I was 9 when he won the gold medal in the decathlon in the 1976 summer Olympics. He rapidly became an icon; I specifically remember the Wheaties box with him on the cover, above.
Inevitably his star faded over the years. He married some beautiful women, had kids, and wound up on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” a show I’ve managed never to see. God and DirecTV willing, I never will.