie O’Byrne how he’s hoping to fund his next album by taking the bardic route of writing unique compositions for people on whatever they’d like‘I’ll write you a song for €1,000' - John Spillane's unique way to fund new album

From starring in a Cork-set film, to securing a role in Ridley Scott’s major new HBO series, it has been quite a year for Niamh Algar, writes Esther McCarthyIreland’s next big thing: Niamh Algar on her incredible year

More From The Irish Examiner