29-year-old trans woman Los Angeles beats 13-year-old girl to first place in NYC women skateboarding
Trans woman, 29, from Los Angeles sparks backlash after beating a 13-year-old girl to win first place and $500 in New York women’s skateboarding contest
- Ricci Tres, 29, who is trans, won the women’s division of The Boardr Open in New York City today, taking home a $500 prize for first place
- Tres defeated Florida’s 13-year-old Shiloh Catori who took second
- Of the six participants, four were under 17, the youngest was 10
- Poll suggested 62% of Americans believe athletes should only join sports teams that match their birth gender rather than their gender identity
A 29-year-old trans woman defeated a 13-year-old girl to take first place in a women’s skating competition in New York.
Ricci Tres, who was born male but now identifies as female, won the Boardr Open, a street skateboarding competition open to competitors at all levels but split into competitions for men and women.
Tres, who is from Los Angeles, took home the women’s title and a $500 prize, while 13-year-old Shiloh Catori of Tampa, Florida finished second, taking home $250.
Of the six entrants, four were under 17, including a 10-year-old girl, Juri Iikura, who placed fifth.
Ricci Tres, 29, who is trans, won the women’s division of The Boardr Open in New York City today, taking home a $500 prize for first place
Tres defeated Florida’s 13-year-old Shiloh Catori who took second
Of the six entrants, four were under 17, the youngest was 10. Taylor Silverman described the winner as “man,” despite Ricci Tres identifying as a trans woman
The news shone to the chagrin of fellow skateboarder Taylor Silverman, who as a woman revealed how she’s come second in recent competitions several times after being beaten by trans women.
“I’ve been in three different competitions with trans women, two of which I finished second,” Silverman wrote in an Instagram post.
She told how the transgender winner won thousands of dollars in a competition organized by Red Bull.
“This was a total of $5,000 of the prize money intended for female athletes,” noted Silverman.
Skateboarder and transgender Ricci Tres (center) can be seen in photos on her Facebook
Skateboarder Shiloh Catori, 13, can be seen in photos from her Instagram page
Shiloh Catori, 13, won $250 after finishing second at The Boardr Open in New York City
Silverman lost to trans skater Lilian Gallagher in the May competition.
Since that time, she has used her social media presence to campaign for the preservation of women’s athletics by calling for competitions to be returned to women competing against other biological women and men competing against biological men.
“I reached out to Redbull and was ignored,” Silverman wrote on Instagram. “I’m tired of being bullied in silence.
“What happened was unfair and at the time I felt too uncomfortable to talk about it. I understand that in today’s society even some women think this is acceptable, but I believe in doing the right thing even if it’s not popular. I now realize that it is very important to me to keep my mouth shut and I would like to schedule a time to talk.’
The news seemed to annoy fellow skateboarder Taylor Silverman, who as a woman revealed how she’s come second in recent competitions several times after being beaten by trans women.
Last December, the issue came to the fore when University of Pennsylvania trans swimmer Lia Thomas blew past other women participating in the University of Akron’s Zippy Invitational.
Silverman’s comments come at a time when the issue of whether trans women have a competitive advantage over biological women is hotly debated.
Last December, the issue came to the fore when University of Pennsylvania trans swimmer Lia Thomas blew past other women competing in the University of Akron’s Zippy Invitational, winning the 1650 freestyle by 38 seconds, the 500 freestyle by 12 seconds and the 200 by 7 seconds. Thomas set new records for Penn, pool and meet.
Thomas had swum competitively for the men’s team for three years before transferring to the women’s team.
A recent opinion poll 62% of Americans suggested that athletes should only be able to participate in sports teams that match their birth sex rather than their gender identity.