Thrower Could Become First Transgender US Olympian
June 21, 2012 by Eric Cameron, Digital Media Specialist
The U.S. Olympic Track & Field trials kicked off this morning at Nike World Headquarters in Oregon. Keelin Godsey is one of 24 athletes competing for three positions in the women’s hammer throw.
Godsey identifies as a man and began his gender identity transition during his senior year at Bates College. He earned 16 all-American awards and the NCAA Division III title in the women’s hammer throw.
If Godsey places in the top three at today’s trials, he will become the first openly transgender U.S. Olympic athlete in any sport. In 2004 the International Olympic Committee ruled that transgender athletes could compete in the Olympic games. According to the New York Times, Godsey has stalled his medical transition until after the completion of his Olympic run.
The hammer throw trials begin today at 11:15 am PDT.
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