Team USA’s Raven Saunders raises arms in ‘X’ in protest during Olympics medal ceremony

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American shot-putter Raven Saunders raised her arms in an “X” gesture during her medal ceremony on Sunday night. (Getty Images)
American shot-putter Raven Saunders raised her arms in an “X” gesture during her medal ceremony on Sunday night. (Getty Images)

American shot-putter Raven Saunders not only won a silver medal on Sunday, she lodged a very public protest: raising her arms in a striking “X” shape on the winner’s podium.

Asked afterward what the gesture meant, the 25-year-old explained, it was meant to represent “the intersection of where all people who are oppressed meet.”

The Olympics bans political statements during competition or on the winners podium, setting up a potential clash between the athlete and sporting authorities.

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