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A U.S. Olympic athlete who disrespected the national anthem and the U.S. flag during Olympic trials plans to protest if she medals in Tokyo.
Hammer thrower Gwen Berry made it through the qualifying rounds over the weekend in the Group B preliminaries and will compete Tuesday for a medal.
“I feel like I’ve earned the right to wear this uniform,” Berry told reporters Saturday. “I’ll represent the oppressed people. That’s been my message for the last three years.”
The odds are against Berry, as she would have to beat her teammate, Brooke Anderson, and world-leading hammer throwers from China and Poland, all of whom are expected to do better than her.
She made headlines last month when she turned her back during the national anthem and held up a black shirt that read “Activist Athlete.”
“I feel like it was a set-up, and they did it on purpose,” Berry said of the timing of the anthem. “I was pissed, to be honest.”