Transgender cyclist blasts USA Cycling for revoking silver medal
USA Cycling has landed in the middle of a hubbub over transgender athletes after stripping a male-born cyclist of a silver medal won in a women’s race last week at the national championships.
Leia Genis, a 25-year-old cyclist from Atlanta, said a USA Cycling official informed her Thursday that her second-place finish in the women’s elite individual pursuit would be revoked, and pulled her from other events at the 2022 USA Cycling Junior & Elite Track National Championships...
...“It feels unreal that one year ago I had never entered a bike race and now I’ve raced and won in another country. I’m quite proud of myself,” Genis said. “All this to say, it’s been a smashing start to my second season and I’m looking forward to more.”
This year, Genis has competed in eight women’s events and notched four first-place wins, including a victory two months ago in the Brooks Road Race, the Georgia state road-racing championship.