Costa Rican Gymnast Includes Black Lives Matter Tribute into Floor Routine
Luciana Alvarado, a Costa Rican gymnast competing at the Tokyo Olympics, completed her floor routine with a tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement.
The 18-year-old completed her floor routine by taking a knee, putting her left hand behind her back and raising her right hand while making a fist.
She wanted to spotlight equal rights and treating everyone with respect, Alvarado told the GymCastic podcast after she performed the routine during practice.
“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,” she said.
Alvarado was the first person representing Costa Rica to ever qualify for the floor routine at the Olympics. She did not advance to the finals.
She is unlikely to face punishment from the International Olympic Committee, which eased up on its rules about protests before the start of the Olympics, according to Yahoo Sports.