Olympic Athletes

Since the start of the modern Olympic Games in 1896, there has not been an athlete who was known to fit the description of an individual whom we might consider transgender today. In fact, no openly trans athlete has ever qualified to compete in the Olympics, although a number have tried. The International Olympic Committee (IOC), which oversees the games, has made it difficult and at times impossible for trans athletes to compete according to how they identify their gender. While no trans athlete has been out when they competed in the Olympics, one of the most famous U.S. gold medalists, Caitlyn Jenner, made worldwide headlines when she disclosed her gender identity in 2015. But for all the attention that Jenner has received, her place ...

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