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Say What? Runner Caster Semenya on Her New Life


"I know who I am. I can't change what [people] say. . . I am a fighter. I never give up. And I knew I was going to get better."

— South African sprinter Caster Semenya has opened up to the media, after officials at the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) publicly called her sex into question this past August. The controversial sex test reportedly revealed that Caster is intersex, and next Friday the IAAF is set to rule on Caster's case. The organization could either ban Caster from competing, require her to undergo surgery, or allow her to compete as she is.

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snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
i don't think she should be allowed to compete with women, but i feel so bad that all this has happened in the public eye. i wish her the best.
PhillyEagles1 PhillyEagles1 7 years
Naturally Glam - Her testosterone is 3 times higher than the normal woman. 3 TIMES! She is off the charts.This is why men and women don't compete in sports with each other. It is unfair.
PhillyEagles1 PhillyEagles1 7 years
Naturally Glam - Her testosterone is 3 times higher than the normal woman. 3 TIMES! She is off the charts. This is why men and women don't compete in sports with each other. It is unfair.
Jen-Erate Jen-Erate 7 years
Its too bad with all of sports that it isnt about the competition but rahter about winning. If it was just competition then she could just run with whoever. Everyone always has to know who was first though.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I agree, notinthemood. I don't blame her for her situation and I think that her sex should have been questioned in a less public manner, but she does have an unfair advantage at this time.
NaturallyGlam NaturallyGlam 7 years
I agree with doogirl. Besides, even though she does make the extra testosterone, I believe that her tests showed that it was still within the range of female testosterone production. It may not be the average, but it is still within the range.
doogirl doogirl 7 years
No no no!!! She should totally be able to compete as she is. She should not be singled out because of the way she was born, that is unfair! She may make a little more testosterone, but that doesn't necessarily mean that it's an advantage. The scrutiny that this woman has gone through makes me sick! She's a woman, that's all!
sleekeasy sleekeasy 7 years
what a delicate situation, i don't envy the decision makers. whatever the outcome, there will still be controversy.
CHOOCHOO CHOOCHOO 7 years
Yep. notinthemood hit the nail on the head. Caster has something other female runners do not and cannot ever have as an advantage in competitive running. That she was born that way is certainly not her fault, and it stinks that all of that was aired publicly.
CHOOCHOO CHOOCHOO 7 years
Yep. notinthemood hit the nail on the head. Caster has something other female runners do not and cannot ever have as an advantage in competitive running. That she was born that way is certainly not her fault, and it stinks that all of that was aired publicly.
Sherellj Sherellj 7 years
I feel how they put her business out there like that so unprofessional honestly
janneth janneth 7 years
Does she win all her races now?
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I'm with notinthemood too. The public way in which she was treated is really unfortunate, but the fact remains that she has a huge advantage over other female runners that can't be made up for legally, without drugs.
Le_silla Le_silla 7 years
I agree with notinthemood.
Le_silla Le_silla 7 years
I agree with notinthemood.
notinthemood notinthemood 7 years
I don't think she should be allowed to compete as she is... she makes something like 3 times the normal amount of testosterone that a regular female athlete would, putting her at a severe advantage over other runners. I think it's unfortunate that it was called out as it was, but the reality is that in order to be competitive against her, a woman would have to take steroids, which is illegal per the rules. If I were an athlete, I certainly wouldn't think it were fair.
jem2 jem2 7 years
she should be allowed to compete as she is!
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