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‘EXPECTED SPORTSMANSHIP’: Transgender athlete upset about being booed



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A transgender high school athlete says that she expected “sportsmanship” after blowing away her competitors at a race last month.

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Veronica Garcia, 16, was disappointed that fellow runners didn’t cheer when she was awarded the gold medal after winning the 2A girls 400-meter run at the Washington state track and field championships.

“I guess maybe I expected sportsmanship because I was cheering the rest of them on when they were called. So, I guess I expected to get that reciprocated,” Garcia told the Spokesman. “I didn’t get that.”

Garcia, who became the state’s first transgender track champion, says that the jeers she heard were “a bit more severe” than usual.

She also said she heard one member of the crowd shout “She’s not a girl!” as Garcia collected her gold medal.

According to the Daily Mail, the high school junior began transitioning last year and says she has since had a “taste of how hard we as a species can be for absolutely no reason other than being a little different.”

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State records show that Garcia easily won the race by a second, finishing in 55.75 seconds.

However, had Garcia been running in the equivalent boy’s race, she wouldn’t have even managed 16th place, with the slowest boy finishing at 53.12 — more than 2.5 seconds clear of Garcia’s time.

Prominent anti-transgender activist Riley Gaines, a former NCAA swimmer, was quick to post about Garcia’s victory over her biological female competitors.

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“Would you look at that … the thing that never happens happened again,” Gaines began her post.

“Veronica Garcia just won the Washington State Championship in the girls’ 400m in total domination.

“In Washington & Oregon this past week, the fastest “girl” in each state has been a boy.”

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Last month, Aayden Gallagher, who was born male, won the 200-metre race by two-tenths of a second to take the Oregon girls’ state title.

Similarly to Garcia, the sophomore received boos during while winning the race and while standing on the podium to accept their award. Second-place finisher Aster Jones was applauded by her competitors when announced.

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