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Internet Trolls Body Shamed This Mexican Olympic Gymnast

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Alexa Moreno is the only gymnast representing Mexican women’s gymnastics at the Olympics in Rio. Rather than celebrating her achievement, some people took to Twitter to body shame her. Now, maybe these people don’t know what a gymnast’s body is supposed to look like, or they are salty af at their own inadequacies, but that doesn’t excuse the shots they took at Moreno.

Gymnast Alexa Moreno is in Rio de Janeiro, representing México and making her country proud.

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Moreno went to Rio before the Olympic Games for the test events — a final effort to make it into the actual Olympics to represent her country.

The 22-year-old gymnast has been preparing for this moment since she was 3 years old.

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“Mexico needs people who prove that everything is possible,” Moreno told CCTV America. “You need to believe in yourself and fight to be able to do things that no one has ever done before.”

19 years later, she made it to the Games.


Moreno was hoping to make it to the finals for the vaulting competition, but was just shy, coming in 12th place. Only the top eight got to move on to the next round for the vault.

But some bullies on Twitter attacked the gymnast because of her body size.

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“The Mexican gymnast Alexa Moreno on her second vault,” @DonZambucas wrote. “The fatty has already been eliminated.”

Mind you, Moreno is 4’11” and weighs 99 pounds. If that is overweight, most of us are f****d.

And so began a war between common decency and salty haters.


“How easy it is to criticize Alexa Moreno behind a computer screen,” @PedroHerrera99 wrote. “They deserve a gold medal for stupidity.”

Some of the haters tried to delete their tweets, but vigilant Moreno supporters know about this little thing called a screenshot.


And they even included the hater’s full face pic. Drag him!

Several people stood up for Moreno, saying she was a great example of reaching for the stars and chasing your dreams.


“Definitively: We need more Mexicans like Alexa Moreno.”

Some of the bullies decided to try to play the victim when they got called out. Like this young lady.

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“I don’t like Alexa’s body and I have the right to say so,” @Miriam_Junne wrote. “I don’t care about your political correctness.”

But don’t worry. She was swiftly dragged.

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“You have all the reason, you also have the right to show how much of an imbecile you are,” @MachoteKills responded. “You are on the right path.”

As were others, for just not understanding sports in general.


“The people who are criticizing Alexa Moreno for her body are only showing that they don’t understand sports and, even less, gymnastics,” @sam_spino wrote.

Overwhelmingly, people stood behind Moreno and all she is doing.


“Alexa Moreno doesn’t only fight stereotypes of gymnastics, she is also fighting against the group of imbeciles who want to criticize her,” @cin3maniaco wrote.

This one tweet really sends the message home.

Watch Alexa Moreno talk about her Olympic goals and dreams below!


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His Abuelito Worked In The Fields And He Wants To Pay Him Back With A Gold Medal

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His Abuelito Worked In The Fields And He Wants To Pay Him Back With A Gold Medal

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Meet Carlos Balderas, one of the boxers representing Team USA at the Olympics.

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Balderas, a lightweight, could be the first American boxer to win an Olympic gold medal since Andrew Ward, who struck gold at the 2004 Athens games.

The 19-year-old from Santa Maria, Calif., wants to bring back a gold medal from Rio. Not just for the U.S., but to pay back his family for all the sacrifices they’ve made.

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In the ’50s, Balderas’ grandfather, David, left his wife and eight children to look for work in the United States. He eventually saved enough money to bring his family — including Carlos’ father, Zenon — to the U.S.

David Balderas, who is now 88 years old, worked in California’s strawberry fields for decades to earn a living for his family.

Carlos’ mother left his family when he and his brother were toddlers, so his grandparents helped raise him. But he was a handful.

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According to his father, Carlos was a happy, hyper kid who got into a few fights when he was picked on at school.

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Carlos’ father and abuelito decided to enroll him in boxing classes, figuring it would teach young Carlos some discipline. It worked.

When Carlos was 7 years old, he and his older brother Jose were taken to a local boxing gym. The owner told them to return when the boys were older, but their father noticed a boy around the same age training in the gym. The owner explained that it was his grandson, who had already been training for months. According to the Los Angeles Times, Carlos’ father made a bet with the owner: if Carlos could beat the kid in a fight, he wanted to owner to let them stay to train. Carlos won.

Carlos actually fell in love with the sport, and soon, his father and uncle became his trainers.

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When it became clear that Carlos was a standout, the Balderas family made sacrifices to ensure Carlos had every opportunity to succeed.

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“My dad had to sell his car… my grandpa had to sell his watch one time to give us a little bit of money to leave to a tournament,” said Carlos Balderas in an interview with USA Boxing.

Throughout the years, Balderas has had to make a few sacrifices of his own. Due to an intense training schedule, he didn’t quite have a normal teenage life.

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But Balderas told Team USA he understands it’s all part of the plan. “I try to keep my body very healthy and try to be very dedicated. I stay away from parties and stay away from liquor.”

All the work has already led to his Olympic dream becoming a reality. It’s a dream he predicted two years ago:

Balderas, who is blessed with fast hands and quick reflexes…

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That’s him in red.

Has already proven he has what it takes to medal, winning his first two fights in Rio.

If Balderas wins his next bout, he’s guaranteed a medal. And for the 19-year-old fighter who usually speaks with his fists, standing on the podium in Rio is his way of telling his family “Thank You.”

“My family came from nothing. It feels like, this is sort of a way to pay them back. I feel like this is only halfway. The other half is arriving in Brazil and bringing back a medal,” said Balderas to USA Today.

Watch Carlos Balderas and his family speak about their road to Rio:

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