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US Olympic Medalist Winner Kneels On Pan American Games Podium – Now He Faces Possible Sanctions

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U.S. Olympic fencing medalist Race Imboden took a knee on the podium to draw attention to social issues after earning team foil gold at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, on Friday.

Imboden’s gesture preceded a similar protest on Saturday by American hammer thrower Gwen Berry, who raised her fist at the end of the national anthem after winning gold.

Berry and Imboden are almost sure to be disciplined for their protests on the medals stand at the Pan American Games.

“We must call for change,” wrote Imboden. “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.

“I chose to sacrifice my moment today at the top of the podium to call attention to issues that I believe need to be addressed. I encourage others to please use your platforms for empowerment and change.”

Berry also explained her protest.

“I love representing my country. America is a great country. It’s the best country in the world,” Berry told USA Today. “However, what we are standing for right now, it is complete and utter – it’s extreme injustice.”

Both protests contravened an agreement all athletes on the US team signed that states they will not “make remarks or release propaganda of political, religious or racial nature, or any other kind” during the Games.

“Every athlete competing at the 2019 Pan American Games commits to terms of eligibility, including to refrain from demonstrations that are political in nature,” USOPC spokesman Mark Jones to Reuters in a statement.

“In this case, Race didn’t adhere to the commitment he made to the organizing committee and the USOPC. We respect his rights to express his viewpoints, but we are disappointed that he chose not to honor his commitment.

“Our leadership are reviewing what consequences may result.”

The USOPC released the identical statement in response to Berry’s protest on Saturday.

It is unknown what discipline Imboden could face but could impact his chances of competing at next year’s Olympics, where protests of a political nature are also banned.


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  1. NOBODY CARES ABOUT YOUR POLITICAL VIEWS. Represent your country properly, or don’t represent it at all. People watching were there to see a good competition, not to see this. Your name will be forgotten quicker than the time it takes to change a poopy diaper. BUT, your name will only be remembered as a traitor to your country.

    • Agreed, with all the hate, compounded by the ignorance is dividing this nation !
      The 45 Communist Goals (look them up and see how they are working) have been planted and we as Americans need to unite and vote Republican in the 2020 elections so President Trump/Pence can continue to throw out the trash, Keeping America Great !!!

  2. Rapino has opened the door for useful idiots to show their extreme ignorance of anything factual. Biden blowing smoke in Iowa actually said: “The hate will not stop until we regain power.” Good luck with that Pedojoe.

  3. Yo ! Dude ! Have the courage to voice your convictions. As the anthem is played, raise both hands and yell ” Hands Up ! Don’t Shoot ! “. Let the world know how totally clueless you are as to reality.

  4. “waiting to be approved” … I guess that since the leftist fascist snowflakes at Atlantic Discussions have marked dozens of my past comments as ‘spam’, thereby destroying my ‘reputation score’ on disqus, the result is that I must be tagged as a ‘trusted user’ to have any comments appear on a timely basis.

  5. If these athletes were sincere, they would not even compete, but then they would lose their medals and a chance to cash in with endorsements wouldn’t they. He should have taken a knee just before competing in his event, then he would have been sacrificing something. This fool spouts talking points given to him, I doubt he could ever enlighten us on some serious comments he made toward the President, that clearly are not based in facts.

  6. *sigh* another white liberal living in lily white land with his fake outrage. He has no dang idea what illegal immigration has done to further devastate the black and brown communities of this country already trapped on the democrat plantation. Jerk!

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