Transexual weightlifter Laurel Hubbard was not able to achieve her dream of winning a women’s Olympic gold medal despite being born a biological male.
Laurel failed all three of the lifts she attempted at the Tokyo Olympics, which obviously wasn’t good enough to get her on the podium.
The first failed attempt was at 120kg, while the last two were at 125kg. Hubbard came closest on her second lift, almost looking to have completed a proper rep before the judges decided Hubbard hadn’t met the criteria for a successful lift.
The third attempt ended with Hubbard struggling to stand and dropping the bar before waving to the crowd and making a heart symbol with her hands.
The 43-year-old Hubbard seem to understand that her inclusion into the female division of the Olympics despite being born a man had ruffled a few feathers.
“I’m not entirely unaware of the controversy which surrounds my participation at these Games,” Hubbard said. “And as such, I would particularly like to thank the IOC, for I think really affirming its commitment to the principles of Olympism and establishing that sport is something for all people, that it is inclusive and is accessible.”
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