Chris Mosier is an athlete, coach, and educator, and the founder of TransAthlete.com. In 2020, he became the first known transgender athlete to compete in the Olympic Trials in the gender they identify. Chris is a two-time National Champion race walker after picking up the sport in early 2019.
In 2015, Chris became the first openly trans man to qualify to represent the United States in international competition when he qualified for the Sprint Duathlon team. He is a 6x member of Team USA in Sprint Duathlon, Long-Course Duathlon and Sprint Triathlon. As a Nike-sponsored athlete, Chris's Nike commercial debuted in prime time in the 2016 Rio Olympics. He was featured in the 2018 and 2019 Nike BETRUE campaigns.
In 2015, Chris was a catalyst for change in the International Olympic Committee policy on transgender athletes, and in 2016 he became the first trans man to compete against men in a World Championship race.
In 2016, Chris was named "Person of the Year" by Outsports, and was named to the OUT 100 list. He was also featured in the ESPN Body Issue. He has been featured in publications including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, ESPN The Magazine, Rolling Stone, and The Advocate as an out transgender athlete. He has spoken about LGBTQ inclusion in athletics and transgender topics at various companies and organizations, including ESPN & Disney, Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan Chase, NCAA, the LGBT Sports Summit, and more.
He won a silver medal in triathlon at the 2014 Gay Games. In 2014, Chris was inducted into the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame. He was also named to The Advocate Magazine's 40 Under 40 and the Trans 100 list, and was named 2014's Best Personal Trainer in the Northeast by Competitor Magazine. Chris was honored as the Athlete of the Year at the 2013 Compete Sports Diversity Awards, and was invited to the White House as an Emerging LGBT Leader in 2011. Chris is a four-time Ironman.
Chris is a thought-leader around the inclusion of transgender and LGBTQ+ people in sport and travels the country giving speeches, presentations, and workshops about his story and how to create more inclusive environments on and off the field. Previously, he was the Vice President of Program Development and Community Relations for You Can Play and Executive Director of GO! Athletes. Chris works to create policies, advocate for LGBTQ folks, and provide resources for colleges and universities regarding better practices for trans inclusion. He is a consultant for various professional sports leagues and national governing bodies, reviewing policies and procedures to help make them more trans-inclusive. He also creates bias response protocols for reporting of bias-related incidents within sports leagues.
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Feature in ESPN Magazine
Chris Mosier was profiled in ESPN Magazine. Read the article, Chris Mosier: The Definition of an Athlete, and see the accompanying video here.
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Photo: Benedict Evans for ESPN
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Team USA Athlete Makes Sports History
Chris Mosier of Team USA made sports history by becoming the first out transgender athlete to compete in a world championship when he ran and biked in the International Triathlon Union world duathlon championship. Read more here.
Chris Mosier Makes Sports History
Chris made the US National Team in the Sprint Duathlon in June 2015, making him the first transgender man to make Team USA on the team that matches the gender with which he identifies, not his gender assigned at birth. Read more here.
2014 Advocate Magazine 40 Under 40
Chris was named to the Advocate Magazine 40 Under 40: Emerging Voices list in 2014. Read more here.
2014 National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame
For his work with Trans*Athlete, his sports achievements, and his advocacy work, Chris was inducted into the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame in a ceremony on July 11. Read more here.
2013 Top LGBT Sports Moments
The launch of Trans*Athlete was listed on San Diego Gay & Lesbian News' Top LGBT Moments in Sports in 2013. Read the entire list of great LGBT moments from 2013 here.
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