Caitlyn Jenner is a popular American media personality and former Olympic gold medal-winning decathlete. Formerly known as Bruce Jenner, she went through a gender transition in 2015. Jenner publicly came out as a trans woman in April 2015, announcing her new name in July of that year. That year, she starred in the reality television series I Am Cait, which focused on her gender transition. The 73-year-old reality star had been called the most famous trans woman in the world. She is a transgender rights activist.
The recent events at the North Coast Meet of Champions of California finals have caused debate on the internet when a transgender athlete Athena Ryan, a junior at Sonoma Academy, claimed a second position in the varsity girls’ 1,600-meter run. This accomplishment rosed controversy, and the media personality expressed her disapproval of Ryan’s participation in the competition.
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What is the North Coast Meet of Champions finals controversy?
The North Coast Meet of Champions of California finals recently took place and saw a turn of events. Athena Ryan, a transgender athlete, and junior at Sonoma Academy, claimed the silver medal in the varsity girls’ 1,600-meter run. It cost Adeline Johnson, a senior from Branson High School, who finished in fourth place, the chance to go to the California Interscholastic Federation State Track & Field Championships the following week.
Johnson was seen delivering a thumbs-down motion in a video clip from the podium ceremony that soon went viral and sparked more discussion. The school later cleared that the gesture was unrelated to Ryan and her transgender identity. It was rather related to Johnson’s performance.
The incident at the finals brought to light the broader conflicts regarding transgender athletes in sports. The event was attended by a group of protesters who had a banner that said, “Protect female sports.”
Ryan, who finished with a 4:55.91 run time, qualified for the California Interscholastic Federation State Track & Field Championships after finishing in the top three.
The controversy surrounding the incident went viral, causing Caitlyn Jenner to share her views.
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Caitlyn Jenner voiced her views about the incident
Caitlyn Jenner, a former Olympic gold medalist transitioned in 2015. After the North Coast Meet of Champions finals and the controversy surrounding it, she took to Twitter to express her views.
Referring to her as a track star and a trans person, she said that Ryan’s inclusion was not fair.
Jenner wrote, “As ‘somewhat’ of a track star myself, and a trans person, THIS IS WRONG!!! HELP ME PUSH BACK.”
As ‘somewhat’ of a track star myself, and a trans person, THIS IS WRONG!!! HELP ME PUSH BACK! https://t.co/WguIX3DxqP https://t.co/vCVMoqPpFO
— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) May 22, 2023
Linking her political action committee, Fairness First she added, “And FYA trans ppl you are being used by the radical gender ideology cult as political pawns. That’s all you are to them.”
The 73-year-old media personality holds a gold medal in the men’s decathlon at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.
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