Olympics, 2 August: the unmissable Laurel Hubbard, first trans athlete to compete!
Born Gavin, Hubbard has made a big splash in women's weightlifting ever since he self-identified as a woman. But he is not given as a favourite: maybe even for the IOC a gold medal would be embarrassing to explain in front of the world.
There is great anticipation for Monday 2 August, 12.50 pm Italian time, for the women's weightlifting competition in which the New Zealand athlete Laurel Hubbard will participate, celebrated in the media as "the first transgender athlete in the Olympics". Laurel, weighs 131 kg, will compete in the heaviest female category, +87 kg, in group A. In addition to the "first trans" title, Laurel has another record: at 43 he will be the oldest lifter in the Olympics. The other nine [...]