Lance Armstrong posted a video of himself speaking with Caitlyn Jenner on Saturday to discuss transgender participation in sports, as the topic has become a hot topic over the past 18 months.
Armstrong’s sneak peek appeared on his Twitter account Saturday night and he said he hoped to have a «more intelligent conversation» about transgender participation in sports.
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«I think, you know, with sensitive conversations and topics like this, people tend to… they’re very afraid of being fired or embarrassed or cancelled,» he said in the clip. «It turns out I’m not that afraid of it. I think it’s an important conversation. Especially, I think if it can be handled this way and I also think it’s the best way to have these conversations and come to a more intelligent conclusion or even have A smarter conversation is just going in without fear, and I’m not afraid in this case.»
Armstrong said the full conversation will be released Monday as part of a special series on «The Forward.»
«Have we really reached a time and a place where spirited debate is not only frowned upon, but feared? Where people’s biggest concern is getting fired, embarrassed, or cancelled? As someone all too familiar with this phenomenon, I feel like I’m in a unique position to have these conversations,» he tweeted.
«Of all the controversial and polarizing issues out there today, I’m not sure there are any as heated as the issue of trans athletes in sports.
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«Isn’t there a world where one can support the transgender community and be curious about the fairness of trans athletes in sport, and yet not be labeled transphobic or bigoted when we ask questions? Do we already know the answers? And do you even want to know the answers?»
Transgender participation in women’s cycling has taken off since early 2023.
Austin Killips, a transgender woman, faced scrutiny as she won a few events, including the Tour of the Gila earlier this year. Killips’ career on the national cycling scene has led to calls and protests against Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and USA Cycling’s transgender participation rules.
Hannah Arensman was a 35-time national cyclocross champion who decided to step away from the sport after the nationals in 2022 when she finished fourth between Killips and another transgender cyclist. She believes that she got herself passed over for a spot on Team USA for Cyclocross Worlds in February.
Inga Thompson, a three-time Olympian, called on cyclists to protest the organization’s transgender participation rules, but this led to her team officially parting ways with her.
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Armstrong was a seven-time Tour de France champion but was stripped of the titles by a performance-enhancing drug scandal.