Team USA qualifier: sprint triathlon

IMG_1946The USA Triathlon World Championship Draft Legal Qualifier race was in New Orleans. I thought, it’s ben a while since I did a triathlon… why not?

 

Well, despite forgetting to switch my cleats on my bike shoes and doing the whole race in my Nikes (even on my Speed Play pedals in the bike segment), it still ended up okay:

3rd place Age Group

3rd spot on Team USA

and now, a Team USA Triathlete!IMG_1930IMG_1950IMG_1924IMG_1938

Nike ad: Unlimited Courage

AHHHHHHH! I’m in a Nike ad! My childhood dream has come true!

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Chris Mosier is featured in the “Unlimited Courage” film, an installment in the Nike “Unlimited” Campaign, which includes the “Unlimited Future” film, “Unlimited You” film and the company’s recent series of athlete shorts, with more to come through the month of August, hails both the everyday athletes and the champion athletes who regularly push their limits — and who are poised to prove their unlimited potential this summer and beyond.

“Unlimited Courage” celebrates an extraordinary athlete, Chris Mosier, and his unlimited determination and spirit to become the first openly trans athlete to earn a spot on a U.S. men’s national team.

See the ad here.

NBA moves all-star game from North Carolina

As a transgender athlete, I applaud the NBA’s decision to stand by their stated values of diversity, inclusion, and respect for all people. In May, I traveled to North Carolina myself to make my second US National Team. It was not my favorite race experience, due in large part to the perceived threat and potential harm I could have been faced with simply by existing in that state.

When a person knows they may be discriminated against, a space is unsafe. While the Hornet organization and the city of Charlotte were reportedly making safe and inclusive spaces, it’s not possible to erase the concerns of transgender fans in that state with the policies that are in place. There become no safe spaces; transgender people and trans athletes are at risk every day in the state. North Carolina is among the worst states in the country for transgender high school and college athletes, as well as other trans and gender non-conforming people.

There is a difference between putting something in your company vision and living by your words. By pulling out of North Carolina, the NBA showed they are, in fact, walking the walk, and I appreciate it. With any luck, other organizations like NCAA will withdraw their events as well.

 

Body Issue & ESPYs Pre-Party

Tuesday night was the ESPN The Magazine Body Issue release party and the pre-ESPY Awards celebration at The Avalon in Los Angeles. It was my first time on the red carpet at an event – what a weird experience! Basically it’s standing in two or three spots and looking at 8-10 cameras while photographers call for your attention. All the while, I was trying to not look silly, and a big part of that is figuring out: do I not smile? Do I smile? Do I just smize? 🙂

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Well, I did it! And it turned out okay!

It was also the first time I saw the Body Issue in print, which was very cool. I’m thrilled this moment was captured by Getty Images:

at the BODY at ESPYS Event on July 12th at Avalon Hollywood.

And my brother was behind the photographers, catching a bit of that as well.

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I also got a chance to talk to some reporters about trans inclusion in sports. While I was talking, Dwanye Wade, Gabrielle Union, and Greg Louganis all hit the red carpet, which was both awesome and inspired me to hurry up and get out of the way!

Inside the club, huge projections of the Body Issue athletes were around the room, and smaller framed print outs were hung around the entry and the upstairs rooms. It was cool to see everyone’s alternate photos – they were all stunning – and to see all of the people there to celebrate.

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The live entertainment was Bell Biv Devoe, which was a blast from the past. I saw a bunch of people I have admired for years and didn’t talk to any of them, and saw loads of new stars – some I knew and some I didn’t know until watching Sports Center the next day – and didn’t talk to many of them either. Most of the groups of famous people stuck within their group, from what I saw. I was trying to find a balance between being honored and a fan, and decided to play it cool. It was phenomenal people watching!!

In all, it was a great experience. And I learned that there is much for me to learn about other sports since I haven’t watched TV in many, many, many years except for on an occasional plane ride.

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The Body Issue

The online version of my Body Issue feature is up online, and the print issue has different photos. Very excited about all of them – the whole collection, from the video to the behind the scenes photos – is amazing. Photo by Benedict Evans. Grooming by Brandie Hopstein.

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See it all here:

http://espn.go.com/olympics/story/_/page/bodychrismosier/duathlete-chris-mosier-breaking-barriers-repping-team-usa-body-issue-2016