Encouraging transgender athletes to compete in women’s sports infuriates those who care about competition integrity and biological reality.
But even more frustrating are women who have no choice but to compete at a disadvantage.
Now one of them is talking about it.
Riley Gaines had an incredibly successful career in women’s college swimming, but in recent months she has had to compete with Leah Thomas, a biological male who transitioned just a year ago and often dominates biological women.
Gaines joined Tomi Laren on Wednesday to discuss how the NCAA is promoting Thomas and the absurdity of nominating a transgender athlete for the Woman of the Year award.
She mentioned that one incident in particular informed her that in addition to being allowed to compete, Thomas would take precedence over others.
In March 2022, Gaines and Thomas placed 5th in the women’s 200m freestyle at the NCAA Championships. While for obvious reasons only one trophy for 5th place was created at the event, it’s no wonder who was chosen to keep it on the podium:
“I want to go back to another dispute that involved you and Leah Thomas in particular. Both of you are tied for fifth place. So both of you should get the trophy. Leah Thomas got the trophy, and yours was supposed to be mailed. Have you ever received it?
“I received it a couple of weeks ago. But basically what happened after we drew, you go behind the podium for the awards and they distribute the awards. So we went back there, and then the civilian official said, “Great race, you have a tie.” So we’re going to have Thomas holding the fifth place trophy, which you can pose with the sixth place trophy and it will come in the mail.”
Gaines explained that she initially understood the incident more because she realized there was only one trophy for 5th place.
But when she asked why she was assigned to host the 6th place award, the official response stated that the intention was simply to award Thomas:
“But I asked the official, “I thought, okay. May I ask you why you are adamant that Thomas holds the trophy instead of me? And he just looked at me and said, “Well, we’re just doing it in chronological order.” And at that moment I understood exactly what was happening. And so I asked him, I thought, “What are we talking about in chronological order?” Because in the first place, we are related, and if we are basing this on the alphabet or whatever, then what is alphabetically based on G comes before T, so I just don’t get it. He looked at me and said, “Thomas is holding a photo trophy.”
There was no justification, alphabetical or not, for Thomas to get an advantage over Gaines. Simply put, the administrators of the event wanted to give preference to one of them.
Gaines also explained that as a result, she is not interested in the NCAA Woman of the Year trophy despite her hugely successful college career:
“Same with NCAA Woman of the Year, I don’t even want that trophy,” Gaines said. “I’m a 12-time All-American, so I have a lot of them at home.”
Thomas’ advocacy at the expense of biological women has clearly delegitimized the entire award process, placing politics and awakened ideology over justice and common sense.
Gaines went even further, expressing her disappointment that the NCAA has relegated women athletes to the back burner for men:
“I know this is an organization that I have basically dedicated my whole life to and so many other female athletes work so hard to get in there and not only be forced to compete against the men, but sidelined for the men. It was very frank and extremely discouraging.”
As her response to Clay Travis also explains, the NCAA, the University of Pennsylvania, and many others have gone out of their way to encourage Leah Thomas at the expense of lifelong women:
This is yet another example of how the implementation of progressive politics in real world situations has significant and immediate negative consequences.
Riley Gaines did everything right and, through no fault of her own, ended up behind someone who used an unfair advantage to dominate the competition. Rather than criticize this behavior, the NCAA and many member institutions support Thomas’ actions.
Until such unforgivable practices are stopped, there will be many more frustrated and discouraged female athletes losing to biological males.
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