Chelsea Wolfe, a biological man who now identifies as a woman, was selected to be part of the U.S. Olympic BMX Freestyle team said that if she won the competition, she would burn the flag to show her disapproval.
In a post on her Facebook account from March 2020 responding to a news story that the Trump Administration officially declared that transgender women had to be treated as biological men, Chelsea said:
“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.”
In the post, responding to his followers, he also hinted at wishing to assassinate Trump.
“I would never say that someone should explode the head of the president. That would be illegal,” Wolfe wrote. “But I will say ‘with dynamite.’ Because that’s just a sentence fragment and doesn’t actually mean anything. It’s not necessarily related to the sentence that came before it.”
Wolfe will be the first transgender U.S. Olympian and will participate as an alternate BMX Freestyle rider at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, meaning he will compete if the two incumbents need a replacement.
After conservative media reported his Facebook post, Wolfe deleted the post and made a statement to Fox News, seeking to clarify the situation.
“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 said.
“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,” he added.
But Trump’s statement of treating trans girls as biological men, was far from being fascist as Wolfe described it, and rather relates to how conservatives and religious people see the gender ideology and is also a science-based fact.
Wolfe can participate as a transgender athlete because her sport is non-contact. However, her male physical strength remains an advantage over her female rivals, and this could trigger complaints and demands from other Olympic teams.
International Olympic Committee policy specifies the conditions under which those making the transition from male to female can compete in the women’s category. One is that the athlete must have declared that her gender identity is female and that this declaration cannot be changed, for sporting purposes, for a minimum of four years.
She must also demonstrate that her total testosterone level is below a specified measurement for at least 12 months prior to her first competition.
Patriotism is strongly linked to athletes representing their countries
Traditionally sports teams representing their countries in global competitions often carry the heavy burden of representing their entire countries by flying the national flag and the eyes of all their countrymen are upon them.
The emotional burden and pride of being ‘American’ in this case, is strongly attached to the athletes representing their respective countries.
The singing of the national anthem and the flag’s colors play the role of motivating the athletes in their competitions and victories by feeling that they are part of that country. Perhaps that’s something missing in Wolfe’s public’s statements.