Former Olympian Inga Thompson sounds off on women’s group after controversial ‘white supremacist’ accusations


Three-time Olympic cyclist Inga Thompson is sounding off on the Nationwide Group for Girls (NOW) after the group slammed a current lawsuit filed in opposition to the NCAA by greater than a dozen school athletes for instance of “white supremacist patriarchy at work.”

Thompson, a adorned U.S. cyclist who competed on the 1984, 1988 and 1992 Video games, spoke to Fox Information Digital concerning the controversial social media put up shared to X over the weekend. 

Inga Thompson Bennett in August 1986 (Duane Howell/The Denver Submit through Getty Pictures)

Within the put up, NOW criticized a lawsuit filed final month by former Kentucky swimmer Riley Gaines and several other different school athletes who accused the NCAA of violating their Title IX rights by permitting former College of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas, a transgender girl, to compete on the nationwide championships in 2022. 


“Repeat after us: Weaponizing womenhood in opposition to different ladies is white supremacist patriarchy at work,” the put up learn. “Making folks consider there is not sufficient area for trans ladies in sports activities is white supremacist patriarchy at work.”

However Thompson disagrees. 

“They’re all makes an attempt at silencing ladies by throwing these accusations on the market,” she stated of the language utilized in NOW’s put up. “Once you get to the foundation reason for this, we’re none of that. We’re none of that. It’s merely ladies asking for our sex-separated rights.”

Transgender flag

An individual holds a transgender pleasure flag as folks collect on Christopher Avenue outdoors the Stonewall Inn for a rally to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York, June 28, 2019. (Angela Weiss/AFP through Getty Pictures)

In 2022, Thomas would go on to develop into the primary overtly transgender athlete to win a Division I title in any sport after taking first within the 500-yard freestyle. Thomas would additionally tie with Gaines for fifth within the 200-yard closing, though Gaines wouldn’t be awarded the trophy. 

“It goes deeper than simply the medals,” Thompson argued. “It is taken away alternatives for girls. And we nonetheless haven’t got 50% of the alternatives on the market. Males nonetheless have much more alternatives in sports activities than ladies do. And so the few alternatives that now we have, they need these too.” 


The lawsuit, which named the NCAA, College System of Georgia, Georgia Tech College, College of Georgia, College of North Georgia and members of the Board of Regents of the College System of Georgia as defendants, detailed a number of accusations of Title IX violations, together with Thomas’ potential to make use of the ladies’s locker room. 

“… The NCAA has concurrently imposed a radical anti-woman agenda on school sports activities, reinterpreting Title IX to outline ladies as a testosterone degree, allowing males to compete on ladies’s groups,” the criticism says, “and destroying feminine secure areas in ladies’s locker rooms by authorizing bare males possessing full male genitalia to disrobe in entrance of non-consenting school ladies and creating conditions wherein unwilling feminine school athletes unwittingly or reluctantly expose their bare or partially clad our bodies to males, subjecting ladies to a lack of their constitutional proper to bodily privateness.”

NCAA Nationals podium with Lia Thomas

Lia Thomas, left, of the College of Pennsylvania stands on the rostrum after profitable the 500-yard freestyle as different medalists, from left, Emma Weyant, Erica Sullivan and Brooke Forde pose for a photograph on the NCAA Division I Girls’s Swimming and Diving Championshipon March 17, 2022, in Atlanta. (Justin Casterline/Getty Pictures)

After coming underneath hearth throughout Thomas’ emergence within the ladies’s classes, the NCAA introduced that it was adopting a sport-by-sport coverage on transgender athlete participation so as to align itself with the “Olympic motion.” 

However there lies the problem, Thompson argues. 


The Worldwide Olympic Committee introduced a brand new framework recommendation policy in November 2021 that gave particular person sports activities governing our bodies the power to create their very own insurance policies primarily based on the IOC’s 10-principle strategy. Critics, like Thompson, argued that the up to date coverage targeted extra on inclusion than science-backed analysis. 

“They principally stated that inclusion was extra vital than equity, they usually made their resolution primarily based on inclusion being extra vital than equity to ladies,” she stated. “I feel all people appears from management on the prime with the IOC. However the IOC has confirmed that they are not displaying management so far as the protection and defending of girls in sports activities.” 

Inga Thompson podium

From left, Jeannie Longo (second place), Valerie Simmonet (first) and Inga Thompson (third) rejoice on the rostrum following the Vail Criterium stage of the Coors Worldwide Bicycle Basic on Aug. 11, 1985, in Vail, Colorado. (David Madison/Getty Pictures)

Thompson believes the present local weather surrounding ladies’s sports activities isn’t good, however she stays hopeful. 

“We’d like to have the ability to talk about organic actuality, and we’d like to have the ability to have reality, and phrases have to have a which means. They usually’re attempting to take the phrase girl away from us.” 

Fox Information’ Ryan Gaydos and Lindsay Kornick, and The Related Press contributed to this report. 

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