Quinn Guaranteed To be First Trans Person To Win Olympic Medal | 22 Words

A Canadian footballer is set to break records by becoming the first openly transgender athlete to win a medal at the Olympics.

Twenty-five-year-old Quinn will take part in the final against Sweden on Friday, August 6 at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. They will become the first-ever trans and non-binary person to win a medal, guaranteed to bring home either silver or gold.

Quinn, who goes by one name, became the first openly transgender Olympic athlete after taking part in a Canadian women's football team's match against Japan which ended 1-1 on July 21.



The football star had represented their country in the 2016 Olympics but only came out as transgender last year. And while they were immensely proud to be part of the Olympics, they also said they're "aware of the realities" that many trans athletes face.

In an Instagram post, they said: "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."

"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," Quinn added.

Tokyo Olympics 2020 has seen 2 other transgender athletes take part in the games: New Zealand's Laurel Hubbard and American BMX cyclist Chelsea Wolfe.

Hubbard made history on August 2 by competing on stage in the women's +87kg category, however, failed to complete any of her three snatch lifts, seeing her Olympic journey come to an end.

This Olympics has been historic when it comes to LGBTQ+ support, with three transgender and non-binary athletes competing in their respective sports for the first time in the history of the international games.



"This was a historic week for transgender and non-binary athletes in the Olympics, showing once again that transgender athletes can and do participate at the highest level of sports without incident," said Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David.

"As with all athletes, some succeeded in achieving their goals while others did not. Regardless of whether or not they medaled, the transgender and non-binary athletes who have joined the world stage in this year's Olympics have set an example of what trans and non-binary young people can aspire to, proving once again that representation matters and young people deserve role models in every walk of life."

This year's Olympic Games saw the largest contingent of LGBTQ+ Olympic athletes who mark up more than 160 athletes, more than 3 times the number at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

"[I'm] getting messages from young people saying they've never seen a trans person in sports before," Quinn told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. after the 1-0 victory against the US. "Athletics is the most exciting part of my life. … If I can allow kids to play the sports they love, that's my legacy and that's what I'm here for."