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Laurel Hubbard, a Weightlifter from New Zealand, will be the First Transgender Athlete to Compete in the Olympics

Laurel Hubbard, a Weightlifter from New Zealand, will be the First Transgender Athlete to Compete in the Olympics
Laurel Hubbard, a Weightlifter from New Zealand, will be the First Transgender Athlete to Compete in the Olympics
Laurel Hubbard, will be the First Transgender Athlete to Compete in the Olympics 📷 Paul Childs | Reuters

Laurel Hubbard, 43, has been picked to participate in Tokyo this summer in the women’s super-heavyweight division. She will become the first transgender athlete to compete at the Olympics. Before transition in 2013, she competed in men’s weightlifting contests.

Laurel Hubbard, a Weightlifter from New Zealand, will be the First Transgender Athlete to Compete in the Olympics
Laurel Hubbard before she transitioned in 2013 📷 dailymail.co.uk

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Kereyn Smith, the chairman of the New Zealand Olympic Committee, hailed Hubbard’s selection as a “historic moment in sport and for the New Zealand team.”

“She is our first Olympian who has transitioned from male to female,” Kereyn Smith said. “We do know that there are many questions about the fairness of transgender athletes competing in the Olympic Games but I would like to take this opportunity to remind us all that Laurel has met all of the required criteria.”

Laurel Hubbard, a Weightlifter from New Zealand, will be the First Transgender Athlete to Compete in the Olympics
On day five of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Hubbard competed in the Women’s +90kg Final in Weightlifting. 📷 Getty Images


The International Olympic Committee published guidelines in 2015 that enable any transgender competitor to participate as a woman if their testosterone levels are below ten nanomoles per liter for at least one year prior to their first competition. The International Weightlifting Federation, International Olympic Committee, and New Zealand Olympic Committee all verified her eligibility for the Olympics this year. However, the argument over whether it is fair to allow biological males to compete against women is still ongoing.

Laurel Hubbard, a Weightlifter from New Zealand, will be the First Transgender Athlete to Compete in the Olympics
Laurel Hubbard, will be the First Transgender Athlete to Compete in the Olympics 📷 News Corp Australia

Laurel Hubbard will be the First Transgender Athlete to Compete in the Olympics

Transgender athlete makes NZ's weightlifting team
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Laurel Hubbard, a Weightlifter from New Zealand, will be the First Transgender Athlete to Compete in the Olympics
Laurel Hubbard, a Weightlifter from New Zealand, will be the First Transgender Athlete to Compete in the Olympics

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