By Megan Lasher
August 9, 2016

Chris Mosier became the first out transgender athlete on the U.S. men’s national team when he qualified in the sprint duathlon earlier this year. And now he’s starring in a Nike ad.

“Being the first trans man on a U.S. men’s national team was a dream come true for me,” Mosier said in a statement to Nike about the ad that premiered during NBC’s primetime Olympic coverage Monday night. “I always wanted my name on a jersey. To represent our country at the highest level, in my sport, is just outstanding. 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.”

The commercial highlights Mosier’s struggle on the road to the national team, during which he faced discrimination for being transgender. “I knew that the minute I said, ‘I’m a trans athlete,’ that I would never get away from it,” Mosier told Rolling Stone in August.

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