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An Olympic Weightlifter Speaks Out on the Participation of Transgender Athletes in Women’s Sports

Tracey Lambrechs of New Zealand competes at the 2016 Rio Olympics. (Stoyan Nenov/Reuters)

Tracey Lambrechs is not quieting down.

Lambrechs — a female weightlifter from New Zealand who took bronze in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, took silver at the 2015 Pacific Games, and competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro — has retired from the sport. But that retirement appears to have lent her her voice back after several years of being cajoled into silence.

Laurel Hubbard is another Olympic-caliber athlete from New Zealand. In May, Hubbard qualified for the country’s female weightlifting team and will be part of its delegation to Tokyo later this summer. Until 2013, Hubbard was a participant

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