New Zealand’s Laurel Hubbard Selected as First Transgender to Compete in Olympics in Weightlifting

New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard was selected to be part of the Olympic team this year.

Hubbard participated as a man in the sport before her transition in 2013.

Laurel won her first international women’s weightlifting title in Australia in 2017 breaking four national records in the process.

Hubbard is eligible to compete in the Olympics because “the IOC issued new guidelines allowing transgenders to compete as women as long as their testosterone levels are below 10 nanomoles per liter for at least 12 months before the competition,” Reuters reported.