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Canada women's soccer will do no worse than silver after beating the U.S. women's national team in the Olympic semifinal round Monday.
In addition to being a monumental win, the victory also ensured that Olympic history will be made.
When midfielder Quinn took the field in Canada's Olympic opener against Japan, they became the first openly transgender athlete to compete in the Olympics. Now Quinn is the first transgender Olympian to secure a medal.
Quinn's experience as an Olympic athlete since coming out
Quinn wrote about what the moment meant on Instagram in July after being officially named an Olympian.
"I feel proud seeing 'Quinn' up on the lineup and on my accreditation," they wrote. "I feel sad knowing there were Olympians before me unable to live their truth because of the world.
"I feel optimistic for change. Change in legislature. Changes in rules, structures, and mindsets."
Now that platform is raised, thanks to the gold or silver medal Canada will take home from Tokyo. Quinn, who played college soccer at Duke and now plays for the NWSL's OL Reign, came out in 2020 as transgender on Instagram and announced the use of non-binary pronouns they/them.
Quinn won a bronze medal with Canada in 2016 at the Rio Olympics. The team has embraced their transition and presented Quinn a jersey in June with their No. 5 in rainbow colors instead of the traditional red. Quinn proudly shared the moment on social media.
Now they'll play for an Olympic gold medal while making history in the process.
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