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Jenner was more animated about attending a get-together before the Olympics in Germany that will gather most of the living medalists in the decathlon competition. He's curious about Mykola Avilov of the then-Soviet Union, the 1972 gold medalist and 1976 bronze winner, an intense rival whom he hasn't seen since they climbed down from the medal stand in Montreal.
In London, Jenner offers E! the unique perspective of knowing what it's like to stay in the Olympic village and prepare for competition. He's looking forward to meeting the athletes and sharing their stories about what it's like to compete on what, for many of them, will be the biggest stage of their lives.
"I would go to watch table tennis," he said, "because you know these are the best guys in the world and they're going for the Big One. It really doesn't make that much difference what the sport is. It's just the magnitude of the games."
E! won't be keeping track of the medal count. But if the network does its job right, McLellan said viewers will get a good sense of what it's like to be at the games. For E!, it's also a chance to demonstrate that its correspondents can do more than make small talk with stars on the red carpet, she said.
Jenner said his extended clan is staying home. At least, that's the plan.
"Who knows?" he said. "Some of them may just show up. That's usually the way it works -- `Oh, Bruce is over in England having so much fun, I'm going over to England with him.' All of a sudden, my room fills up with kids."
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