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Chris Mosier knew from the age of four that his gender identity (male) and biological sex (female) didn’t align.
The transgender athlete is featured in a new Nike commercial that debuted this week.
Mosier, who was born a female, said he knew he didn’t feel as though he was competing as his authentic self in female athletics.
The 35-year-old began transitioning five or six years ago.
“I didn’t know if I would be competitive against men; I just did it,” Mosier said. “Every success that I’ve had since then has shown me that anything is really possible.”
He proved that in 2015 when he became the first openly trans athlete to earn a spot on a U.S. national team. He finished seventh in the sprint duathlon.
In a statement released by Nike, Mosier said, “Being the first trans man on a U.S. men’s national team was a dream come true for me. I always wanted my name on a jersey. To represent our country at the highest level, in my sport, is just outstanding. It’s just such an amazing opportunity — and an amazing opportunity for other people to see themselves reflected in someone succeeding in sports as a trans man.”
The commercial features Mosier answering a series of questions from an announcer including “How did you know you’ve be fast enough to compete against men? Or strong enough? How’d you know the team would accept you? Or that you’d even be allowed to compete?”
Mosier answered every question with “I didn’t.”
The commercial ends with the announcer asking, “Didn’t you ever just want to give up?”
“Yeah, but I didn’t,” Mosier responded.
The commercial premiered this week during primetime coverage of the 2016 Summer Olympics. (For the record, duathlon is not an Olympic sport.)
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Hey Chris, how did you respond to all of the great messages & feedback? "I didn't!" (lots of messages – thank you all for your support!)
— The Chris Mosier (@TheChrisMosier) August 10, 2016