Chris Mosier became the first publicly transgender man to make a U.S. national team, according to Vice Sports. Mosier, founder of TransAthlete, came in 37th out of 117 competitors at the Duathlon National Championships earlier this June in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Mosier clocked a time of 1:02:45.48 in the sprint duathlon, which includes two running segments and one biking leg. His time qualified him to represent the United States at the 2016 World Championships in Spain. The top eight competitors in the men’s 35-to-39 age group earned spots on the national team for the 2016 World Championships. Mosier placed seventh.
Mosier was born a woman and began entering triathlons in 2009 as a female, but he transitioned and ran his first race as a male in 2010, Vice reports. “I’ve gotten more and more competitive in the male age group, working toward the elite level,” Mosier told the Advocate. “My hope is that athletes who are questioning their gender identity can see me and hear my story and know they don’t have to give up their identity as an athlete to live authentically.”