The US Olympic Track and Field Trials (called Athletics to the rest of the world) will kick off today and run through July 1 in Eugene, OR to determine who gets those coveted all expense paid spots on the US Olympic team we’re sending to London.
I’ve talked about transman Keelin Godsey, who has been pursuing his dreamof competing in the Olympics since 2008.
Starting at 2:15 PM EDT 28 year old Godsey will take the first steps toward sporting history when he competes in the hammer throw prelims competition with 23 other athletes at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, OR. If everything goes well for Godsey he’ll be in the finals that start at 4:15 PM EDT.
Keelin was a 16 time All-American athlete at Bates College and the Division III national champion in 2005 in the hammer throw before transitioning during his senior year.
Godsey has continued post college to excel in the event and has already passed the Olympic qualifying standard of 68 meters. He long ago socially transitioned to male, but will compete in the women’s hammer throw and is considered by IOC and IAAF rules as a female competitor. He is forgoing taking testosterone until either after the trials or the London Olympics so that he could make his Olympic competition dream come true.
If Keelin places in the top three finishers, he not only will make the team, he will become the first open trans athlete ever to quality for their national Olympic team and the US Olympic team. Keelin already has the distinction of being the first open trans athlete to make a US Pan Am Games squad and competed in the 2011 Pan Am Games, finishing fifth in the hammer throw competition in Guadalajara.
Keelin, good luck and hope you make your Olympic dream come true.
TransGriot Update: Sadly, Keelin failed to qualify. Finished fifth despite a personal best throw of 231 feet 3 inches. Missed a trip to London by 11 inches.