“It’s Been Entirely Dope”- Megan Rapinoe Lauds Transgender Athlete Quinn at Tokyo 2020

Published 08/07/2021, 11:04 AM EDT


Megan Rapinoe was graceful in defeat as Canada beat the Swedish women’s soccer team in the final. The Canadian team made history, becoming the first women’s soccer team to win Olympic gold.

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Rapinoe also congratulated Canada’s Quinn, who identifies as Non-binary. Becoming the first transgender and Non-Binary person to win an Olympic gold medal.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Soccer Football – Women – Semifinal – United States v Canada – Ibaraki Kashima Stadium, Ibaraki, Japan – August 2, 2021. Megan Rapinoe of the United States looks dejected as Canada celebrate after the match REUTERS/Edgar Su

Canada’s historic gold medal

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The Canada women’s soccer team won a thrilling final at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. The game was all level till the final whistle of extra-time blew. Both teams weren’t able to score the decisive goal.

The game went to penalties and Canada’s experienced goalkeeper, Stephanie Labbe, was the hero for the Canadians. She pulled out some crucial saves to deny the No. 5 ranked Swedes a gold.

Canada won their first women’s gold in a major International Soccer tournament. Canadian midfielder Quinn broke another record for Canada. She became the world’s first openly transgender and non-Binary person to win an Olympic Gold medal.

Canada beat the No. 1 ranked U.S. women’s soccer team in the semi-finals. The semi-finals also ended with tie-breakers. Labbe stepped up even against the US to defend her country’s Olympic gold chances.

No one expected the Canadian team to win. They won the Bronze in Rio 2016. As the gold went to team USA and the Silver to Sweden. “Just a lot of pride. Really excited to get to celebrate with my best friends. It still hasn’t hit me quite yet.said Fleming, Canada’s in-game penalty taker, who didn’t miss either of the penalties she took.

Megan Rapinoe congratulates Quinn, who made history

Megan Rapinoe is openly lesbian and got married to fellow Olympian Sue Bird. She has always been a vigorous advocate for the LGBTQ community in sports.

“It’s been actually really dope being on Quinn’s team for the last couple of years and to see their transformation.”

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“To see someone just living their full life the way that they want to, I always feel like is really inspiring and beautiful.”

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Megan Rapinoe publicly applauded and supported Quinn as they came out.

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Allan Binoy

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Allan Binoy is a Combat Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in English Literature. Allan is a semi-professional football player for Diego Juniors FC.

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