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California gubernatorial candidate Caitlyn Jenner, a transgender woman who’s running as a staunch Republican, doesn’t care for Olympic athlete Gwen Berry’s stunts.
Speaking on Newsmax this Wednesday, the former gold medal-winning Olympic athlete once known as Bruce Jenner slammed Berry for disrespecting the flag and national anthem at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials Sunday in Eugene, Oregon.
“Honestly, it’s disgusting. I love this country. I love this state. I was the first person ever to put the American flag up at the finish line in 1976, and I’m very proud of that because I’m proud of my country,” Jenner said.
This is true. After winning the men’s Decathalon event at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Jenner became a national hero by grabbing the American flag from a bystander and carrying it through the victory lap.
This practice wound up becoming a tradition.
Just learned that Jenner started the tradition of taking an American flag from a spectator and carrying it during the victory lap pic.twitter.com/kHxS0ZQZNg
— Logan Ratick (@Logan_Ratick) April 23, 2021
“Shortly after Jenner crossed the finish line in the 1,500-meter finale, a fan rushed onto the track and handed him a small U.S. flag on a stick. Jenner told me at the 2012 U.S. Olympic track and field trials that his initial thought was it ‘was a little ‘hot-doggy’ to put the flag out there. It was just like, too much,'” according to ABC News.
“But he waved the flag anyway in what became a transcendent moment in American sports. When you see Olympic champions waving the stars and stripes after their victories, it is because of Jenner.”
“I’m proud that my country gave me the opportunity to grow up, to be who I am. I don’t like political statements on the podium. We shouldn’t do that,” Jenner continued Wednesday on Newsmax. “This is the greatest gathering of people and countries in the world. Over 200 countries will be at the Olympic Games… and it has such potential for good. Don’t destroy it.”
Jenner then threw some extremely spicy shade at Berry by suggesting that her mediocre performance at the trials suggests she doesn’t stand a chance of winning a medal in the Olympics.
“To be honest with you, we don’t have a worry in the world that she’ll be on the podium there, because she got third [during the trials]. The other two girls ahead of her are so much better. And there’s other ones throughout the world in the hammer throw, so I think that was kind of her last hoorah,” Jenner said.
But Jenner wasn’t done.
Jenner continued by comparing Berry to the Palestinian terrorists who’d marred the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich.
“I was in the [Olympic] Village in 1972 when terrorists came in and took the Israeli athletes hostage. I saw one of the terrorists. It happened in the building next to me. I hated it. I was so ticked off that they’re using my platform — this great thing called the Olympics — for their own political gain. It shouldn’t happen at the Games,” Jenner said.
According to the History channel, on the morning of Sept. 5th, 1972, Palestinian terrorists stormed “the Olympic Village apartments of the Israeli athletes, killing two and taking nine others hostage.”
“The terrorists were part of a group known as Black September. In return for the release of the hostages, they demanded that Israel release over 230 Arab prisoners being held in Israeli jails and two German terrorists. In an ensuing shootout at the Munich airport, the nine Israeli hostages were killed along with five terrorists and one West German policeman. Olympic competition was suspended for 24 hours to hold memorial services for the slain athletes,” the History channel notes.
Continuing on Newsmax, Jenner added, “Athletes should be in there to run, to represent themselves and their greatness and their talent and represent the country in a dignified way. I don’t like any of that stuff.”
Yet athletes keep “protesting” the alleged oppression in the United States. After her own protest during the Olympic trials, Berry said she felt compelled to “stand for all the injustices that are going on in America.”
“Somebody has to talk about the things that are too uncomfortable to talk about. Somebody has to stand for all of the injustices that are going on in America and a president who’s making it worse,” she told USA Today at the time.
“It’s too important to not say something. Something has to be said. If nothing is said, nothing will be done, and nothing will be fixed, and nothing will be changed,” she added.
It’s not clear what “injustice” she’d been referencing. Note that she made her remarks before the death of Minneapolis criminal suspect George Floyd.
‘Not important’: Athlete turns away from US flag during Olympic trials national anthem https://t.co/CzR5iDuqou pic.twitter.com/oivQmYYj3v
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 28, 2021
The International Olympic Committee has, for its part, tried to stop athletes from participating in political displays.
“We believe that the example we set by competing with the world’s best while living in harmony in Olympic Village is a uniquely positive message to send to an increasingly divided world,” it said in a statement last year.
“This is why it is important, on both a personal and global level, that we keep the venues, the Olympic Village and the podium neutral and free from any form of political, religious or ethnic demonstrations,” the committee added.
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