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The American celebrated her silver medal Saturday with the dance, and viewers loved it. They also complained that NBC cut away from the fun moment.
C’mon, major network, can’t stand a bit of impromptu revelry in an Olympics missing the electricity of the crowd?
how dare nbc cut away from Raven Saunders, shot put star, as she twerks to celebrate winning a silver medal!!! pic.twitter.com/nfef0ECKfh
— vicky johnson-dahl (@hurricanevicky) August 1, 2021
Got the silver medal in the shot put and out there twerking in Tokyo.
I see ya, Raven Saunders! 😂😂😂 https://t.co/hAmxH5NyAG
— Keith T. (@Da_Taylormaniac) August 1, 2021
Raven Saunders started to twerk and they switch the cameras 😭
— Kyron (@KyronDS) August 1, 2021
Saw this I real time! It was awesome NBC of course turn away in the middle of her celebration but whatever NBC. Twerk on Raven Saunders! Congrats on Silver!! https://t.co/bYUmoAeTPC
— NB NOLA (@psddluva4evah) August 1, 2021
Here’s her mighty heave that inspired her to party ...
— Billy Heyen (@BillyHeyen) August 1, 2021
... and strike poses with the Stars and Stripes.
— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) August 1, 2021
But the twerk was the “chef’s kiss,” according to viewers.
RAVEN SAUNDERS! @GiveMe1Shot🥈OLYMPIC SHOT PUT SILVER MEDALIST! AHHHH!!!
And then the imaginary hair flip & twerk at the end was *chef’s kiss* hahaha!
— Queen Harrison-Claye (@goQueengo) August 1, 2021
Raven Saunders hit that celebratory twerk and you love to see it 🖤✨🤩
— Cupid Valentino (@shEgoTripn) August 1, 2021
Raven Saunders twerk just saved my life.
— Phatti Austin. (@LeeBruh_Greene) August 1, 2021
Saunders saved her most meaningful gesture for last, though. After receiving her medal on the podium Sunday, she defied restrictions on athlete protests by crossing her arms in an “X,” which she said represented “the intersection of where all people who are oppressed meet.”
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.