will represent Team USA as an alternate on the BMX freestyle team in Tokyo, making history
as the first trans athlete to compete on a US Olympic team.
Wolfe, a reserve athlete, will only be able to compete in the Summer Games if one of the other two qualifying riders, Hannah Roberts and Perris Benegas, withdraws.
According to OutSports, Wolfe qualified for the position last week after finishing fifth in the World Championships.
Wolfe noted the hard work
and "so many obstacles" she overcame in order to "represent the United States
as the alternate rider" in an Instagram
post commemorating her barrier-breaking qualification.
“I’m so excited and honored to keep working so I can shred in Tokyo if I’m needed,” Wolfe said, congratulating Roberts and Benegas on their selection as official competition riders, saying, “I can’t wait to watch
y’all crush it in the games and cheer you on.”
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Wolfe, who began riding BMX at the age of six, first competed in freestyle in 2014 at the state level in Florida
. After BMX freestyle was added as an event for the 2020 Olympics
, she began working to compete internationally, according to the USA Cycling
team website, and finished third at the US National and Pan-American championships in 2019.
Wolfe's historic nomination comes in the midst of a wave of anti-trans
bills being pushed by Republicans
at the state level, many of which are bigoted attempts to prevent trans children
from participating in sports.
“As a kid, like any other, I dreamed of one day becoming a professional athlete in my sport,” Wolfe wrote earlier this week on Instagram. “But as a young trans girl, I feared that I would never be welcomed as one of them, that a girl like me could never be a professional athlete.”
Wolfe said that after looking for trans riders to look up to but not finding any, she "was faced with the realization that the person I needed to see when I was younger didn't exist yet because I was yet to become her."