90 Miles From Tyranny : Laurel Hubbard: New Zealand weightlifter becomes first transgender athlete picked for Olympic Games

Monday, June 21, 2021

Laurel Hubbard: New Zealand weightlifter becomes first transgender athlete picked for Olympic Games

Laurel Hubbard will compete in the women's super-heavyweight division, aged 43 - the oldest weightlifter at the games.

New Zealand's Laurel Hubbard will become the first transgender athlete to compete at the Olympic Games after being selected for her country's weightlifting team.

The 43-year-old is among the five weightlifters confirmed on Monday in the Kiwis' team for Tokyo 2021.

She lifted 185kg in two lifts on the way to qualifying in the women's super-heavyweight division and will be the oldest weightlifter at the event.

Hubbard - who competed in men's events before transitioning in 2012 - will be ranked fourth in the competition in the 87kg-and-over category, which will start on 2 August.

The weightlifter won silver at the 2017 World Championships and gold in the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa, having sustained a broken arm at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia - setting her career back.

Reacting to news of her selection for Tokyo, she said: "I am grateful and humbled by the kindness and support that has been given to...

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  1. "Her"

    He is a man. He has always been a man. He will always be a man. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it so.

  2. I seriously hope (s)he wins gold. Maybe enough people will actually realize the stupidity of allowing this nonsense and force the IOC to address the transgender issue. Let trans folks enter lots more and they'll see they've destroyed the Olympics.

  3. Every woman he is competing against should refuse to participate. The whole thing is absurd. As the meme says: Calling all males. Women's medals, records, scholarships and sponsorships are now up for grabs! Live your dream by ruining theirs!

  4. You can lop the fins off a '57 Chevy, but that doesn't make it a Mustang.

    Now, males with mental illness issues will destroy women's sports.


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