Costa Rican Gymnast Shows Support for Black Lives Matter With Floor Routine at Olympics

Luciana Alvarado, of Costa Rica, performs her floor exercise routine during the women’s artistic gymnastic qualifications at the 2020 Summer Olympics. / AP

A Costa Rican gymnast appeared to find a loophole in the Olympic rules that bar political statements, when she made a tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement during the artistic part of her floor routine.

Luciana Alvarado, 18, wrapped up her performance in the Olympic qualifying rounds in Tokyo on Sunday by kneeling on the floor and looking up to the sky with a raised fist in the air.

She later said the choreographed gesture was specifically meant to honor the BLM movement and draw attention to the importance of equality for all people.

“Because we’re all the same,” she explained.

“We’re all beautiful and amazing.”

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SOURCE: New York Post, Gabrielle Fonrouge