Nike has released a new ad featuring Team USA duathlete and transgender advocate Chris Mosier to air during the Rio Olympics.
The first trans athlete to qualify for a US national team, the sports brand shows his ‘unlimited courage’ in the face of questions that could have led to many giving up.
‘How did you know you’d be fast enough to compete against men?’ he’s asked.
‘Or strong enough?’
‘How’d you know the team would accept you? Or that you’d even be allowed to compete?’
Keeping on going running , Mosier replies to each question: ‘I didn’t.’
And then when he’s asked: ‘Didn’t you ever want to give up?’ Mosier responds: ‘Yeah, but I didn’t’.
Mosier began competing as an out trans man qualified for Team USA in 2015.
The IOC ruled in January transgender athletes are eligible for competition without having undergone gender-affirming surgery.
While Mosier will not compete in the Olympics, as duathlon is not a sport at Rio, he will compete in the World Championships.
‘As a result of getting the Olympic policy changed, and being able to compete myself in the World Championship, now there are young people out there who are just falling in love with sports, who can be their authentic self and play the sports that they love, and potentially be in the Olympics and not have to negotiate their gender identity in order to play the sports that they love,’ he told ESPN.
Mosier is also the founder of Trans Athlete, a resource to find information about trans inclusion in athletics at various levels of play.
Watch the inspiring advert below:
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