Transgender BMX rider for Team USA reportedly vowed to ‘burn’ US flag on medal podium
Chelsea Wolfe, a BMX freestyle rider who represents the United States in the Tokyo Olympics this year, said back in 2020 that her goal was to win a medal just so she can burn the U.S. flag in front of the whole world.
“My goal is to win the Olympics so I can burn a US flag on the podium. This is what they focus on during a pandemic. Hurting trans children,” Wolfe wrote on Facebook last year, along with a link about a story on Trumps stance on transgender women in female athletics.
Wolfe identifies as a transgender woman.
She told the media that the now-deleted post does not mean she does not care for her country.
“Anyone who thinks that I don’t care about the United States is sorely mistaken,” the athlete told Fox News. “One of the reasons why I work so hard to represent the United States in international competition is to show the world that this country has morals and values, that it’s not all of the bad things that we’re known for. I take a stand against fascism because I care about this country and I’m not going to let it fall into the hands of fascists after so many people have fought and sacrificed to prevent fascism from taking hold abroad. As a citizen who wants to be proud of my home country, I’m sure as hell not going to let it take hold here.”
Reportedly, Wolfe also made a joke about blowing up former president Donald Trump’s head.
“I would never say that someone should explode the head of the president. That would be illegal,” Wolfe wrote in a Facebook comments section according to a screenshot posted by journalist Miles Cheong. “But I will say ‘with dynamite.’ Because that’s just a sentence fragment and doesn’t actually mean anything. It’s not necessarily related to the sentence that came before it.”
The transgender competitor also shared her thoughts about what it’s like to compete as such.
“I searched for so long trying to find out if there had ever been a professional trans bmx rider to show me that who I am would be okay and unfortunately I found no one,” Wolfe wrote on on social media earlier this month. “Eventually I started to meet some amazing women who helped me accept that I am a woman just like any other and that I deserve a place to exist in the world just like everyone else.”
International Olympic Committee policy has certain conditions under which people who ‘transition’ from male to female are allowed to compete in female sports.
One of the conditions is that the athlete must have declared her gender identity as female and that they cannot walk back on that for a minimum of 4 years.
They also need to have a specific testosterone level measurement for at least 1 year before entering their first competition.
The policy also states the following:
“The overriding sporting objective is and remains the guarantee of fair competition.”
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