29-year-old trans woman from Los Angeles beats 13-year-old girl for first place in New York women’s figure skating

A 29-year-old trans woman beat out a 13-year-old girl to win first place in a women’s skateboarding competition in New York.

Ricci Tres, who was born male but now identifies as female, won the Boardr Open, a street skate contest that is open to all entrants at all skill levels, but is divided into male and female contests.

Tres, a native of Los Angeles, won the women’s title and a $500 prize while Shiloh Catori, 13, of Tampa, Florida, came in second and took home $250.

Shiloh placed first in last year’s event and won first prize.

Of the six competitors, four were under the age of 17, including a 10-year-old girl, Juri Iikura, who placed fifth.

Prior to Tres’s victory, Sports Illustrated and The Boardr’s sponsor Red Bull published stories strongly suggesting that male-pubescent skaters, like Tres, have inherent advantages over their female rivals.

Last year, Sports Illustrated reported on efforts to popularize skateboarding among women, saying “men’s best tricks tend to be more powerful than women’s” at the 2020 Olympics, meaning they achieved best scores.

The magazine explained that men and women are scored using the exact same criteria, without weighting to address the natural disadvantage women face.

The low strength levels of many female skaters meant they couldn’t perform the same complex stunts. They tended to achieve lower results, which they admitted to find discouraging.

Ricci Tres, 29, who is trans, won the women’s division of The Boardr Open today in New York City, taking home a $500 first-place prize.

Three beat 13-year-old Shiloh Catori of Florida who came in second

Three beat 13-year-old Shiloh Catori of Florida who came in second

Of the six competitors, four were under the age of 17, the youngest being 10. Taylor Silverman described the winner as 'male' despite the fact that Ricci Tres identified as a trans woman.

Of the six competitors, four were under the age of 17, the youngest being 10. Taylor Silverman described the winner as ‘male’ despite the fact that Ricci Tres identified as a trans woman.

In 2016, The Boardr's sponsor Red Bull published a blog suggesting that athletes who go through male puberty, like Tres, may have biological advantages due to muscle growth.

In 2016, The Boardr’s sponsor Red Bull published a blog suggesting that athletes who go through male puberty, like Tres, may have biological advantages due to muscle growth.

Last year, Sports Illustrated published its own article saying that female skaters tended to score lower than their male rivals because men's tricks are 'more powerful'.  Both categories are scored using exactly the same scale, without weighting women.

Last year, Sports Illustrated published its own article saying that female skaters tended to score lower than their male rivals because men’s tricks are ‘more powerful’. Both categories are scored using exactly the same scale, without weighting women.

A Red Bull skating blog published in 2016 also said that bigger muscles make a better skater. Red Bull also sponsored the event that Tres won and has endorsed her as the winner in the face of unfair claims.

The Red Bull blog said: ‘The core of a skateboarder plays a very important role. The muscle group of the abdominal region, the obliques and part of the back, play a fundamental role in skateboarding performance.

“Since the sport requires moving on unstable surfaces, the core provides the force to stabilize the body and balance it.”

Male athletes, or transgender women who have gone through male puberty, are more likely to have larger oblique back muscles, which could have given Tres an unfair advantage over her rivals.

Shiloh posted a video Monday saying she was “not at all upset” about the result.

‘I’m not upset at all like everyone. In any case, I’m really worried about how Ricci must feel. I really admire his courage. I can’t imagine how horrible it must feel to see all this hate from all these people.

“Skateboarding is a wonderful sport – we accept and love everyone, no matter how they choose to be identified. We are not critical people,’ he said.

However, Ricci’s win rankled fellow figure skater Taylor Silverman, who, as a woman, revealed how she has placed runner-up several times in recent competitions after being beaten by trans women.

“I’ve been to three different pageants with trans women, two of which I came in second place with,” Silverman wrote in an Instagram post.

She told how in a competition organized by Red Bull, the transgender winner won thousands of dollars.

“This totaled $5,000 of the prize money earmarked for female athletes,” Silverman noted.

Skater and transgender woman Ricci Tres (centre) is seen in photos on her Facebook

Skater and transgender woman Ricci Tres (centre) is seen in photos on her Facebook

Skater Shiloh Catori, 13, is seen in photos on her Instagram page

Skater Shiloh Catori, 13, is seen in photos on her Instagram page

Shiloh Catori, 13, won $250 after placing second at The Boardr Open in New York City

Shiloh Catori, 13, won $250 after placing second at The Boardr Open in New York City

Silverman lost to trans skater Lilian Gallagher during the competition held in May.

Since then, she has used her social media presence to campaign for the preservation of women’s athletics by calling for competitions to return to women versus other biological women and men versus biological men.

“Got up to Redbull and they ignored me,” Silverman wrote on Instagram. ‘I’m sick of being bullied into silence.

‘What happened was unfair and at the time I was too uncomfortable to speak. I understand that in today’s society, even some women think this is acceptable, but I believe in doing the right thing, even if it’s not the popular thing to do. Now I realize that it is really important for me to speak and I would like to schedule a time to speak.’

The news irked fellow figure skater Taylor Silverman, who as a woman revealed how she has placed second several times in recent competitions after being beaten by trans women.

The news irked fellow figure skater Taylor Silverman, who as a woman revealed how she has placed second several times in recent competitions after being beaten by trans women.

Last December, the issue was thrust into the spotlight when University of Pennsylvania trans swimmer Lia Thomas bested other women competing at the University of Akron Zippy Invitational.

Last December, the issue was thrust into the spotlight when University of Pennsylvania trans swimmer Lia Thomas bested other women competing at the University of Akron Zippy Invitational.

Silverman’s comments come as it has been hotly debated whether trans women have a competitive advantage over biological women.

Last December, the topic was thrust into the spotlight when University of Pennsylvania trans swimmer Lia Thomas outclassed other women competing at the University of Akron Zippy Invitational, winning the 1650 freestyle by 38 seconds. , the 500 freestyle for 12 seconds and the 200 for 7. seconds. Thomas set new Penn, pool, and meet records.

Thomas had swum competitively for the men’s team for three years before switching to the women’s team.

A recent Gallup poll suggested that 62% of Americans believe that athletes should only be allowed to participate in sports teams that correspond to their birth sex rather than their gender identity.

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