New Zealand’s Laurel Hubbard lifts in the snatch of the women’s 90kg weightlifting final at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Photo: AP New Zealand’s Laurel Hubbard lifts in the snatch of the women’s 90kg weightlifting final at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Photo: AP
New Zealand’s Laurel Hubbard lifts in the snatch of the women’s 90kg weightlifting final at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Photo: AP

Tokyo Olympics: Who is Laurel Hubbard? First transgender athlete from New Zealand becomes reluctant trailblazer

  • The weightlifter’s presence brings into the Olympic arena an issue that challenges sport’s traditional binary categories of male and female
  • But the soft-spoken athlete is intensely shy, insisting during rare interviews that she just wants to be left alone to pursue her sport

Topic |   Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
New Zealand’s Laurel Hubbard lifts in the snatch of the women’s 90kg weightlifting final at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Photo: AP New Zealand’s Laurel Hubbard lifts in the snatch of the women’s 90kg weightlifting final at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Photo: AP
New Zealand’s Laurel Hubbard lifts in the snatch of the women’s 90kg weightlifting final at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Photo: AP
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