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Trans BMXer Chelsea Wolfe named USA reserve athlete, will travel to the Olympics

Jeff Zielinski Chelsea Wolfe will travel with Team USA to the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, the first trans American athlete to do so. Chelsea Wolfe today was named a reserve athlete for the United States in BMX Freestyle and will travel to Tokyo for the Summer Olympic Games, Outsports has learned.

It’s an historic designation for Wolfe, who has been intentionally visible as a trans athlete as she has worked hard through her quest to earn this spot. Wolfe earned a fifth-place finish at the World Championships earlier this week, as previously reported by Outsports’ Karleigh Webb, locking in her role as the reserve athlete for the United States.

“By merely reaching this point in the process you are a role model, a visible symbol and an ambassador of our sport,” said the invitation letter from USA Cycling. “You can be proud of all that you have accomplished in pursuit of the 2020 Olympic Games Team.”

While some athletes may see missing an official spot competing at the Olympic Games as a disappointment, for Wolfe being named the team’s reserve athlete is a huge accomplishment. Being an out trans woman in that position is not lost on her.

“It’s honestly slowly processing […]

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