Every day this month, we’re looking back at our pioneers, the mark they left on our community and on the sports world, plus landmark events and stories that show Courage Is Contagious.
Today: We’re looking back at June 6, 2015, when transgender endurance athlete Chris Mosier earned a spot on Team USA to compete in the sprint duathlon at the 2016 World Championship in Spain.
He was the first, and yes: “he/him/his” are his pronouns.
Five years ago, trans man Chris Mosier competed alongside cisgender men and finished 37th in the overall men’s category of the sprint duathlon out of 117 competitors, with a time of 1:02:45.48.
But he finished seventh in his men’s 35-39 category, and as one of the top eight finishers, he was named to the national team.
In so doing, Mosier became the first out transgender athlete to earn a spot on Team USA, which he told Outsports was his “number one goal” for 2015.
“Many transgender athletes stop competing when they transition categories” he said. “I want people to know it is possible to maintain an identity as an athlete and transition. When I was considering transition, I did not see transgender men competing at a high level in the way I aspired to compete. I am excited to be a visible example for other trans athletes or people considering a medical transition.”