Chris Mosier has made history as being the first transgender athlete to be featured in a Nike advertisement, as part of the “Unlimited Courage” series. The popular athletic company aired its latest TV advertisement on Monday night on NBC during the Rio Olympic games. Mosier’s 40-second commercial shows him training for the duathlon. In a narrative form, Mosier answers questions about how he knew he was strong and capable enough to make the men’s national team.
It already has over 1.6 million views. The duathlon is similar to the triathlon but the first leg of swimming is replaced by running. The event is made up of a running leg, followed by a cycling leg and ends with another running leg.
“Everything that I’ve done in the last five, six years since I started to transition, has been with [a] ‘Just Do It’ mindset. I didn’t know if I would be competitive against men; I just did it,” Mosier said in a statement. “Every success that I’ve had since then has shown me that anything is really possible. By not stopping myself, not limiting myself and just really going for it, I’ve learned a lot about myself and also had the opportunity to further the conversation on trans inclusion in sports.”
“Being the first trans man on a U.S. men’s national team was a dream come true for me,” Mosier continued. “It’s just such an amazing opportunity — and an amazing opportunity for other people to see themselves reflected in someone succeeding in sports as a trans man.”
But this isn’t the first time Mosier has broken barriers. The 35-year-old duathlete began his career as a woman competing in triathlons but in 2010, decided to begin the transitioning process. Last year, Mosier earned his spot on the men’s U.S. team sprint duathlon.
Although he encountered problems for becoming the first trans athlete to join an American national team, he went onto compete at the Duathlon Age Group World Championship Race in Spain. Unfortunately, the duathlon isn’t an Olympic sport but he’ll still be supporting the U.S. team from home.
This year, the Chicago native was also the first openly transgender athlete to be part of ESPN Magazine’s “Body Issue.”