Former USA Swimming chief Cynthia Millen called University of Pennsylvania transgender athlete Lia Thomas’ record dominance in college women’s swimming “grossly unfair” on Wednesday on “The Ingraham Angle.”
“It puts women who can never compete with a man at a glaring disadvantage by essentially calling that person a competitor,” Millen told host Raymond Arroyo. âHe’s not. It’s his body that will always be different and will always be faster as a competitive swimmer. And it’s that great illusion that one way or another, because “he feels he’s a woman, that he can be a swimmer. It’s grossly unfair to all the women who have worked so hard. Biologically, women will never be faster than men.”
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âBodies swim against bodies. Gender identities don’t swim,â she said. “Lia is a man who swims against women.”
The former swimming manager pointed to the relevant biological differences between male and female swimmers, noting that men swim “8 to 12 percent faster than women.”
They also have greater lung, heart, circulatory and skeletal capacity, she said.
Thomas’ year off to use anti-testosterone drugs “[did] not change Lia’s body, âshe said.
âSo every time Lia jumps in the pool it’s a man facing women,â she continued. “It’s totally unfair.”
With every stroke, Thomas gets closer to the records set by great Olympic champions Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky.
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âIt’s going to erase women’s Olympic records, and it’s not fair for the swimmers, and it’s definitely horrible for the little girls who play the sport,â she said. “They don’t matter.”