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What Lia Thomas Could Mean for Women’s Elite Sports

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ATLANTA — The women on the Princeton University swim team spoke of collective frustration edging into anger. They had watched Lia Thomas, a transgender woman who swam for the University of Pennsylvania, win meet after meet, beating Olympians and breaking records.

On Jan. 9, the team met with Robin Harris, executive director of the Ivy League athletic conference. The swimmers, several of whom described the private meeting on condition of anonymity, detailed the biological advantages possessed by transgender female athletes.

To ignore these, they said, “was to undermine a half-century fight for female equality in sport.” Ms. Harris had already declared her support for transgender athletes and denounced transphobia.

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