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A high school track and field athlete was forced to compete against two biological men in her freshman year and as a result, she said she lost confidence in her athletic abilities.
Athlete Alanna Smith and Alliance Defending Freedom advocate Christiana Kiefer joined “America’s Newsroom” to discuss the ongoing fight for a level playing field on the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the title IX.
“I felt like the race was over before it even started,” Smith told host Dana Perino of being forced to compete against biological men.
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Smith said at a tournament that she went home with third place instead of second place, feeling like her hard work and training hadn’t paid off as much as it should have.
The emergence of transgender athletes in sport has created a debate about whether a transgender woman or girl has a competitive advantage over a biological woman or girl.
Thursday marking the Title IX 50th Anniversarythe discourse only warms up.
The Biden administration wants transgender athletes to have the same protections that Title IX originally offered women when it was passed five decades ago. By then, in 1972, the debate over transgender athletes was many years away.
Smith said she speaks out against the uneven playing field for girls in sport to inspire other athletes to do the same.
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Kiefer helps Smith in his legal fight to preserve women’s sports.
“We must not only celebrate the accomplishments of these incredible female athletes, but also work to protect Title IX and women’s sports for the next generation,” she said, saying the Biden administration is now allowing men to compete and dominate women’s sports.
“The bottom line is that we need to protect the female category so that girls like Alanna can continue to show off their talents, be on the podium and win those college scholarships that are so essential to their future careers.”
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Smith said she plans to further her education and pursue her career at the University of Tennessee. A lawsuit brought by Smith and other Connecticut athletes against the state’s policy on transgender competitors was dismissed by a federal judge last year.
Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report