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coffeesp00ns  ·  2007 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: From A Symbol Of Athletic Power To A Symbol Of Gender Transition

See, you could rewrite that whole sentence and make it more clear and more inclusive:

    The American media in 1976 were infatuated with Jenner, as much for their looks as for their athletic prowess. Time magazine called Jenner “beautifully sculpted” and described “the waning light shining on [their] flapping chestnut hair” as they crossed the finish line.

no mixed pronouns, much clearer to read. you could even modify

    “the waning light shining on [their] flapping chestnut hair” as they crossed the finish line.

to

    “the waning light shining on [their] flapping chestnut hair” crossing the finish line.

without too much trouble. Using the gender neutral pronouns also allows you to talk about Jenner without misgendering, but also without the sudden mental hurdle (for some people), and current permissive anomaly of referring to them with female pronouns.