After Nine Seconds Of Silence, Olympic Weightlifters Decline To Answer For Trans Competitor

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Transgendered weightlifter Laurel Hubbard failed out of the Tokyo Olympics after not being able to complete the snatch part of the competition, but that didn’t stop a journalist from asking the +87kg medal winners a flaming hot question about someone who couldn’t even make it to the clean & jerk session.

“There was a historic night here with Laurel Hubbard competing as the first openly transgender in an individual event,” the reporter said. “I was wondering what you felt about that and what you felt that it took place in your sport.”

Silence. Crickets.

There was nine seconds of silence from Li Wenwen of China, who won gold and Emily Campbell of Great Britain, who won silver before U.S. weightlifter Sarah Robles, who won bronze, broke the ice and turned on her mic to deliver a “No thank you.”

“I know that from a sporting perspective, I haven’t really hit the standards that I have put upon myself and perhaps the standards my country has expected of me,” Hubbard told the media after failing at the snatch. “But one of the things for which I am so profoundly grateful is the supporters in New Zealand that have just given me so much love and encouragement, and I think really I wish I could thank them all at this point, but there are just too many to name.”

And that was it. Hubbard refused to take questions and left the Olympic weightlifting center.


Written by Joe Kinsey

I'm an Ohio guy, born in Dayton, who roots for Ohio State and can handle you guys destroying the Buckeyes, Urban Meyer and everything associated with Columbus.


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  1. They aren’t *allowed* to say anything except overflowing praise. That’s the tragedy. Their lives and professional careers would be attacked by an army of online activists. They did it to Martina Navratilova. What could they really say?

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