Laurel Hubbard made history today becoming the first transgender female athlete to compete in the Olympic games and now we are learning she won’t be the last. The New Zealand weightlifter didn’t take home any medals in her event, but she certainly made a splash.
— Gabriel Williams (@FUTUREDOME3000) August 2, 2021
After her competition, the 43-year-old remarked on the debate that her participation sparked and the support she received from the New Zealand Olympic Committee and the International Weightlifting Federation:
“They have supported me through what have been quite difficult times. I know that my participation at these Games has not been entirely without controversy, but they have been just so wonderful.”
Yahoo reports, “International Olympic Committee officials admitted here at a roundtable with reporters that the guidelines governing the participation of transgender women in Olympic sports are outdated.”
The current guidelines require a transgender woman to undergo hormone therapy and suppress her testosterone “below 10 nanomoles per liter for at least 12 months prior to her first competition.” Two scientists who’ve consulted with the IOC said that, based on recent evidence, they believed the 10-nanomole-per-liter threshold to be too high. It was set “based on old data, and not on the most sophisticated ways of measuring testosterone,” said Myron Genel, a Yale endocrinologist who has studied the topic and consulted with the IOC for two decades.
Rule changes are expected to be announced within the next few months.
Laurel Hubbard never cared to be in the spotlight – she simply loves her sport and trained hard to get to #Tokyo2020. Thanks to her, transgender athletes and fans worldwide see themselves at the highest level of sport. Laurel, we hope you feel the love from around the globe! 🏳️⚧️ https://t.co/CxZsnJn2O5
— Athlete Ally (@AthleteAlly) August 2, 2021
CBS profiled Hubbard recently. Watch above.