Caitlyn Jenner Speaks Out About Olympian Anthem Protest, Says Should Honor ‘Our Values’

by Suzanne Halliburton
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Caitlyn Jenner revived a controversy that swirled around Olympic hammer thrower Gwen Berry, saying U.S. athletes should honor the flag with “dignity and respect.”

Jenner was one of the American heroes of the 1976 Montreal Olympics. That’s when she was Bruce Jenner and won the decathlon signifying the world’s best overall athlete.

Caitlyn Jenner said she didn’t like the podium protest conducted by Gwen Berry, who finished third at the U.S. Trials to earn a spot to the Tokyo Olympics as part of the American track and field contingent. Jenner said Berry was “disrespectful” and that media gave her too much attention.

Jenner appeared on Fox News, Friday, as the Olympics were opening in Tokyo. She layered in her Olympic experience from 45 years ago to make a point about today.

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“I was the first person ever to put an American flag at the finish line,” Caitlyn Jenner said. “We need more of that. And I guarantee you. Ninety-eight percent, ninety-nine percent of the athletes that are going over there are patriotic. They want to do it right. They want to represent their country. Right. But unfortunately, the media focuses on the ruins of the world. And it’s a shame. It’s an absolute shame.”

Caitlyn Jenner Praised American Medal Favorite in Hammer

Jenner praised DeAnna Price, who won the hammer throw at the trials. The United States never has medaled in women’s hammer since the field event was added to the Olympic track competition in 2000. However, Price could break the drought since she’s the defending world champion. Jenner says no one is aware of Price’s “phenomenal performance” because too many people paid attention to Berry’s podium protest. At the trials, Price became only the second woman ever to throw the hammer more than 80 meters. Price will compete against Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk, the world record holder and two-time defending Olympic champion, in Tokyo.

Caitlyn Jenner now is a long-time reality star who is trying out politics. She’s a candidate in the governor recall election against Gavin Newsom in California. Jenner, who is a Republican, took time off from the campaign trail to film Big Brother VIP in Australia. Although she was heavily criticized for leaving the country during a campaign, Jenner said she did so to honor a previous commitment to the show. Meanwhile, she’s planning a state-wide bus tour of California next month. The recall election is Sept. 14.

“I have had this (show) on the books, this show that I’m doing down here in Australia, for months and months,” Jenner told Fox. “I’ve got more (campaign) work done down here than at home because I have no distractions. It’s actually been very good… since this pandemic, we’ve learned that you can work remotely and get a lot of things done.”

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