Olympics, 2 August: unmissable Laurel Hubbard, first trans athlete in the competition!
Born Gavin, since becoming a self-declared woman Hubbard has made a killing in women's weightlifting. But she is not seen as the favourite: perhaps even for the IOC a gold would be embarrassing to handle in front of the world.
There are great expectations on Monday 2 August, 12.50 pm Italian time, for the women's weightlifting competition in which New Zealand athlete Laurel Hubbard, celebrated by the media as "the first transgender athlete at the Olympics", will take part. Laurel, weighing 131 kg, will compete in the heaviest female category, +87 kg, in Group A. In addition to being the 'first trans woman', Laurel has another record: at 43 years old, she will be the oldest lifter at the Olympics. The other nine athletes are all in their twenties [...]