Canadian downhill racer Danika Schoeter has formally apologized for her involvement in an incident at the podium presentation of the Canadian downhill national championships on July 23.
On the podium, Schroeter wore a t-shirt with the slogan "100% Pure Woman CHAMP 2006" while her supporters shouted insults and obscenities at winner Michelle Dumaresq, a transsexual who has clearance from the Canadian Cycling Association (CCA) to race the women's category. Schroeter was suspended by the CCA for her part in the incident.
In an apology posted on the CCA website, Schroeter wrote, "What happened at Nationals was regrettable. The message upon my t-shirt was inappropriate, insulting and directed negative attention towards my sport. I feel horrible for my role in what happened. And I extend my sincere apology to the CCA, my fellow racers, and the cycling community."
Schroeter asked that other racers, "please learn from this unfortunate incident. Racing can be an emotional experience, but it is important to act responsibly and with forethought. Clarify for yourself why you race, educate yourself on the rules you have agreed to follow, and make sure you live up to those standards."