Transgender BMX freestyle rider Chelsea Wolfe said last year that he wants to win in the Olympics so he can “burn a US flag on the podium.” It appears his dream might actually become a reality, since Wolfe, a biological male, qualified on Monday as an alternate for Team USA’s women’s BMX freestyle event at the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo.
“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 on Facebook in March 2020, along with a link to a PinkNews story about the Trump administration’s stance on males in female sports.
Wolfe told Fox News that “anyone who thinks that I don’t care about the United States is sorely mistaken,” arguing that his mere presence at the Olympics would prove to the world that the United States “has morals and values.” He also said his dedication to “tak[ing] a stand against fascism” proves he cares for the United States. Wolfe did not say, however, whether he still plans to burn the American flag if he makes it to the podium.