Transgender athlete at the Olympics – level 1
Laurel Hubbard comes from New Zealand. She is the first transgender athlete who will be at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Hubbard competes in men´s weightlifting in the past. She becomes a woman in 2015. She competes in women´s weightlifting now. She will be a part of New Zealand´s Olympic team.
Some people say that it is not fair. Transgender athletes have different bodies than other athletes. There are new rules for transgender athletes. Hubbard must have very little testosterone in her body. Testosterone is a natural chemical that a man has.
Some scientists say that a person´s body changes in puberty. Puberty is the time when a child becomes an adult. A transgender woman is a man in puberty. Her body is different to the body of other women.
Difficult words: compete (to try to be better than other people), transgender (a person who is born as a man but he feels that he is a woman, or a person who is born as a woman but she feels that she is a man), weightlifting (the sport when athletes lift heavy things).
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