There are 600 Individuals collaborating within the Tokyo Olympics, and Gwen Berry, who made damaging headlines final month, says she is as proud as anybody carrying the pink, white, and blue uniform of the US.
Berry turned away from the flag when the nationwide anthem was performed throughout the medal ceremony on the U.S. Olympic trials, and it precipitated an uproar from Individuals all around the nation. Regardless of, the damaging consideration, Berry looks like she belongs.
“I really feel like I’ve earned the proper to put on this uniform,” Berry stated on Sunday after she made it via the qualifying spherical in her first look on the Tokyo Video games.
Berry hopes to be standing on the medals stand just a few nights from now whereas “The Star-Spangled Banner” performs, and if that occurs, the Olympic hammer thrower says that she is going to proceed to do what she’s been doing.
“I am going to symbolize the oppressed folks,” Berry stated. “That is been my message for the final three years.”
Two years in the past on the medals stand on the Pan American Video games, Berry raised her fist, which additionally sparked controversy and continued the endless debate of what’s or isn’t allowed at Olympic venues. In Berry’s eyes, none of that issues as a result of her consideration is on getting a medal in Tokyo.
“I’m simply centered on what I must do,” Berry stated. “As a result of all these individuals who hate me, they aren’t right here. To allow them to’t have an effect on me.”
The Related Press contributed to this report.