Duke alum Quinn makes history with Olympic gold

Duke alum and former Duke Women's Soccer player Quinn made history on Friday, August 6, 2021 when they became the first openly transgender and non-binary athlete to ever win an Olympic medal following their team's stunning defeat of Sweden in the women's final.

Canada’s 3-2 win over Sweden in penalty kicks marks the first time the Canadian women’s soccer team has ever won Olympic gold and the first women’s Olympic soccer final to be decided on penalty kicks, according to FIFA.

Tokyo 2020 marked the fourth consecutive Olympics in which Duke women's soccer was represented by a former player. Class of 2002 graduate Rebecca Smith was a member of the New Zealand national team in the 2008 and 2012 games, before Quinn suited up for Canada in 2016.

Quinn became one of the most decorated players in program history in their five-year career at Duke (2013-17). They helped the Blue Devils reach the national title game in 2015, earning All-ACC Third Team and NSCAA All-Southeast Region honors along the way. In the memorable 2017 campaign that resulted in a College Cup appearance, Quinn became Duke's first ACC Midfielder of the Year recipient, while also garnering United Soccer Coaches first-team All-America and first-team All-ACC status.

Quinn became the highest drafted Canadian in National Women's Soccer League history when they were selected third overall by the Washington Spirit in the 2018 NWSL Draft. After spending a year with the Spirit and an additional season overseas with Paris FC, they now compete for the NWSL's OL Reign.