Boardr Open slammed after trans woman, 29, beats 13-year-old girl in NYC skateboarding event

Ricci Tres, a 29-year-old trans-identified male, won the women’s division of The Boardr Open taking a $500 prize back home


                            Boardr Open slammed after trans woman, 29, beats 13-year-old girl in NYC skateboarding event
Ricci Tres, 29, also known as Ricci And Tres, an adult biological male who identifies as a woman beat a 13-year-old girl in a skateboarding competition (Courtesy: theboardr.com)
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Ricci Tres, 29, also known as Ricci And Tres, an adult biological male who identifies as a woman, beats a 13-year-old girl to achieve first place in a women’s skateboarding contest held in New York on Saturday, June 25, Reduxx reported. Tres, won the women’s division of The Boardr Open taking a $500 prize back home. Tres came in first place against 13-year-old Shiloh Catori. Out of the 6 competitors, 4 were under the age of 17, with the youngest being 10-year-old Juri Iikura.

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However, Tres' victory was not celebrated and was rather disregarded shortly after a female skateboarder, Taylor Silverman, who previously came into the spotlight after she spoke out about her experiences competing against trans-identified males called out Tres on Twitter for his victory. Soon after Silverman's tweet, netizens started expressing their outrage on social media for Tres' victory. People slammed Tres and trans-identified adult men in general for their unfair advantage over such competitions.

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"Male wins women’s skateboarding finals and money at the Boardr Open NYC presented by DC today", Silverman wrote. Users immediately expressed their outrage at the results. Many users started congratulating Shiloh Catori on her victory, honoring her with the symbolic first-place recognition as they declared Tres’ win invalid. Earlier, Silverman posted a statement to her Instagram in which she called out the Redbull Cornerstone skate event she took part in for allowing a biological male athlete to compete against women, and take the top spot.

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In her statement, Silverman wrote that she placed second in two previous competitions in which biological males were allowed to compete against female skateboarders, and noted that at the last Redbull-sponsored skate event, the female athletes lost out on financial awards because a transgender competitor took first place. "I deserved to place first, be acknowledged for my win, and get paid. I reached out to Redbull and was ignored. I am sick of being bullied into silence", Silverman wrote. Initially, Silverman's post received hateful comments from trans activists, but soon many feminists and others critical of gender ideology came into her defense.

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Journalist and writer, Colin Wright shared screenshots from Silverman's Instagram post and wrote, "Female skateboarded Taylor Silverman is speaking out after placing 2nd to a male competitor who identifies as a woman at the
@Redbull Cornerstone contest. Silverman and other female skateboarders were robbed of their achievements and prize money "that was meant for women."

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On Twitter, a user replied to Silverman's tweet, he wrote, "Pisses me off. Many have worked so hard to get women's skateboarding more recognition girls have worked so hard. So many gains of the last few years with contest, sponsors, money and TV time. It's being taken advantage discounting all the hard work and will ruin those gains."

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Sall Grover, founder of a female social networking site wrote, "I will never think that a 29 year old male competing in the female competition and taking first place away from a 13 year old girl is “stunning & brave”, and I judge those who think it is."

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"Males in skateboarding have higher centers of gravity granting advantages that cannot be removed with hrt. That plus the Q angle differences. So it's unfair to female athletes. Your semantics are not relevant", Podcast star Tim Pool wrote responding to YouTuber The Amazing Athiest, who was defending trans-identified male participation in women’s categories.

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In 2021, Tres became the first trans-identified male to attempt to quality for Olympic Women’s skateboarding, submitting a virtual run for the USA National Skateboarding Championships. Initially, Tres was unable to submit a hormone levels test but was later told his testosterone was “much higher” than the required levels to compete in the female category.

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Tres isn’t the only trans-identified male to prompt outrage after taking the first spot in a women’s sporting competition this month. On June 3, Emily Bridges and Lilly Chant, both trans-identified males, took the first and second place spots, respectively, during the ThunderCrit race at the Herne Hill Velodrome in London. Jo Smith was the only female to take the winner’s podium, coming in third place. ThunderCrit is the UK’s largest fixed gear cycling race.

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A recent Gallup Poll revealed that 62% of Americans believe athletes should only be able to participate on sporting teams that correspond with their sex, not their chosen gender identity.

In 2020, a report released in the British Journal of Sport Medicine noted that trans-identified males were able to complete 31% more push-ups and 15% more sit-ups in one minute on average than a female Air Force service member. They also ran 1.5 miles 21% faster.

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