Nowadays, most people may primarily think of Bruce Jenner as the stepdad of the Kardashian sisters. But 36 years ago, Jenner was America's most notable Olympic hero -- winning the decathlon at the Montreal games. That helped launch a career in show biz that has lasted to this day. So, as this year's games get under way, let's recall these five notable TV achievements of Jenner (who will be in London covering the Olympics for E!).

1. BATTLE OF THE NETWORK STARS (1978)

He co-hosted (with Howard Cosell and Suzanne Somers) ABC's cheesy competition in which teams of actors from each of the three networks competed in sporting contests ranging from bowling to kayaking.

2. GRAMBLING'S WHITE TIGER (1981)

Jenner starred in this TV movie based on the true story of Jim Gregory, a young white man who goes to a historically black college to be the football team's starting quarterback.

3. CHiPS (1981)

Jenner appeared in several episodes in the fall of 1981 playing Officer Steve McLeish as a temporary fill-in for Erik Estrada, who was in a salary dispute with NBC. When the issue was resolved, Jenner was off the show.

4. I'M A CELEBRITY ... GET ME OUT OF HERE! (2003)

Based on a popular British series, this reality show was basically "Celebrity Survivor." Jenner and other "celebs" (Robin Leach, Melissa Rivers, Stuttering John Melendez) were stranded in the Australian outback, where they had to outwit and outplay their fellow D-listers. He did not win.

5. SKATING WITH CELEBRITIES (2006)

On Fox's ice-rink version of "Dancing With the Stars," Jenner was paired with Olympian Tai Babilonia. On episode 4, his toe pick caught on the ice while practicing spins and he fell face first, resulting in a cut above the eye that needed 16 stitches to close. He was eliminated the next week in a face-off.

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