Nike Ad Featuring First Transgender Athlete to Qualify for US National Team to Air During Olympics

By Melanie Arter | August 9, 2016 | 3:46pm EDT
Chris Mosier, first transgender athlete to qualify for a U.S. national team (Screenshot)

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is praising Nike for a new ad that will air during the Olympics on NBC, featuring “the first transgender athlete to qualify for a U.S. national team.”

The ad shows Chris Mosier, who earned a spot on the Team USA sprint duathlon men’s squad, running through the streets.



“Chris is the first transgender athlete to make the men’s national team,” the ad says.

A voice asks, “Hey, Chris. How’d you know you’d be fast enough to compete against men?”

“I didn’t,” Chris responds.

“Or strong enough?” the voice asks.

“I didn’t,” Chris responds again.

“Yeah, but how’d you know the team would accept you?” the voice asks.

“I didn’t,” Chris says again.

“Or that you’d even be allowed to compete?” the voice asks.

“I didn’t,” Chris replies.

“That must have been tough. Didn’t you ever just want to give up?” the voice asks.

“Yeah! But I didn’t!” Chris says.

“Unlimited Courage. Just do it,” the ad says.

“Nike is an industry leader in the fight for LGBTQ equality, earning top marks on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index for over a decade, supporting marriage equalityspeaking out against discriminatory legislation and supporting the Equality Act.” the Human Rights Campaign said on its website.

“HRC congratulates Mosier on this immense honor and thanks Nike for sharing Mosier’s inspiring story,” it stated.

According to HRC, Mosier founded, “a resource for students, athletes, coaches, and administrators to find information about trans inclusion in athletics at various levels of play.”

According to an Aug. 2, 2016 Rolling Stone article, “at a Team USA qualifying race in North Carolina in June (which decides the 2017 roster), Mosier couldn't even use the restroom due to the currently standing HB2 law.”

Mosier became a competitive triathlete and duathlete after college, according to Rolling Stone. The duathlon features a run-bike-run format. The triathlon is comprised of the swim-bike-run competition.

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