Quinn will help lead another Canada push for the Olympic podium after a disappointing 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup. | FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

Canadian soccer fans are breathing a little easier with the Olympics ahead. When the roster for Canada’s defending Olympic champion women’s side was announced Monday, Quinn’s name was on the roster.

There was a concern that the first-ever out nonbinary and trans Olympic medalist would be left on the docks due to injury. Quinn missed the SheBelieves Cup for Canada due to concussion protocol after an injury in a NWSL match while playing for their pro club, OL Reign. When they returned to play for OL Reign, they suffered a knee injury in an April 29 match against the North Carolina Courage.

Quinn would be out at least a month from early reports, and a lot would depend on their form if they could return prior to the selection date.

“The good news is that everyone watching Quinn was worried about ACL or long, long-term. Thankfully, it wasn’t that,” Canada Head Coach Bev Priestman said to Canadian Soccer Daily on May 23. “Quinn could make the Olympic roster. Don’t get me wrong, it would be tight. I’ll be waiting as long as I can to make the roster.”

Three years ago, Quinn made history by helping Canada win a first-ever gold, and becoming the first out nonbinary and trans athlete to win an Olympic medal (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Quinn’s returned to action for OL Reign June 16, and they played 45 minutes in a tie against the Portland Thorns.

A week later they played 86 minutes in a draw with Racing Louisville. Over the weekend, they went wire-to-wire for 99 minutes in a draw with Gotham City FC and apparently showed enough fitness to get the nod.

At age 28, Quinn will compete in their third Olympic Games. They are considered a mainstay of Canada’s midfield and a veteran leader for a Canada team heading into their first major tournament without longtime captain and team stalwart Christine Sinclair.

The two-time Outsports Nonbinary Athlete of the Year won’t be alone as a Team LGBTQ member on this squad. Defender Kadeisha Buchanan, a five-time Champions League winner at Lyon and with Women’s Super League side Chelsea, was also selected. It will be her third Olympics as well.