Chris Mosier: First Trans Man to Race in Olympic Trials

Known for his groundbreaking achievements in sports, Chris Mosier, continues to set new benchmarks for transgender athletes worldwide. A 6x member of Team USA in duathlon & triathlon and 2x National Champion in Race Walking in 2019, Mosier can now add first transgender man to qualify to compete in the Olympic Trials in the gender in which he identifies.

Mosier joined other 2020 U.S. Olympic hopefuls on Saturday at Town Center Parkway in Santee, California to compete in the 50km U.S. Olympic Team Trials Race Walk. The three top finishers earned the right to represent Team USA at the Summer Olympics, if they meet the qualification standards set by the International Association of Athletics Federations.

Chris Mosier at the 50km U.S. Olympic Team Trials Race Walk | Photo Credit Chris Mosier Instagram

Mosier was unable to finish what would have been an historic qualifying race. He reached out to fans via Instagram to explain that he made the tough choice to pull out due to a knee injury. He has been fighting the leg pain for some time and opted for watching much of the race with an estimated crowd of more than 1,500 spectators. He is currently looking for alternative ways to heal the torn meniscus but says surgery may ultimately be the only option.

“I can’t downplay the significance of starting the race or the fact that I only started racewalking seven months ago and have done only two races prior – a pretty awesome beginning to my new sport,” shared Mosier.

He started training in racewalking in May 2019 and was ranked 12th by January 2020.

As an athlete and advocate Mosier has made a career of firsts. He was the first transgender athlete to make a men’s US National Team, first transgender athlete in the ESPN Body Issue, and first transgender athlete sponsored by Nike. He will no doubt continue to add to his list of honors and accolades.

“Be who you needed when you were younger.”  – Chris Mosier

As the creator of the website a resource for students, athletes, coaches, and administrators to find information about trans inclusion in athletics; Mosier is the “go to” source for policy and information regarding trans inclusion in sports as conversations, litigation, and policy changes are being discussed and new laws are being presented and backed by legislators. This is a current hot issue as 6 states consider legislation to restrict transgender student athletes.

Chris Mosier

When Mosier isn’t competing, he shares his extraordinary ability to motivate others by speaking at schools, universities, events, corporations, and Pride events. His presentations have a unique way of providing education and inspiration that connects with every individual.

The knee injury is just a setback. “This isn’t the end – on the contrary, this is very early in this new chapter. And I will say now with confidence: this is not my last race or last Olympic Trials,” asserted Mosier. “Buckle up – we’re going to fix this knee and really let it rock!”

To book Chris to speak for your company or organization or to keep up with what he has going on you can find him at or follow him on Instagram at thechrismosier.

Terry Willits

Trans Speak's Editor-in-Chief is an international mixed media artist, writer, LGBTQ advocate, coffee snob, dog dad, and FTM transgender - but not necessarily in that order, who practices what he posts. A native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; he now does the writing thing from St. Louis, Missouri. You should check out his work - it's recommended by 4 out of 5 people that recommend stuff.

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