The push to National Coming Out Day 2020 for Outsports continues with a special conversation with American Olympic BMX hopeful Chelsea Wolfe, about being a trans athlete and making a bid for an Olympic berth. She joined us on Instagram Live Monday night for a riveting conversation with Outsports contributor Karleigh Chardonnay Webb.
Wolfe began her career in BMX racing before making the switch to BMX freestyle in 2019 and promptly entered UCI World Cup competition. She had a podium breakthrough last October with a 3rd place effort at the USA Cycling BMX Freestyle National Championships, which put her on the radar for a chance at representing the United States in Tokyo next summer.
Wolfe says part of her motivation has been the dearth of trans role models in sports. “When the opportunity arose to start my career, I realized that if there is going to be that person who blazes a trail it’s going to have to be me,” Wolfe told our Cyd Zeigler during an appearance on the Five Rings To Rule Them All podcast last December. “So as far as being visible as a trans athlete, what I do love is I get to be the person I needed when I was younger, which is very healing for me.”
Click here to watch Outsports contributor Karleigh Chardonnay Webb’s conversation with Chelsea Wolfe: