US Olympian Turns Away From Flag, Covers Her Head With T-Shirt During National Anthem


A hammer thrower turned away from the American flag and covered her head with a T-shirt that read “Activist Athlete” when the national anthem was playing during the Saturday U. S. Olympic track and field trials.

Gwen Berry, 31, qualified for the Olympic Games in Tokyo, having placed third on Saturday. On the podium, Berry took a quarter turn to face the stands, while the event’s winner DeAnna Price and the second-place finisher Brooke Andersen stood facing the flag, ESPN reported.

When the “Star-Spangled Banner” played, Berry put her left hand on her hip and shuffled her feet. Towards the end of the anthem, the Olympian put a shirt with the words “Activist Athlete” over her head, according to ESPN.

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