Ricci Tres, a 29-year-old transgender woman from Los Angeles, beat a 13-year-old girl during a Red Bull hosted skateboard contest in New York, taking home $500 in prize money.
The Boardr Open street skateboarding competition allowed Tres to compete in their women’s division since Tres, who was born male, now identifies as a woman. Tres overwhelmingly defeated 13-year-old Shiloh Catori from Florida, who came in second place. The other four athletes Tres defeated were all biological women who were under the age of 17, with the youngest being a 10-year-old girl who came in fifth place.
Tres’ victory over her younger, biologically female competition has added to the growing conversation regarding the inclusion of trans athletes in women’s sports. A look at the rankings shows how the inclusion of biological males drastically impacts the field of biological female competitors, with Catori ranking No. 133 according to Boardr’s Global Ranks and Tres’ currently listed as No. 838. One can only wonder how far Tres will be able to climb if she is allowed to continue competing alongside biological women.
One female athlete who chose to speak out on this situation was professional skateboarder Taylor Silverman.
Silverman posted to her Instagram account, “Male wins women’s finals and money at Boardr Open NYC by DC today.”
“My story is not unique in sports in general,” she added, alluding to her own situation.
Silverman lost on two separate occasions to different transgender competitors, with the recent loss occurring last May at the Red Bull Conerstone contest where the first prize winner won a cash prize of $5,000. Silverman came in second place at that competition.
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