History is Made: The First Man Tries Out for the Women's Olympics, and the Results May Stun You

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FILE – In this Feb. 7, 2019 file photo, Bloomfield High School transgender athlete Terry Miller, second from left, wins the final of the 55-meter dash over transgender athlete Andraya Yearwood, far left, and other runners in the Connecticut girls Class S indoor track meet at Hillhouse High School in New Haven, Conn. Three Connecticut girls who participate on high school track teams have filed a federal discrimination complaint against a statewide policy on transgender athletes, saying it has cost them top finishes in competitions and possibly college scholarships. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb, File)




Well, he did it.

I’d written previously about Megan Youngren’s impending tryout for the Olympics, and in Atlanta Saturday, he took to the track for a ticket to the big games in Tokyo.

Surely to the surprise of many, the male runner identifying as a female runner won’t make it this year.

According to Pop Sugar magazine, of the 450 runners competing in the marathon, Megan came in 230th.

His time: 2:50:27.

Of course, there’s no shame in not getting in your first time.

However, one competitor — Molly Seidel — accomplished that very feat. Not only was it her first tryout; it was her first marathon.

Winners of those Tokyo tickets on the women’s side include first-place finisher Aliphine Tuliamuk (2:27:23), first-time marathoner Molly Seidel, and 2012 Olympian Sally Kipyego. Yep, you read that right: Molly had never competed at 26.2 miles before the Olympic trials.

Here’s Molly:


Did she show up thinking it was a swimming event?

Moving on, as I noted on the 13th, 28-year-old Megan was set to go down in history.

And he did, as stated by The Daily Wire:

Youngren, who is biologically male, is the first openly transgender athlete to compete in the American Olympic trials for track and field. The transgender athlete “qualified for the trials after a strong performance on Dec. 8, 2019, in the California International Marathon,” according to the Daily Signal, and had hoped to make Olympic history by becoming the first transgender athlete to represent the United States in an Olympic track and field event.

If you’re wondering what the rules are for people competing with the opposite of their biological sex, here’s the 411:

Fearing that biologically male athletes could have an advantage over biologically female athletes in gender-specific events, the IOC mandated that male-to-female athletes must have declared that their gender identify is female for at least four years prior to competing for an Olympic slot and “must demonstrate that her total testosterone level in serum has been below 10 nmol/L for at least 12 months prior to her first competition (with the requirement for any longer period to be based on a confidential case-by-case evaluation, considering whether or not 12 months is a sufficient length of time to minimize any advantage in women’s competition).”


Despite Megan’s miss-out, in the land of the rising sun, history might still be made: Three other men identifying as women are hoping to see it through for the books.

As relayed by Reuters, BMX freestyler Chelsea Wolfe aims to “[make] history as the first transgender athlete to compete in the Games.”

The 26-year-old’s psyched to make a move:

“I would be getting to be the person that I needed to see when I was younger, which is — I mean that would be so important to me. To get to inspire kids to realize…that if they want it enough, they can earn it, and they’re not going to be stopped because of who they are.”

Also on the docket: volleyball player Tifanny Abreu and New Zealand powerlifter Laurel Hubbard.

I don’t know much (much = anything) about women’s weightlifting, but I’d say Laurel’s got more than a solid shot:

Not everyone online’s excited about a biological man seeking to destroy women lifters who’d otherwise have a chance at a potentially life-changing victory:



There was even this:

And here’s an extended video of Joe Rogan with thoughts (Language Warning):

But make no mistake about it — Laurel has a lot of support, as well:


So here come the Olympics — not only of sport, but of perspective. Who/which will take the Gold?

Personally, I’m a firm believer that every individual should present himself/herself however he/she sees fit. Life is precious, and you have only one; pursue all the good things you dream of, no matter what anyone else thinks.

Putting issues of self-discovery and transformation wholly aside, it seems to me that athletic competition — the comparing of height, weight, reach, stride, strength, quickness, and agility — is supremely influenced by one’s biological sex.

But the Olympics have chosen their rules and the big games await. And a new kind of history just might be made.



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