The man who conquered the north.

The past year ,2016, International Triathlon Union Duathlon World Championship saw history made the weekend of June 4-5. Not in terms of speed, not because of a comeback. History was made in Aviles, Spain, because for the first time since the International Olympic Committee adopted new rules addressing the eligibility of transgender athletes, an out trans athlete competed in an IOC-regulated world championship event. Chris Mosier blazed this trail after years of work and competition, after earning a place on Team USA in 2015.

History has been made, and Mosier hits the finish line, finishing second among the American men in his age group and 144th among 434 competitors across all age groups.

And that's the point, that Mosier didn't simply earn this opportunity or finally get to race once the IOC updated its policies to acknowledge the reality of many trans people in sports. Nor is it just about the fact that he raced and finished and thus done something valuable for all trans athletes and all trans people. Beyond delivering on that privilege, he also collected something more basic, and more valuable: the earned sense of belonging that only excellence makes possible, but only your fellow competitors, Mosier's fellow men, can truly acknowledge. That's an earned benefit from an earned opportunity, something sports offers every athlete.

Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer.

This work is a small part of an assigment for ESPN