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This Gymnast Was Body-Shamed On Social Media After Her Olympic Performance

Mexicans dragging each other down: Olympic gymnastics edition.

Posted on August 9, 2016, at 1:20 p.m. ET

Yesterday, Mexican athlete Alexa Moreno competed in the artistic gymnastics qualifications at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

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At 22, Moreno is one of the few athletes representing Mexico in a category that rarely sees Mexican participation.

Moreno competed in the women's uneven bars, floor exercise, beam, and vault. She finished in 31st place.

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Some people took to social media to voice their support for Moreno...

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But others took any chance they could to turn her performance into something negative.


“'My dream is to win one of those hot dog eating contests.' –Alexa Moreno.”

Twitter: @VP0rti

"Exclusive images of Alexa Moreno at the end of her gymnastic routine.”

Twitter: @MorganElMaya

“I won’t be able to make fun of Alexa Moreno because her smartphone is a Casio calculator with no social media.”

Twitter: @Javo__O

"Alexa Moreno, another example of pseudo athletes sent by the CONADE just to fill the quota.”

Fortunately, people were quick to point out the example Moreno was setting...

Twitter: @IvoShsep

“#AlexaMoreno you’re a great example for Mexico, go champion!!!”

They laid out compelling arguments.

Twitter: @Alessa_DL

“You idolize a drug dealer but you don’t recognize Alexa Moreno, who’s put in effort in spite of her critics. #DoubleStandards”

Embraced positivity instead of complaining.

Twitter: @DamianBlacK21

“Goddamnit, the moment we see someone different, who tries to do something, we turn all Mexican!!

Alexa Moreno, you make us proud!!"

And posted inspirational messages...

Twitter: @eljarrypoter

"Alexa Moreno, I love you and it makes us proud to have a Mexican gymnast in the Olympics. Keep training, we believe in you.”

That celebrated her success...

Twitter: @Themiisa

“We don’t always have a contestant on #ArtisticGymnastics Thanks #AlexaMoreno!"

And acknowledged the rare occasion.

Twitter: @maryfher_

“A Mexican in the #ArtisticGymnastics is rare and historic. Alexa Moreno, you’re great!"

In conclusion, we need more Mexicans like Alexa.

Emmanuel Dunand / AFP / Getty Images

Because they are an inspiration to the world.

Emmanuel Dunand / AFP / Getty Images

Thank you Alexa!

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This post originally appeared on BuzzFeed Mexico.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.