A Mexican Gymnast Who Was Body-Shamed During The 2016 Olympics Just Qualified For The 2020 Games
In 2016, when 22-year-old Mexican gymnast Alexa Moreno competed at the Olympic Games in Rio it wasn’t her impeccable skills as an athlete that many focused on. The Olympic competitor took on a feat that few have the chance to do by turning up to the Olympics and place in 31st place that the competition. But critics ignored her impressive skills on the uneven bars, the floor, vault, and beam and instead drilled into her for her body type. According to Today, one user on Twitter at the time wrote of her attendance at the Games saying “Alexa Moreno has the body of two gymnasts, a diet before going to Rio would have been good.”
Three years later, the now 25-year-old athlete has shrugged off nasty comments and is back in the Olympic games, haters be damned.
Since her 2016 days, Moreno has become the first Mexican woman gymnast to medal at a world championship.
In 2018, Moreno took home her first bronze medal win at the world gymnastics championships. Competing in Doha, Qatar, Moreno won a bronze medal in vault. Her 14.508 point win put her less than point behind U.S. gymnastics champion Simone Biles.
Last week, Moreno officially nailed the opportunity to represent Mexico at the 2020 Olympic team.
After coming in third for the vault in a competition at Stuttgart, Germany, Moreno qualified to represent her country at the Olympics.