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Chris Mosier: Breaking Barriers

Chris Mosier is an athlete, coach, and educator, and the founder of a resource for students, athletes, coaches, and administrators to find information about trans athletics at various levels of sports. Mosier has always had an athletic background, but playing baseball and basketball as a kid really helped him get into sports in high school.

In 2015, he became the first openly trans man to make a Men's US National Team. In June 2016 he became the first trans athlete to compete in a world championship race under the new rules, where he was the second fastest American man in his group. 

Mosier is a two-time member of Team USA, representing the United States in the short course and long course decathlon, which is a run/bike/run event.

Chris is also a nationally recognized three-time Ironman triathlete, and inductee into the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame. He was also the first transgender athlete to feature on Nike's Advertisement, which aired during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Chris has been featured in publications including ESPN The Magazine, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, and Esquire Magazine. Mosier now the first transgender athlete to appear in the ESPN”s Body Issue.  He stated in that issue "Now I feel very comfortable in my own skin." Chris is also a USA Triathlon certified coach, which he helps fellow LGBT. He played a role in pushing the International Olympic Committee’s decision in January to change guidelines that excluded many transgender people from competing at the international level. He has been named to The Advocate Magazine's 40 Under 40, the Trans 100 list, the GOOD 100 list, and is featured in the 2016 Out 100 list. He is a Nike sponsored athlete. 

Chris currently works as the Vice President of Program Development and Community Relations for You Can Play. Previously, Chris served as the Executive Director of GO! Athletes, and worked in higher education.

Having over 10 workouts a week between the swimming, biking, and running ranging from about 10 to 15 hours of training each week Mosier is very determined to keep pushing through every barrier, not just for himself but for his community .To find out more about Chris and our 2017 NASPA Annual Conference key speakers click here.

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