Riley Gaines | S1E8

Thursday, June 27 | 6 PM ET

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Join Lou Holtz and Riley Gaines as they discuss the fairness of transgender athletes in women’s sports, Title IX implications, and the future of athletic competition. Discover personal stories and expert perspectives in this thought-provoking episode.

In this powerful episode of the Lou Holtz Podcast, legendary coach Lou Holtz is joined by Riley Gaines to delve into one of the most contentious issues in sports today: the inclusion of transgender athletes in women’s sports. Riley Gaines, a twelve-time All-American swimmer and outspoken advocate for women’s sports, shares her personal experiences and insights on the matter, particularly her encounters with Lia Thomas, a transgender swimmer who has stirred significant debate.

Lou and Riley explore the implications of allowing transgender athletes to compete in women’s sports, focusing on the concepts of fairness and equality. They discuss the challenges posed by Title IX, which was originally designed to ensure equal opportunities for women in sports, and how its application is being questioned in today’s context. Riley recounts her own journey, from competing against Lia Thomas to the broader impact on her teammates and women’s sports in general.

The conversation goes beyond the pool, touching on the broader cultural and legislative battles surrounding this issue. Riley explains her involvement in various legislative efforts to protect the integrity of women’s sports and shares her thoughts on what strong leadership in this area looks like. Lou Holtz, with his extensive background in coaching and leadership, provides his perspective on the role of coaches, parents, and institutions in navigating these challenging times.

Faith and personal values play a significant role in Riley’s story, and she speaks candidly about how her faith has guided her through these challenges. Lou and Riley also discuss the importance of family support and the values that have helped shape their paths.

This episode is not just about sports; it’s about the broader societal implications of gender and fairness, the role of leadership, and the power of standing up for one’s beliefs. Riley Gaines’ courage and determination shine through as she advocates for a level playing field for all female athletes.

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