A professional hammer thrower named Gwen Berry ended up becoming a household name around the United States for the wrong reason last weekend at Eugne, Oregon.
Berry, who finished 3rd place in her event , heard the National Anthem playing while she was on the podium at the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials. She continued by turning her back away from the American flag and claimed the National Anthem playing at that time was a “set up.” Toward the end of the anthem, she draped her black T-shirt reading “Activist Athlete” over her head.
The hammer throwers received their awards just before the start of the evening session, which had been starting all week with a recorded version of the national anthem. When talking about the timing of the Anthem playing to the reporters at the U.S. Olympic Trials, Berry said “I was pissed, to be honest.”
For someone who is so eager and excited to represent their country in the Olympics, Berry has shown her feelings about the American Flag. “I don’t really want to talk about the anthem because that’s not important. The anthem doesn’t speak for me. It never has.”
DeAnna Price finished 1st place in the hammer throw during the trials while Brook Andersen finished 2nd place. As Price looked like she was emotional during the moment, they both stood with their hands over their hearts and excited to represent their country in the Olympics this year.
If you want to go represent your country in a global event like the Olympics, you have to show that you are proud to be from that country.Gwen Berry seemed so disinterested with our national anthem that she would be going to the Olympics for Team Berry instead of Team USA. The United States of America’s flag represents liberty, justice, and freedom. Berry has the freedom to say and do what she wants as she is protected by our 1st amendment.
There is also a time and place for everything.