Laurel Hubbard ‘Grateful’ for Opportunity to Olympics after Making History – .

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Laurel Hubbard ‘Grateful’ for Opportunity to Olympics after Making History – .


New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard withdrew from Olympic competition early after failing to register a lift in the snatch event on Monday.

But Hubbard said on Tuesday she was just “grateful” for the opportunity to compete.

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“All I’ve ever wanted to be is myself,” she told reporters. “I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to come here and be me. “

Hubbard, who made the transition eight years ago at the age of 35 and is the first transgender Olympian, said the prospect of competing on the world stage drew her to Tokyo.

“What motivates me about sport, I think, is the sport itself,” she said. “And it’s the flagship event in weightlifting, as it is with so many sports. And I guess that’s what attracted me here, because everyone, I think, can train at their own pace, but actually needs to be called to account on the platform. We have one minute for everything to happen. This is the real test for, I guess, anyone and weightlifting. “

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While her appearance at the Olympics sparked some controversy over fairness, Hubbard said she tried not to dwell on the negativity.

“I tried not to dwell on, I guess, negative coverage or negative perception, because that makes the job even more difficult. It’s hard enough to lift a barbell but if you put more weight on it it makes it an impossible task, really. One thing I will say though, is that I think a lot of times a lot of negative covers and negative perceptions aren’t really based on evidence or principle, but rather on emotions that people often react to, out of fear or I hope that over time they will open up to a wider perspective, ”she said.

Hubbard said the next step for her would be to focus on other things in her life. She told reporters that old age “probably caught up with me some time ago.”

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The Olympian received the back of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the International Olympic Committee before competing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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