WATCH: Chris Mosier, Transgender Athlete, Appears in Stunning New Nike Ad

By Adam Polaski • August 9, 2016 • 10:19 am

This week, in a huge step forward for visibility for transgender people, a new TV ad from Nike debuted during Olympics coverage on Monday night. The ad features duathlete Chris Mosier, the first openly transgender athlete to make a U.S. men’s national team. Check it out:

In a statement, Chris Mosier reacted to the ad:

“Everything that I’ve done in the last five, six years since I started to transition, has been with [a] ‘Just Do It’ mindset. I didn’t know if I would be competitive against men; I just did it. Every success that I’ve had since then has shown me that anything is really possible. By not stopping myself, not limiting myself and just really going for it, I’ve learned a lot about myself and also had the opportunity to further the conversation on trans inclusion in sports.”

He continued: “Being the first trans man on a U.S. men’s national team was a dream come true for me. I always wanted my name on a jersey. To represent our country at the highest level, in my sport, is just outstanding. It’s just such an amazing opportunity—and an amazing opportunity for other people to see themselves reflected in someone succeeding in sports as a trans man.”

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