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Laurel Hubbard, a weightlifter from New Zealand, is to become the first transgender athlete to compete in the Olympics. She will take part in the Tokyo Olympics next month. Learn vocabulary to talk about this news story.

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Olympics: First transgender athlete

Laurel Hubbard will become the first transgender athlete to compete in the Olympics. Hubbard is a weightlifter from New Zealand and will take part in the Tokyo Games. Hubbard previously participated in men’s competitions before transitioning in 2012.

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The story

The New Zealand weightlifter, Laurel Hubbard, is set to become the first transgender athlete to compete at the Olympics. The country’s Olympic Committee has named her as part of the women’s team for the Tokyo Games.

Hubbard competed in men’s competitions before transitioning in 2012.

Key words and phrases

trans
transgender

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  • Some countries have laws in place to protect trans people.

polarising
very divisive

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brews
becomes stronger

  • Who will be selected for the Olympics? Speculation is brewing!
  • An argument is brewing over whose turn it is to do the washing-up.

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