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August 3, 2021

To the surprise of many, New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard, the first transgender Olympic athlete to compete in women’s events, flamed out and lost to weightlifters who were, you know…actually born female.

As the article at notes, defenders of allowing biological males who’ve “transitioned” to compete against women will treat Hubbard’s failure as evidence that they have no unfair physical advantage. But there were two major factors in this case that worked to counter Hubbard’s unfair advantage. The first is age: Hubbard didn’t start taking female hormones until the age of 34 and is now 43, by far the oldest person in the competition.

The second is that weightlifters don’t all lift the same weight. They choose how much they’ll lift with the total of three lifts comprising their scores. By attempting to lift 120 kg (264.5 lbs.), 125 kg (275.5 lbs.) and 120 kg (failing on the first and third lifts), Hubbard tried to lift too much weight. I hope she didn't give herself a hernia. Some might attribute this to “male ego,” but I’m sure that was surgically removed.

Frankly, Hubbard’s loss was the best thing that could have happened to the transgender movement. Imagine how it would have looked on TV to millions of viewers if Hubbard had cleanly lifted so much weight, then stood there towering over the competition and accepting the gold.

Also as noted, Hubbard still got lots of adulatory press coverage for “making history” while the actual winners of the event were completely overlooked. None of the stories that I saw that fawned over Hubbard’s “accomplishment” even mentioned the winners. I had to do a Google search and dig deep into the Olympics website to discover that the gold went to China’s Li Wenwen, the silver to Great Britain’s Emily Jade Campbell and the bronze to American Sarah Elizabeth Robles. Congratulations, ladies: you’re the ones who made Olympic history.

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  • Deb Cooper

    08/03/2021 06:43 PM

    Mark my words!!
    Women can be ferocious in Sports and Life!
    Allowing transgender in women’s athletics….watch the Birth given females…they will workout/rise to overcome man-made boundaries.
    God Bless Our World!

  • Bill C.

    08/03/2021 03:57 PM

    Dear Guv, I can't help but feel our Founding Fathers would have been the first in line to push for Term Limits. Consistent power & greed corrupts consistently. Please share, as a good man on the right side, how to make this happen in a non-confrontational way (NO More Jan.6). Neither God or our Founding Fathers ever meant our Constitution to devolve this way. God Bless You & Yours Bill

  • Rexford O Ames

    08/03/2021 01:16 PM

    Transgender is a title. A Man is a Man. He may have feelings from his Female side but he is still a Man and that applies to women as well. I understand the feelings some of each sex has has they grow up. That is feelings and that can be addressed by a competent Physiologist? One who works in that particular field.
    In fact: Many of the so called Transgender have over time and help realized who they are and regain themselves?
    It's a game played , by some that want to create chaos.
    Listen to the individual. Just take the time to listen and get past the Bull and real in the true facts of each individual. Yea, I know. Communism / Socialism , is constantly urging the Transgender population to think as a group. Individualism is not allowed with that process. Only the collective thought may be taken? That has never worked and as time goes on and the real world hits them like a two by four. Reality of individualism takes effect.
    I am an American ( U.S. Citizen) first. I am required to be identified and vote for One Party or Another. That is disaster that has been going on since back in Washington's Reign as President of the United States of America.
    Why do I mention that issue: Clouding the reality takes away the true process that is being pushed on the G.P.
    Just be you and forget what" They" say or said. I have no idea who or what They is and neither do 99 % of we human beings.

  • Jim Cox

    08/03/2021 12:40 PM

    Happy that she/he lost, and happy that the Women's soccer team lost also.
    I have enjoyed Clif granola bars for years, but when I saw Megan Rapinoe on one them, I emailed the company and told them that they had lost a patriotic customer!

  • Valorie Mattice

    08/03/2021 12:32 PM

    I haven't followed the Olympics but this is just wrong. Hubbard needs to recognize her bad karma like the soccer team lady who 'took a knee'. Thank you for identifying the actual winners on lifting competition.

  • Michele Flicker

    08/03/2021 12:10 PM

    Dear Governor Huckabee, your unique perspective is simultaneously brilliant and good-humored. Such a treat to read your analyses. Thank you --- you have probably helped extend countless reader lifespans with your accurate yet therapeutically funny thoughts.

  • Glenda Wardrup

    08/03/2021 11:40 AM

    "I hope she didn't give herself a hernia." Please do not refer to him as "her". Doesn't matter that he wants to be or even goes through surgery, hormone replacement, etc. to become a her. HE is a HE no matter what!