In the world of Olympic weightlifting, Laurel Hubbard has been a subject of controversy over the last couple of years. This is only growing, after reports from a fellow New Zealand weightlifter by the name of Tracey Lambrechs, claims that she was given an ultimatum after the transgender athletes addition to the team.
Lambrechs was a weightlifter for the New Zealand Olympic team, scoring as high as 13th in the 2016 Games. She also apparently was the best 75kg lifter on her team at the time too.
That was, at least until Laurel Hubbard entered her weight class, shattering all the records that she set. As Tracey explained in a recent interview, this led to her being forced to make a decision: either change weight classes, or retire from the sport altogether.
“At first I was pretty angry, pretty upset, pretty disappointed. There were a lot of emotions, but I really wasn’t that happy about it,” Lambrechs said.
“The way I found out was via a phone call from my coach at the time. It was like a Monday morning, and I got a phone call and I was told that all my records had just been broken. I was like ‘What do you mean? There’s no one else close to me, I shouldn’t have my records broken.’
“I was told Laurel (Hubbard) has started weightlifting and she competed on the weekend, so as of now, you’re number two,” Lambrechs continued. “I was told by the National Weightlifting body that I either needed to drop a weight category or look at retiring, because the competitions that we were looking at qualifying for could only see one per nation in the body weight.
“So they were like ‘It’s not going to be you, so your options are lose 18 kilos in three months, or you can retire. I’m quite competitive so I lost the weight in three months.”
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Tracey Lambrechs went on to explain that she dropped the weight to prove her toughness and satisfy her competitive nature. She said that she wanted to qualify for her third Commonwealth Games, and did what she needed to do so.
That said, after this happened, Tracey made the decision to retire. She said that she was disappointed in how things were handled, and chose to walk away rather than be forced to accommodate Laurel Hubbard.
“At the end of the competitive, I had just had enough. I was disappointed with New Zealand weightlifting, and I was just not willing to put myself through any more disappointment. It wasn’t worth me being upset anymore at the situation and the way I was treated as an athlete,” Lambrechs said.
“My family all came out to Australia, watched me compete, and that is where I retired and haven’t stepped on a platform since.”
The things that Tracey Lambrechs are saying line up with some of the concerns that the detractors of Laurel Hubbard and her inclusion in Olympic weightlifting: that New Zealand is just looking for someone to help them win. Whether that is the case or not, this is a complicated situation for all involved.
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I don’t know, I am more angry than I should, this is just wrong but you can’t say it.
This is wrong on so many levels and should have never gotten approved by the Olympic committee. It is unfair to biological females all over the globe. I hope all the blood tests are vetted completely.
So woman are essentially being removed for sports so that “trans”athletes can reach there true potential? Which reads to me as this generation underachieving over validated male populations right are more important than a generations worth of hard working dedicated women who are(Pune intended)getting the shaft. This has got to stop. Our daughter deserve there rights certainly as much as the trans community does. Showing support for the trans community at the sake of our daughter tells our daughters there not as important, at least not at this moment in time.
Sissy boy can’t compete with men so he calls himself a girl so he can win. Have fun sissy boy and enjoy your medals
That would be like auburn University playing beaulahs pee wee team. They can’t win against there own so well its wrong and the people who allowed it to take place should be fired. This is where participants awards lead to people. This is corruption and that Hubbard fag should be shot
People who allow men to compete with women in sports especially in a sport like weightlifting, are out of their a$$hole minds. This woman was robbed of her records and the one that robbed her did so because he was not good enough to compete in his own gender.
This wokeism with allow trans athletes to compete against biological women is going to wreck women’s sports. Sports or Olympic committees should not confuse gender with biological sex.
We separate sports by gender for a reason.
Women athletes should boycott any event where they have to compete against a biological male.
Transgender athletes benefit from greater bone and muscle density, across all weight classes, from developing with higher levels of testosterone. This is not quantitatively fair, and for any contact sport, will be categorically unsafe. It’s a minefield for hurt feelings, but they are essentially saying we need to dose our girls with steroids while they’re growing if they want to be competitive in sport as young adults.
I don’t know if I could say it better…”Men” (and I use that term loosely)…. That cannot compete against Real Men, and have to compete against women to win, DO NOT DESERVE a medal or any recognition. Shame on the people that break the rules to allow such atrocities. (And I don’t mean the new rules you make up to cheat)
“this is a complicated situation for all involved.” no, its not.
They have mens and women’s competitions, why don’t they make a seperate league for trans.. keep it fair..