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[–] zephyrean 6 points (+6|-0) Edited

It's a strange case. Tamara and her younger sister Irina were the two biological children of a Soviet Jewish couple and lived as girls from childhood. They definitely weren't men transed later for international athletic success. I find it extremely unlikely that their parents would trans out both of their sons for some nebulous "profit", evacuated to Samarkand during WWII. If they had a DSD, it must be a heritable one (not abnormal development in utero, not a random genetic defect). From the NYT article, it's likely she withdrew because she took steroids and couldn't pass the nude exam because of that. (Both sisters trained under the same celebrity coach.)

One remarkable thing about that article is how the NYT are eager to cry "cheatzors" when Soviet maybe-men are involved, but slobber all over the definitely male, definitely cheating Caster Semenya, Gavin Hubbard, and Rhys McKinnon.

Interesting. In photos, they look fully male to me. I read that it would have been easy to get around the steroid testing back then, but I don't know enough about the history of drug testing in sports, intersex players, etc.

Just sharing this in case anyone wants to use it for adding historical context to the female-only sports discussion.