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Gold Medalist Caster Semenya Displays Grace Under Pressure
In a press conference with the medalists in the 800-meter race, journalists tried to focus the conversation on testosterone levels. The out South African runner pushed back.

South African gold medalist Caster Semenya continues to be the epitome of athleticism and class. Today, during a press conference with the other 800-meter medalists, the out athlete deflected invasive questions about both her and her fellow medalists’ genders. A reporter at the press conference asked all three women if they had been encouraged by the International Association of Athletics Federation, track and field’s governing body, to take medications that would reduce their testosterone levels. All three 800-meter medalists have been the object of much speculation about the possibility that they have a medical condition called hyperandrogenism, which means a higher-than-average level of testosterone.

After silver medalist Margaret Wambui responded to the question with an attempt to recenter the conversation on the race, Semenya spoke up and pushed back on the invasive inquiry, saying, 

“Excuse me, my friend. Tonight is all about performance. We are not here to talk about IAAF and speculations. Tonight is all about performance. This press conference is all about the 800-meter we ran today. So, thank you.”

Semenya came under intense scrutiny in 2009 after a number of stunning wins at the World Championships, and was subjected to “gender tests” by the IAAF. She was ultimately cleared to complete and won silver at the London Olympics in 2012. After Semenya’s stunning gold medal finish, British runner Lynsey Sharp complained that the IAAF’s new rules that no longer require hyperandrogenic women to take drugs to suppress their testosterone levels below certain levels gave Semenya an unfair advantage. Sharp finished sixth in the 800-meter race. There is currently no clear evidence than hyperandrogenic women have an athletic advantage.

During the press conference, Semenya also discussed the ways in which sport can unite people, saying:

“It is not about discriminating people and looking at people in terms of how they look, how they speak, and how they have run. It’s not about being masculine. It’s about sports. When you leave your apartment you don’t want to look at what you look like. You just want to do better. The message to people out there is to have fun and see what you can achieve. That’s what I want to say.”

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Talking with Kids about Transgender Athletes and Others - Mombian
Chris Mosier, the first transgender athlete on a U.S. national team, is starring in a new Nike ad during the Olympics.

Chris Mosier, the first transgender athlete on a U.S. national team, is starring in a new Nike ad during the Olympics. If you’re watching with your kids, however, they may (like mine) have questions about what it means to be transgender. Here are some resources to help you answer.

Goodbye, Nike.

Luke, age 11, is voluntarily ending his Nike obsession, after reading articles  about working conditions and human rights violations in Nike’s overseas factories.  And I really do mean obsession: he previously spent all his chore and gift money on Nike products, including expensive basketball shoes, socks, shirts, pants, and so on. It’s a lot.

Now his favorite athletic apparel brands are Adidas and Under Armour. From what he’s read, those brands are much better at social responsibility. Not perfect, but much better. For example…


  • Manufacturing: These guys clearly don’t want to be associated with the less-than-stellar human rights record of their competitors (*cough* Nike!*cough* *cough*). Adidas has a specially appointed team whose job is to not only conduct audits of their factories, but to work with their owners and managers to improve their compliance with global labor standards. Adidas also partners with the Fair Labor Association (FLA) to run independent factory audits, and they encourage workers to report any abuses by letting them anonymously text their suggestions, a system that’s met with great success.
  • Environmental: Adidas has a detailed five-year strategy to decrease their environmental impact and invest in sustainability efforts — they’ve actually sat down with Greenpeace and promised to put an end to all of their hazardous chemical discharges by 2020. They’re thinking a lot about their carbon footprint as well: Adidas is shooting for a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2015, and their energy efficiency programs have saved nearly 5,000 tons of carbon dioxide in Indonesia alone.
  • Philanthropy: Adidas has terrific corporate volunteer programs, and they support healthy communities through the Reebok Foundation (which is part of the Adidas Group) and the BOKS program, which brings school fitness programs to marginalized children. Adidas is a gigantic company, but they’ve used their size for good, spending millions on a broad range of initiatives in the developing world, with a particular emphasis on education, child welfare, and (of course) sports programs.

Under Armour

  • Manufacturing: This rising star of the active wear industry will not work with any manufacturers that engage in child labor, forced labor, discrimination, or poor health and safety standards. All of their Asian and Central American factory workers are guaranteed the minimum wage and compensation for overtime, and they enforce a zero-tolerance code of conduct that prohibits any form of corruption.
  • Environment: Their UA Green clothing line is one of the most eco-friendly we’ve seen. Every year, two million recycled plastic bottles are used to make their clothes, shoes, and hats, and Under Armor strives for a neutral environmental impact by buying one kilowatt hour of wind power for every kWh of electricity they use. They’ve also made hefty donations to Big Belly, an organization that installs solar-powered trash compactors all over Under Armour’s home town of Baltimore.
  • Philanthropy: Under Armor likes to dedicate clothing lines to specific causes. Their Power in Pink range sends its profits to several breast cancer organizations, and their Freedom line will have donated over a million dollars to injured veterans by 2014. Under Armor also works with Habitat for Humanity to build housing for underprivileged families, Big Brothers Big Sisters to mentor high schoolers, and many other charities.

(The text above is quoted from a 2013 article, “The 14 Athletic Wear Companies That Are Actually Good for the World.”)

I tend to be suspicious of corporate philanthropy and eco-friendliness — is it really doing the good they say it is? — but these manufacturing approaches appear to be a few notches above Nike’s famous sweatshops.

For Luke, it doesn’t hurt that his favorite basketball player, Steph Curry, switched his corporate allegiance from Nike to Under Armour.  Or that Curry’s signature shoe line with Under Armour features his favorite Bible verse — a branding move that Nike allegedly refused to do for Curry. 

Au revoir, Nike. Hey, you still got LeBron.