Alvarado found of a loophole by including the gesture into her performance … saying she wanted to send a message of “the importance of everyone treated with respect and dignity and everyone having the same rights.”
Alvarado says it’s special to use her stage to show those fighting for equality that she stands in solidarity with them.
“Because we’re all the same,” Alvarado said, according to the AP. “And we’re all beautiful and amazing.”
Alvarado earned a 12.166 for her routine and did not advance to the finals … but certainly made the most of her time in Tokyo.