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US Shooting Team at the Pan American Games

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The Pan Am Games are wrapping up today in Lima, Peru.  For most international sports, in this hemisphere, the Pan Am games, the World Cup, and the Olympics are the big three stages on which athletes compete.

Team USA sent 7 pistol, 7 rifle, and 8 shotgun competitors to the games.  Kim Rhode (Trap), the only person to win medals in 6 consecutive summer Olympics, was chosen as the flag bearer, leading the entire US delegation into the opening ceremonies.

Team USA did well, winning 10 gold medals, 8 silver medals, and 2 bronze medals.  Team USA wraps up Pan Am games competition

I had to hunt to find the results, they're not considered newsworthy by the media.  What is getting a lot of coverage is the US fencer who took a knee on the podium after winning a gold medal, to protest, among other things, what he views as insufficient gun control in the US.   Fencer takes knee in Pan Am games medal ceremony, in protest of perceived lack of gun control in the US

So this douche, adept at hacking at people with swords (ok, foils), takes the podium to call for more gun control?  Besides demonstrating a staggering inability to perceive irony, he insults his 22 teammates on USA Shooting, he insults the host country, and he insults the country he represents.  

Makes me sad...

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Unbelievable! What a way for that fencer to taint an otherwise very favorable performance by Team USA. WHY must everyone with a podium highjack it with politics these days? I'm soooo SICK of that.

Thanks for reporting on this event btw. I like to hear about this kind of international competition - you're the person on here who seems to be most tuned into that... understandably, due to your own unique shooting background. You get a big thumbs up: :good:

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10 hours ago, 10X said:

So this douche, adept at hacking at people with swords (ok, foils), takes the podium to call for more gun control?

A 26 year old punk, that thinks he knows what's best for the country. He should be removed from the team.

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6 minutes ago, Sniper said:

A 26 year old punk, that thinks he knows what's best for the country. He should be removed from the team.

This is from the article, he should be taken off the team.

Imboden’s protest contravened an agreement all athletes on the U.S. team signed that states they will not “make remarks or release propaganda of political, religious or racial nature, or any other kind” during the Games.

“Every athlete competing at the 2019 Pan American Games commits to terms of eligibility, including to refrain from demonstrations that are political in nature,” USOPC spokesman Mark Jones to Reuters in a statement.

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Weren't two black athletes who gave the black power salute on the podium at the 68 Olympics stripped of their medals? That seems like an appropriate response in this situation.

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