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These Are the Athletes Making History at the Olympics

The Olympics 2020 are upon us, and with it brings a wide variety of athletes from all over the world showcasing skills that many of us could only ever dream of being able to perform.

In addition to physical feats, the Tokyo Olympics will also bring many firsts.

There will be four sports making Olympic debuts at Tokyo 2020: surfing, skateboarding, karate and sport climbing. It will also be the first Olympics where transgender athletes have qualified.

To get ready for the Games, which start on July 23, Teen Vogue has a list of notable Olympic “firsts” for you to follow online.

This story will be updated as the Games progress.

Trans Athletes Come to Tokyo

Laurel Hubbard

Hubbard, a weightlifter from New Zealand, made news as the first transgender athlete to qualify for Tokyo 2020 — and the Olympics in general. At 43, she is the oldest weightlifter who will be going to the Games, an achievement she almost missed out on due to an injury three years ago.

“I am grateful and humbled by the kindness and support that has been given to me by so many New Zealanders,” Hubbard said in a statement after her qualification. “When I broke my arm at the Commonwealth Games three years ago, I was advised that my sporting career had likely reached its end. But your support, your encouragement, and your aroha [love] carried me through the darkness.”

Chelsea Wolfe

Wolfe is heading to Tokyo as an alternate in BMX Freestyle for Team USA, making her the country’s first openly trans athlete at the Games.

“I’m so excited and honored to keep working so I’m ready to shred in Tokyo in case I’m needed,” Wolfe, who will compete if one of the other two qualified riders drops out, said according to HuffPost.

Follow her on Twitter and Instagram to see her training.


Quinn is an Olympic medalist who captured a Bronze at the 2016 Games for Team Canada in soccer. This time around, they will head to Tokyo for the first time as their authentic self after coming out as transgender in 2020.

In an Instagram post, Quinn noted how complicated coming out can be:

“Coming out is HARD ( and kinda bs). I know for me it’s something I’ll be doing over again for the rest of my life. As I’ve lived as an openly trans person with the people I love most for many years, I did always wonder when I’d come out publicly,” they wrote, before sharing tips on how cisgender people can be better allies.

Will Team Canada improve on its Rio 2016 bronze medal performance in Tokyo? Follow Quinn on Twitter and Instagram.

History Made Before the Games

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