Costa Rican gymnast's Olympic routine includes support for BLM

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Costa Rica’s lone gymnast Luciana Alvarado finished her Tokyo Olympics floor routine Sunday by taking a knee and raising a fist in apparent support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Alvarado failed to move into the finals of the competition but chose to make an impact in a different way. She told the GymCastic podcast afterward she wanted to show the importance of equal rights.

Luciana Alvarado, of Costa Rica, performs on the floor exercise during the women’s artistic gymnastic qualifications at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 25, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

The U.S. women’s soccer team and other soccer squads took a knee before their opening Olympic matches last week. The players have not been subject to discipline.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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