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Transgender weightlifter, exits event early after failing on all three attempts
 

 
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Laurel Hubbard, a transgender weightlifter from New Zealand, was knocked out of the women’s 87+ kilogram competition early after failing on all three of her attempts.

Hubbard failed on her first attempt to get 120kg above her head, bailing out early. On her second attempt at 125kg, she was able to get the weight up and pumped her fist after in satisfaction, however judges ruled it a “no lift.”

She returned quickly for another attempt at 125kg only to fail to stand up with the weight above her head. Hubbard was the only one of the 13 finalists to not complete at least one lift.

After the bar fell to the ground, she patted her chest and made a heart out of her hands as a signal to those in attendance and, presumably, anyone watching around the world.

“Thank you so very much for your interest in my humble sporting performance tonight,” Hubbard said to the media. “I know from a sporting perspective I did not live up to the standards I put upon myself.”

Hubbard went on to thank fans in New Zealand, the Japanese people and a number of sports organizations including the Federation of International Gymnastics and the New Zealand Olympic Committee.

“I know my participation in these games has not been entirely without controversy,” Hubbard said, mentioning some “quite difficult times.”

She then praised the International Olympic Committee for letting her compete here.

“[The IOC has] been extraordinarily supportive and I think that they have reaffirmed the principles of the Olympics that sport is something that all people around the world can do, that it is inclusive and successful,” Hubbard said.

She took no questions from the media.

Hubbard has generated enormous attention in the run-up to the 87+kg finals. Her presence has sparked debates about whether transgender athletes should be included, and by what standards, in the Olympics against concerns about what is fair to the other competitors.

In the middle is limited scientific research concerning the advantages for the transgender athletes, especially those who didn’t transition until after they went through puberty as a male.

The International Olympic Committee has said it will unveil a new framework on the issue soon, calling its current policy “outdated.”

In the interim, Hubbard took the stage here inside a theater in central Tokyo, where no fans but plenty of media from around the world were there to watch.

What advantages Hubbard had were impossible to know, especially in lieu of her performance.

She stood out on age alone, though; at 43, she was by far the oldest of the 13 finalists. American Sarah Elizabeth Robles was 33, but everyone else was in their 20s, including six competitors aged 21 or younger.

Hubbard didn’t transition to female until she was 35.

The IOC is still wrestling with the issue. Its guidance will determine the standards applied by many individual sports federations, such as, in this case, the International Weightlifting Federation.

"What's really important to remember is that trans women are women,” said Richard Budgett, director of the IOC’s medical and scientific department. “And so, in the spirit of inclusion in sport, if at all possible, they should be included in sport.

“It's only where there's evidence of real concern — that that would lead to a disproportionate performance advantage for those individuals — should any rules and regulations come in to change that eligibility,” Budgett said. “The IOC is determined to increase inclusion in sport as one of the fundamentals, but at the same time our highest, highest priority is fairness."

The challenge for the IOC is determining that “fairness.”

Transgender women competing in elite competitions are so rare that experts say are still making a*sumptions, especially when trying to determine allowable amounts of hormones in the athlete.

There are also variances in different sports and even different events within a sport. Do transgender athletes have greater endurance? Strength? Stamina? Etc.

"What might be true for rowing and this specific discipline — where potentially testosterone or other aspects come into play in order to justify the reasons there is a disproportionate advantage — might be totally irrelevant in another context,” said Katie Mascagni, the IOC’s head of public affairs.

A transgender athlete competing in a sport such as weightlifting is simply competing against the bar. She can play no defense or prevent anyone else from doing their best. The sport is already divided up into weight classes.

That wouldn’t be the case if this was soccer or basketball, “non-contact” sports that are home to plenty of contact. Then there are the combat sports of Judo or boxing where the safety of the competing athlete would become an issue.

It’s one thing for a woman to be beaten out for a medal or a spot in the finals in weightlifting, At least there is no physical danger.

How does the IOC tackle that?

“That is an argument, isn’t it?” Budgett said. “That we spent 100 years promoting women’s sport, is this affecting women’s sport? Now, I think that's up to the whole sporting movement, and particularly international federations, to make sure that they do protect women's sport. You've done so much to get it to where it is now.”

Participation of transgender athletes has been debated around the world of late. Nowhere is it more of an issue than at the Olympics. American high school or college sports may see a limited number of transgender athletes due to brief age ranges and limited number of sports available.

The Olympics are open to, literally, every person on earth competing in nearly every sport. Hubbard is one of the first, but no one thinks she’ll be the last.

“It depends whether you're coming from the point of view of inclusion being the first priority, or actually fairness to the nth degree being the first priority,” Budgett said.

As for Hubbard, Ashley Abbott of the New Zealand Olympic Committee pointed to the impact on transgender people, particularly youth, in seeing a transgender athlete at the Olympics. That, Abbott said, is part of Hubbard’s goal here.

"[Hubbard] sees the Olympic Games as a global celebration of our hopes, ideals and values,” Abbott said. “It's certainly great for New Zealanders to see, but actually it's great for inclusion and the conversation around the world."

Including conversations the IOC will have over the next few months.
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 2 months ago '04        #2
Big Stuwop  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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Insert Kobe fkn f*g**t gif
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 2 months ago '10        #3
sho 2010  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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Is she a trans or is she a woman? Stop the DISCRIMINATION NOW
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 2 months ago '10        #4
lboog1423  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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35 years of testosterone and you still trash


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 2 months ago '09        #5
BrooklynStiles  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x6
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 lboog1423 said
35 years of testosterone and you still trash


Dude tried to take the easy route and lost in a weight lifting comp to women
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 2 months ago '21        #6
JayMurdoch  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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 BrooklynStiles said
Dude tried to take the easy route and lost in a weight lifting comp to women
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 2 months ago '12        #7
KUKOC 
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Maybe God is real after all

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 2 months ago '05        #8
StateProperty88 
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 lboog1423 said
35 years of testosterone and you still trash


you aint sh*t
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 2 months ago '16        #9
Supreme God  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x12
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 lboog1423 said
35 years of testosterone and you still trash




 BrooklynStiles said
Dude tried to take the easy route and lost in a weight lifting comp to women



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 2 months ago '09        #10
messy marv stan  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x71
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@ @ @ wanted "it" to win
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 2 months ago '15        #11
bostonsteel7 
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 BrooklynStiles said
Dude tried to take the easy route and lost in a weight lifting comp to women
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 2 months ago '10        #12
Nautilus O  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3
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This is like Juwanna Man not making it out of training camp

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 2 months ago '20        #13
Tweezy12  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x6
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Mothafu*ka couldn't beat bi*ches in strength events
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 2 months ago '05        #14
blah blah blah  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x29
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Dude gonna have to tranny into a hs kid to try and dominate them
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 2 months ago '16        #15
Hoggystyle  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x8
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what a bi*ch
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 2 months ago '18        #16
mrobvious 
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Lol how everyone was crying before that it was not fair etc etc.
Well would you look at that...

And just like that nobody would say that they were wrong.
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 2 months ago '17        #17
FroBE  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x8
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 lboog1423 said
35 years of testosterone and you still trash



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 2 months ago '19        #18
GetYaCoinsKing  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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What IF, Men are becoming Transgender to troll women and make them look bad at everything...


 2 months ago '16        #19
kuul  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x11
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thought it was going to be a cake walk lol
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 2 months ago '21        #20
Ippo  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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Wtf looks like a dude who just got up off the sofa.
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 2 months ago '18        #21
NvrCMiNut 
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Gods work
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 2 months ago '20        #22
TopDawg103 
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This sh*t getting outta hand! It's just a world full of gay ppl..
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 2 months ago '17        #23
Rule 336  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x17
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 mrobvious said
Lol how everyone was crying before that it was not fair etc etc.
Well would you look at that...

And just like that nobody would say that they were wrong.
I was gonna say he/she is a plant. Throw out the worst trans Olympian and when he loses they'll say "see, it's an even competition!"
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 2 months ago '17        #24
Wavegawd 
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 BrooklynStiles said
Dude tried to take the easy route and lost in a weight lifting comp to women
How embarrassing lmao....

How you slide in a female competition being born a man and lose to women .

Prolly did that shyt on a purpose so more switch hitters can get into the games. Seeing as the African boys got caught
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 2 months ago '17        #25
SimeonWisest 
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Fat a*s probably thought he'd win easily and overestimated the testes. n*gga looks out of shape, flabby and sick
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