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Trans Swimmer Revives an Old Debate in Elite Sports: What Defines a Woman?

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At the Ivy League women’s swimming championships this week, many eyes in the crowd will be fixed on Lia Thomas, a star of the University of Pennsylvania team.

In recent months, Thomas has made headlines not only for her speed — handily winning one Ohio race that went viral — but also for her gender identity.

In 2019, while competing on the men’s team, Thomas began to medically transition, taking testosterone blockers and estrogen.

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