Quinn, 25, one of three transgender and/or nonbinary athletes participating in the Olympics, became the first-ever openly transgender and nonbinary athlete not only to win gold but to medal at all in the Olympic Games.
“Athletics is the most exciting part of my life and it brings me the most joy,” Quinn told CBC on Monday. “If I can allow kids to play the sports they love, that’s my legacy and that’s what I’m here for.” Monday’s semifinal win over the United States Women’s National Team was Canada’s first win over its North American rival in 20 years.
Quinn told CBC Sports that they’ve been “getting messages from young people saying they’ve never seen a trans person in sports before.” “I feel sad knowing there were Olympians before me unable to live their truth because of the world. I feel optimistic for change. Change in legislature. Changes in rules, structures, and mindsets.”
Quinn continued: “Mostly, I feel aware of the realities. Trans girls being banned from sports. Trans women facing discrimination and bias while trying to pursue their Olympic dreams. The fight isn’t close to over… and I’ll celebrate when we’re all here.”
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