The 25-year-old raised her fingers and crossed them in an X as she and her fellow medal winners posed for photographs, telling NBC that it represented “the intersection of the place all people who find themselves oppressed meet.”
China’s Gong Lijiao gained gold and New Zealand’s Valerie Adams the bronze.
And after successful her medal, she says she desires to be a task mannequin for others like her.
“For me, simply being who I all the time aspired to be, to have the ability to be me and never apologize for it (and) present the youthful era that it doesn’t matter what they let you know, regardless of what number of containers they struggle to fit your needs in, you will be you,” she instructed the media.
“Folks inform me to not do tattoos and piercings, however now take a look at me, I am popping.”
“We’re in touch with US Olympic and Paralympic Committee and with World Athletics,” mentioned IOC spokesman Mark Adams on Monday. “I do not need to say what these subsequent steps could be till we absolutely perceive what’s going on. We do not need to pre-empt something.”
“We attempt to respect the views of all of the athletes; we have given them extra alternative to precise themselves. Freedom of expression in press conferences, social media, combined zone. We have created prospects earlier than the game begins to make protests.
“However one factor we have now famous is we did a survey with 3,500 athletes (and) all those that answered wished to guard the sector of play. It might be good if everybody may respect the views of athletes.”
‘Hold combating, maintain pushing, maintain discovering worth in your self’
Nonetheless, she has beforehand confronted a troublesome private battle.
Now, she desires to encourage others who’re battling their psychological well being to get the help they want.
“My message is to maintain combating, maintain pushing, maintain discovering worth in your self, in all the things you do,” she mentioned after successful her silver medal.
“It means so much to have the ability to stroll away with a silver medal as a result of I do signify so many individuals. I do know there are such a lot of individuals which were wanting as much as me, so many individuals which have messaged me, so many individuals which were praying for me.
“I am joyful I get to convey this again for them, not simply myself.”
Psychological well being
The subject of athletes’ psychological well being has been a subject of sizzling dialogue in the course of the Tokyo Video games after US gymnast Simone Biles withdrew from quite a few competitions citing her psychological well being.
Saunders’ nickname — ‘Hulk’ after the Marvel superhero — originated due to the similarities between her psychological well being journey and the journey of the massive, inexperienced superhero.
“Once I initially turned the Hulk, I did not know differentiate the Hulk from Raven. It was sort of laborious to battle between the 2, however as life went on, I used to be pressured to cope with some issues and learn to compartmentalize, to manage the Hulk and use the Hulk in the fitting method.
“I put it aside for competitions in order that Raven can have enjoyable, attain out to individuals, search remedy, do yoga, meditate — all these issues to create a robust thoughts. With out a sturdy thoughts, you possibly can’t have a robust physique.”
George Ramsay contributed to this report.