Chelsea Wolfe is a reserve rider for Team USA’s BMX squad at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She is also the first transgender athlete to represent the United States at the Olympics. In 2020, Wolfe posted to social media, stating a desire to compete at the Olympics so that she could burn the American flag when she won a medal.
Wolfe’s comments came in response to an article she’d read. It referenced the Trump administration’s views on transgender athletes.
“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,” Wolfe wrote in the since-deleted post.
Chelsea Wolfe qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in June. Now, it has become realistic for Wolfe to actually medal. As a result, the comments she made last year have gained renewed attention. And while Wolfe is an alternate, there isn’t much standing in the way of her competing. All it would take is an injury or positive COVID-19 test to Perris Benegas or Hannah Roberts, the other two qualifying riders.
Why Does Chelsea Wolfe Want to Compete for Team USA?
Naturally, the media sought clarification on Chelsea Wolfe’s comments. After all, the prospect of an American Olympian burning the flag on the podium is front-page news. Though it’s safe to say the IOC wouldn’t take very kindly to anyone burning anything while receiving a medal, let alone their nation’s flag.
The International Olympic Committee literally has it written into their charter that athletes are not to engage in any sort of political expression. It’s Rule 50, for reference.
Regardless, Fox News reached out to get Wolfe’s thoughts on the matter, now that she has qualified.
“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 in a June interview.
2020 Tokyo Olympics BMX Rider Chelsea Wolfe is Taking ‘Stand Against Fascism’
For Chelsea Wolfe, her motivation boils down to combating fascism. Most Americans agree that fascism is a bad thing. It has been considerably harder for Americans to agree on exactly what it is and how to go about fighting it.
“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,” Wolfe continued in the interview.
There has been no update on if Chelsea Wolfe still intends to burn an American flag if she medals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.