Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard Makes Olympic History as First Transgender Woman to Compete in Games - E! Online

Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard Makes Olympic History as First Transgender Woman to Compete in Games

8/2/2021 7:01:00 PM

Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard Makes Olympic History as First Transgender Woman to Compete in Games

New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard became the first openly transgender female athlete at the Olympics. But she isn’t the only transgender competitor at the 2020 Tokyo Games.

to allow transgender competitors.Hubbard—also the oldest lifter at the Tokyo Games—previously competed in men's weightlifting competitions before she transitioned in 2013. And while she didn't nab a medal, Hubbard is certainly feeling grateful for her home country

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andthe IOC."They have supported me through what have been quite difficult times," Hubbard explained after the competition, perUSA Today."I know that my participation at these Games has not been entirely without controversy, but they have been just so wonderful."

According to Hubbard, her presence "reaffirmed [the IOC's] commitment to the principles of the Olympism" since instating the transgender competitor policy. "They have demonstrated, I think, that sport is something that all people around the world can do," she continued. "It's inclusive. It's accessible." headtopics.com

2020 Tokyo Olympics Candid PhotosAs for her performance, Hubbard admitted that "from a sporting perspective, I didn't really hit the standards that I've put on myself and perhaps the standards that my country has expected of me [but] one of the things for which I am so profoundly grateful is that I have supporters in New Zealand that have given me so much love and encouragement," she concluded. "Behind every weightlifter, there is a team of people who have offered support, encouragement."

Stanislav Krasilnikov\TASS via Getty ImagesHubbard may be the first, but she certainly will not be the last transgender athlete to compete in the Games. In fact, later in the day Aug. 2, Canada'sQuinn, who also identifies as transgender, led their soccer team to victory against the U.S.

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Cute If you have a penis, you’re a man. Doesn’t matter what you “think” you are or “want” to be. That’s how life has always been. Unfair. Once again women are being pushed back to the end of the line. Funny, where are the women turned into men competing against men? I don't see a single story on that. Waiting.....yeah right I'm sure it will be crickets. How much more can women take? Seriously, enough is enough.

Flop Hes a guy! Not a woman! He's got a penis! I don’t see how this is fair? I don’t think this is something to celebrate. We should talk about how we can be inclusive AND fair, not spouting empty platitudes. And Caster Semenya was banned from competing. Not being transphobic at all, just pondering the fairness. CasterSemenya

Congrats!! Well done.