Congratulations go to Team USA member Chris Mosier who made history as the first openly transgender man to compete on a men’s U.S. national team at the Sprint Duathlon World Championship race June 5 in Aviles, Spain.
The race consisted of a 5k run, 21k bike, 2.8k run and Mosier, who placed 26 out of 47 men in the 35-39 age group, was the second fastest American male in the category. And overall he placed 146 out of 433 men competing.
What makes this event even more impressive is the fact that in order for Mosier to be able to compete with his fellow-teammates, he had to challenge the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) original restrictive competition policy for transgender athletes. How appropriate that Mosier is now the first transgender athlete to compete under the IOC’s new policy.
“I am proud of this moment, not only for my own athletic career, but also for the sports equality movement as a whole,” said Mosier. “This opens the doors for other transgender athletes. I am excited that others can see this moment and know it is possible to continue to compete at a high level while being your authentic self.”
Mosier is Compete Magazine’s 2013 Mark Bingham Athlete of the Year.
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