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Dan Patrick: Are you still the world's greatest athlete?
Bruce Jenner: I didn't have to give the medal back, so I guess I would be considered that. But you obviously haven't seen my golf swing.
DP: I believe one of your daughters' boyfriends wanted you to wear the medal as bling.
BJ: He also wanted me to put diamonds around the outside. I thought, You know what, that's probably a pretty cool idea. But this is why you win gold medals: In 2000 I'm sitting with my two little girls and we're watching a gold medal ceremony. And I say, "Daddy's got one of those." So we run upstairs and open up the safe and bring it down. Then for the next week, every night we had to take the medal out so they could wear it while they watched the Games.
DP: Is Michael Phelps the world's greatest athlete now?
BJ: No. He's the world's greatest swimmer. Michael Jordan is a phenomenal athlete, but basketball is not a standardized test of a person's athletic ability. The decathlon is. The basis of athletics is the ability to run, jump and throw. The decathlon tests that.
DP: If I said, Yeah, Bruce, let me train Kobe or Jordan or LeBron to be a decathlete....
BJ: They'd die. They couldn't do it.