U.S. Athletes Protest Trump, U.S. Policies as They Win Golds at Pan American Games

HeadlineAug 12, 2019

In more sports news, two U.S. athletes used their victories at the Pan American Games in Peru to protest President Trump and U.S. policies as they took to the podium. Hammer thrower Gwen Berry raised her fist at the end of the national anthem after accepting her gold medal. She told USA Today Sports, “Somebody has to talk about the things that are too uncomfortable to talk about. Somebody has to stand for all of the injustices that are going on in America and a president who’s making it worse.”

A day earlier, Race Imboden, a member of the gold medal-winning men’s fencing team, took the knee while on the podium. He later tweeted, “We must call for change. This week I am honored to represent Team USA at the Pan Am Games, taking home Gold and Bronze. My pride however has been cut short by the multiple shortcomings of the country I hold so dear to my heart. Racism, Gun Control, mistreatment of immigrants, and a president who spreads hate are at the top of a long list.” The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee said Boden could face disciplinary action for his protest.

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