Chris Mosier has made history many times before, as the first transgender athlete to represent the United States in international competition, appear in the ESPN Body Issue, and be sponsored by Nike.
This January, he once again blazed a trail at the Olympic Trials for the 50K racewalk, becoming the first transgender athlete to qualify and compete in the Trials in the gender with which they identify. However, injury nearly robbed him of the chance to make it to the starting line.
On this week’s episode, Mosier shares the experience of having an injury he didn’t tell anyone about; how he’s changed his goals and perspectives through injury and other challenges, and the way his identity continues to evolve through his competition and his work as an activist.
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In this episode, we discuss:
- How injuries are viewed in triathlon and duathlon, and the advantage of being a multisport athlete (4:49)
- His early injuries, including multiple concussions, and how they affected him—including bringing him face to face with vulnerability (9:18)
- How he started racewalking, and when his most recent injury occurred (17:29)
- The way he coped with training for a major event while simultaneously managing an injury—including a little bit of what we might call bargaining (22:02)
- How he shifted his perspective to focus more on his advocacy (25:16)
- Meditation, how it’s helped him, and his app of choice (28:48)
- The ways in which he suppressed emotions from childhood on, how he’s begun to undo that, and how those lessons apply to the world right now (35:26)
- The leadup to the Olympic Trials and what it was like to keep his injury under wraps (41:05)
- A dramatic recap of the race itself (44:27)
- His key pieces of advice for other injured athletes, including offering yourself grace, remembering injury is temporary, and focusing on what’s in your control (51:51)
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Resources/links we mention:
- Chris’s website, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook page
- His New York Times profile from January
- His feature in the ESPN Body Issue
- His Nike ad, which aired during the Rio Olympics
- His episode of the Rich Roll podcast
- His website, Transathlete.com
- EDGE Athlete Lounge in Chicago, where he coaches
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