Quinn: First out trans Olympian isn't just thinking about medals at Tokyo 2020 -- 'The fight isn't close to over'

    Canada's Quinn leaves the field at the end of a women's soccer match against Chile at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 24, 2021, in Sapporo, Japan.

    (CNN)Canadian footballer Quinn made history at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games by becoming the first trans and the first non-binary athlete to win a medal.

    It took two periods of extra-time and a drama-filled penalty shootout, but Canada's Julia Grosso buried the game-winner against Sweden to capture the first-ever gold medal for the country in women's football.
    Stina Blackstenius had scored the first goal to put Sweden ahead in the first half. Canada drew level thanks to a Jessie Fleming penalty in the second half to force the game into extra time before the shootout ensued.
      But at Tokyo 2020, ​the star athlete known by the single name Quinn hasn't been just thinking about medals.
        After Monday's semifinal win over the United States Women's National Team -- Canada's first win over its North American rival in 20 years -- Quinn, who uses they and them pronouns, told CBC Sports that they've been "getting messages from young people saying they've never seen a trans person in sports before."
        "Athletics is the most exciting part of my life and it brings me the most joy. If I can allow kids to play the sports they love, that's my legacy and that's what I'm here for."
        With the help of Quinn, Canada beat the United States in the women's football semifinal on  August 2.
        Quinn's mother ​Linda played basketball at the University of Waterloo in Canada, while their father Bill played rugby at the University of Western Ontario.
          Quinn, who plays for Seattle OL Reign in the NWSL, made their debut for Canada in 2014.
          The 25-year-old has since made 68 appearances for their country, including winning a bronze medal with the team in Rio in 2016 -- but at the time they ​were not publicly known to be trans.
          Fast forward to 2021 and on July 21, Quinn became the first out trans athlete to compete at an Olympic Games.
          "First openly trans Olympian to compete. I don't know how to feel," they wrote in a post on Instagram.
          "I feel proud seeing "Quinn" up on the line-up and on my accreditation. I feel sad knowing there were Olympians before me unable to live their truth because of the world.
          "I feel optimistic for change. Change in legislature. Changes in rules, structures, and mindsets."
          "Mostly, I feel aware of the realities. Trans girls being banned from sports. Trans women facing discrimination and bias while trying to pursue their Olympic dreams. The fight isn't close to over ... and I'll celebrate when we're all here."
          Quinn is a dynamic midfielder who has been pivotal in opening up the play for Canada. They have started four out of five matches at these Olympic Games, including the semifinal against US, and are sure to play a significant role in the final.
          Goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé has been crucial to Canada's success so far and the team will be looking to record international goalscorer Christine Sinclair -- in both men's and women's football -- and her leadership as captain to help them walk away with the gold.