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Transgender Athlete Chelsea Wolfe Says Goal Is To 'Burn a US Flag' at Olympic Podium

Newsweek logo Newsweek 6/21/2021 Matthew Impelli
a bridge over a body of water with a city in the background: The Olympic rings are seen at the Odaiba waterfront in Tokyo on June 3, 2021. © Kazuhiro Nogi/Getty The Olympic rings are seen at the Odaiba waterfront in Tokyo on June 3, 2021.

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."

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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.

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