Riley Gaines was a star in her chosen field long before she was a household name. The former University of Kentucky swimmer was a twelve-time All-American, five-time SEC Champion, and two-time Olympic trials qualifier. But it wasn’t until 2022 when she broke on to the national political scene and redefined the debate about biological men competing in women’s sports.
Famously, Gaines tied University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas for fifth place at the NCAA women’s swimming championship in 2022 in the 200-meter freestyle. Thomas, a male who identifies as a woman, had been permitted by the NCAA to compete against female swimmers…
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