41-year-old Laurel Hubbard, formerly Gavin Hubbard, just won “won two gold medals and a silver in the three heavyweight categories, for women weighing more than 87 kilograms, or 192 pounds, finishing first in the snatch-lift and combined categories and second in the clean-and-jerk,” according to The Washington Times.
CaldronPool.com added: “In second place was Samoa’s 18-year-old weightlifter Feagaiga Stowers, who won her nation’s second gold medal last year after Hubbard was forced to withdraw due to an elbow injury.”
Stuff.co reported: “Lifting for gold comes after revelations that Hubbard was charged with careless driving causing injury after her vehicle fishtailed on a sharp bend near Queenstown on October 24, 2018. Her car hit a vehicle carrying an Australian couple in their 60s.
“The male driver spent nearly two weeks in Dunedin Hospital and needed major spinal surgery on returning to Australia.”
Hubbard sought the permanent suppression of his name following the accident. “Justice Gerald Nation said Judge Farnan had made a number of errors and Hubbard’s potential distress did not meet the legal test for suppression,” Stuff reported.
Brisbane couple Sue and Gary Wells were injured in the accident. Sue Wells said: “We’ll never leave the country again because of the trauma from this accident. Our son had to leave his work to look after us in Dunedin. We had to depend on friends and family for months.”
Speaking about Hubbard, Sue Wells said: “She walked out like nothing had happened.”
Wells said of the case to suppress Hubbard’s name: “It was to protect her from hardship while she trained for the Olympics. What a load of crap. We couldn’t do anything for four months.”
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