The U.S. men’s foil team emerged victorious at the Pan American Games in Peru on Friday, earning gold medals for fencers Race Imboden, Gerek Meinhardt and Nick Itkin.
After the team received its gold medals, Imboden took a knee on the medal podium as the national anthem played and extended the reach of American social justice protests to the world of fencing.
After the event, Imboden took to Twitter to explain why he took the knee. The main reasons: racism, gun control, mistreatment of immigrants and the rhetoric of President Donald Trump.
Imboden might face repercussions from the U.S. Olympic Committee for his protest, as the NBC Sports reports that athletes commit to refraining from political demonstrations before the Pan Am Games. […]