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American gold medalists reprimanded after protests at Pan American Games

(CNN) — The two US athletes that demonstrated during separate National Anthems at a regional sports contest earlier this month have now been put on probation for 12 months.
US Olympic & Paralympic Committee Chief Executive Officer Sarah Hirshland wrote to hammer thrower Gwen Berry and fencer Race Imboden, statingwhile I admire your perspective — and that of every athlete for whom I am lucky enough to function — I disagree with the moment and way in which you chose to convey your views.
All participants signed agreements to not create any political, religious, or racial comment in Lima, Peru at the Pan American Games.
Hirshlands letter warned the 2 athletes a different signal violation could result inmore severe sanctions than for an athlete in good position.
Both athletes may participate in events that are sanctioned. Berry will take part in the world track and field championships a month.
CNN has achieved to Berry and Imboden through their sports federations but individual responded instantly.
The representative of berry wants to focus on her instruction and told CNN interviews are not being done by her.
She wants no distractions because her aim is to medal to the USA in the womens hammer, something which has never been achieved before, John Nubani composed in an email to CNN.
After her protest of a raised fist, she told track and field site FloTrack:I understand everything I did, and I know I broke the rules, and Ill make that sacrifice. I am honored to make this sacrifice.
Berry raised her fist in the air and bowed her mind and Imboden knelt on his right knee while they all were on a ribbon podium.
Taking a knee became a kind of civil protest after former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick first hauled took a knee during the National Anthem throughout the 2016 football season in protest of police brutality and injustice against people of color.
Ever since that time, many athletes, out of NFL players, to football star Megan Rapinoe to amateur schoolers have knelt as a kind of protest, sparking anger from Trump and others.
Later he knelt Imboden stated:We must call for modification. This week I am honored to represent Team USA in the Pan Am Games, taking bronze and home gold. My pride nevertheless has been cut short by this country that I hold so dear in my hearts various shortcomings. Gun control, a president who spreads hate, and also mistreatment of immigrants are at the peak of a very long list.
I decided to (forfeit ) my moment today at the peak of the podium to listen to problems that I think have to be dealt with. I encourage other people to please utilize your programs for change and empowerment, he explained.
Imboden won a bronze medal at the mens individual foil, also is ranked as the worlds second-best in the foil event. He helped the US win gold in the mens foil team affair.
As knelt, his Gerek Meinhardt and Nick Itkin stood.
She lifted her fist in the air and berry took gold in the womens hammer throw and bowed her at the end of the National Anthem. It was a demonstration reminiscent of John Carlos and Tommie Smith at the 1968 Olympics.
Someone has to stand for all of the injustices which are happening in America and also a president who is making it even more challenging, she told USA Today. Its too important not to say something.
The probationary period could include the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, which start July 24.