Keelin Godsey (born Kelly Godsey, January 2, 1984, in Massachusetts) was the first openly transgender athlete to compete for a spot on the United States Olympic team. Godsey was born biologically female, has openly identified as male since 2005, and competed in women's hammer throw competitions.
Early life and education
Women's hammer throw
Godsey won two national collegiate championships in the women's hammer throw. He set the NCAA Division III record in the hammer throw twice (in 2005 and 2006), a record which he still held as of May 2015. He earned All-America status in four different throwing disciplines: shot put, weight throw, discus throw, and hammer throw. He was named USTFCCCA New England Region track and field athlete of the year twice, and was named to the NCAA Silver Anniversary Division III track and field championship team.
U.S. Olympic trials and international competition
At the 2008 U.S. Olympic trials for the 2008 summer Olympics, Godsey finished in eighth place in the hammer throw.
At the U.S. Olympic trials for the London 2012 summer Olympics, Godsey placed fifth in the women's hammer throw competition at Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, with a mark of 70.48 metres (231 ft 3 in), missing a spot on the three-member U.S. team by 0.29 metres (11 in).
Hammer throw season bests
|2012||70.48||Beaverton, Oregon||21 June|
|2011||68.90||Eugene, Oregon||25 June|
|2010||64.20||Cambridge, Massachusetts||21 May|
|2009||66.99||Tucson, Arizona||23 May|
|2008||66.22||Eugene, Oregon||3 July|
|2007||64.64||Cambridge, Massachusetts||13 July|
|2006||62.92||Lisle, Illinois||26 May|
|2005||62.82||Jersey City, New Jersey||20 May|
|2004||60.41||Springfield, Massachusetts||1 May|
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