Costa Rican gymnast Luciana Alvarado incorporates BLM tribute into routine

Costa Rican gymnast Luciana Alvarado finished her Tokyo Olympics floor routine Sunday by taking a knee and raising a fist in apparent support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Alvarado who failed to progress into the finals of the competition said she wanted to highlight equality and treating others with respect and dignity. “Because we’re all the same and we’re all beautiful and amazing,” she told the AP.

“My cousin and I, we both do it in our routines,” she said. “And I feel like if you do something that brings everyone together, you know, and you see that here, like ‘Yes, you’re one of mine, you understand things,’ the importance of everyone treated with respect and dignity and everyone having the same rights because we’re all the same and we’re all beautiful and amazing so I think that’s why I love to have it in my routine and I love that my little cousin does it on her routine too.”

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) recently tweaked its rules about protesting ahead of this year’s games, allowing for some demonstrations to occur before competition. Alvarado likely will not face repercussions, as the move was incorporated into her routine.



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