Canadian midfielder Quinn made history by becoming the first openly transgender athlete to win a medal at the Olympics after her team beat Sweden on penalties in the women’s soccer final on Friday.
The match ended 1-1 but Canada won 3-2 on penalties meaning Quinn and Canada took silver. Quinn had won a bronze medal at Rio 2016 when Canada beat Brazil, but they didn’t come out until September 2020.
They made history as the first openly transgender athlete to compete in the Olympics when they played in Canada’s opener against Japan, which ended in a 1-1 draw at the following goals from Christine Sinclair and Mana Iwabuchi.
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“First openly trans Olympian to compete. I don’t know how to feel. I’m proud to see ‘Quinn’ in the lineup and on my credentials,” Quinn said in a statement posted to National Women’s Soccer social media. League. time.
“I am sad to know that there were Olympians before me unable to live their truth because of the world. I am optimistic for change. Change of legislature. Changes in rules, structures and mentalities.
“Most of the time, I feel aware of the realities. Trans girls are banned from sports. Trans women face discrimination and prejudice while trying to pursue their Olympic dreams. The fight is not about to end. finish… and I will celebrate when we ‘you are all here.’
Quinn plays with OL Reign in the NWSL when not on international service with Canada.
The North American team advanced to the Olympic soccer final after beating the United States Women’s National Team 1-0 in the semifinals. The victory marked the first time since 2001 that Canada has won over its continental rivals.
Quinn wasn’t the only transgender athlete to compete in the Games, with weightlifter Laurel Hubbard also appearing.
It was a difficult tournament for her as she missed her three snatch attempts in the women’s +87 kilogram category.
“I didn’t come here to change the world. I came here because sport is part of me,” Hubbard said.
“I didn’t try to find accommodation or special treatment or anything.
“The IOC has tried to put in place regulations that apply to all sports. I suspect that over time there will be more refinement… but that’s not my area of expertise.”