Chelsea Wolfe, a transgender BMX Freestyle rider, said in a since-deleted Facebook post that her goal was to "burn a US flag" at the Olympic podium, Fox News reported on Monday.
Wolfe previously qualified as an alternate for the U.S. Olympic team at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.
In her March 25, 2020, social media post, Wolfe reportedly wrote, "My goal is to win the Olympics so I can burn a US flag on the podium. This is what they focus on during a pandemic. Hurting trans children."
The deleted post also included a link to a story about former President Donald Trump's stance on transgender athletes in sports.
Wolfe, who identifies as a transgender female, spoke to Fox News on Monday to explain her deleted post from March and said, "Anyone who thinks that I don't care about the United States is sorely mistaken."
"One of the reasons why I work so hard to represent the United States in international competition is to show the world that this country has morals and values, that it's not all of the bad things that we're known for," Wolfe told Fox News. "I take a stand against fascism because I care about this country and I'm not going to let it fall into the hands of fascists after so many people have fought and sacrificed to prevent fascism from taking hold abroad. As a citizen who wants to be proud of my home country, I'm sure as hell not going to let it take hold here."
- Gabby Petito: A Timeline Of Events Since Search For Missing New York Woman 22-year-old New York woman Gabby Petito was reported missing on Sept. 11, 2021, after she and her boyfriend Brian Laundrie went on a cross country trip to the West Coast. On Sept. 19, remains that are “consistent” with Petito were found near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Here is a timeline of the news surrounding the Gabby Petito case that has made headlines. Newsweek
- What Is In Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal, Democrat-Backed Funding Bill? President Joe Biden and a bipartisan group of 10 Republican and Democrat senators have agreed on a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that includes $579 billion in new spending to improve roads, bridges and broadband internet over eight years. A second bill will include funding for Democrat-backed issues like childcare and tax credits. Both are expected to go through Congress. Here is what you need to know about both bills. Newsweek
- White House Calls Afghanistan Drone Strike A 'Tragedy Done In Error' White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that President Joe Biden and his administration view the deadly U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan that killed seven children a "tragedy" that was "done in error." Newsweek
Newsweek reached out to the USA Cycling Team for comment from Wolfe but did not receive a response in time for publication.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) previously published a policy for transgender athletes that transitioned from male to female, allowing them to compete in female sports. One aspect of the policy states that the athlete must declare their gender identity and they also must show that their testosterone levels are below a certain threshold, a year prior to competition.
"The overriding sporting objective is and remains the guarantee of fair competition," part of the IOC policy states.
Prior to her comments to Fox News, Wolfe published an Instagram post where she wrote, "I searched for so long trying to find out if there had ever been a professional trans bmx rider to show me that who I am would be okay and unfortunately I found no one."
On Monday, New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard became the first transgender athlete to qualify for the Olympics.
- Tokyo Olympic Fans Will Not be Allowed to Cheer in Bid to Limit COVID Spread
- Indian Sprinter Milkha Singh, Known as 'The Flying Sikh,' Dies From COVID
- 15-Year-Old Katie Grimes Makes Olympic Team, Called 'Future of Swimming' by Katie Ledecky