Transgender and nonbinary athlete Nikki Hiltz has smashed the qualifying time to make the US Olympic Team

Matt Shrivell
The Nightly
Nikki Hiltz celebrates crossing the finish line to win the women's 1500 meter final on Day Ten of the 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Track & Field Trials at Hayward Field on June 30, 2024 in Eugene, Oregon.
Nikki Hiltz celebrates crossing the finish line to win the women's 1500 meter final on Day Ten of the 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Track & Field Trials at Hayward Field on June 30, 2024 in Eugene, Oregon. Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

A transgender and nonbinary runner has smashed a record time on their way to qualifying for the US Olympic Track Team.

Nikki Hiltz who identifies using the pronouns they/them will be on the plane to Paris after winning the 1500m trial race in Oregon.

Hiltz clocked a final 1500m time of 3:55.33 at Hayward Field, which obliterated Elle St. Pierre’s previous U.S. trials record of 3:58.03, set in 2021.

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The celebrations began straight after crossing the line with the 29-year-old’s partner and fellow track and field runner Emma Gee.

“This is bigger than just me. It’s the last day of Pride Month. I wanted to run this one for my community,’’ Hiltz said.

Hiltz took to social media to announce to the world they had achieved a lifelong dream.

“Yesterday afternoon in Eugene Oregon a childhood dream of mine came true. I’m not sure when this will fully sink in … All I know is today I’m waking up just so grateful for my people, overwhelmed by all the love and support, and filled with joy that I get to race people I deeply love and respect around a track for a living.”

On Instagram, Gee, who was the first LGBTQ student-athlete at Brigham Young University, shared photos and said: “So many years in the making … what an incredible journey & performance. You belong anywhere you decide to be.”

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