A 29-year-old biological male beat a teenage girl to the top prize in the women's division of a New York City skateboarding contest, sparking criticism from skateboarders about biological men competing in women's sports.
Ricci Tres, who was born male but now identifies as female, on Saturday won a $500 prize for beating 13-year-old Shiloh Catori in the Boardr Open. Four of the six finalists were girls between the ages of 10 and 17.
Tres's domination of the Boardr Open comes less than a week after the International Rugby League prohibited male-to-female transgender rugby players from competing in women's matches. The International Swimming Federation announced last Sunday that it would restrict transgender athletes from competing in women's events. The federation made the announcement after transgender swimmer Lia Thomas won multiple victories against biological women. Meanwhile, the Biden administration last week proposed Title IX changes that will effectively abolish sex-separate activities and spaces.
Tres's victory reminded female skateboarder Taylor Silverman of her losses to transgender athletes in women's events.
In at least one case, Silverman wrote last month, the decision to include biological men "took away the opportunity that was meant for women to place and earn money."
"I am sick of being bullied into silence," Silverman wrote.
Nearly 60 percent of Americans say that transgender athletes should be banned from professional women's sports, according to a Washington Post poll released last week.