Raven Saunders ‘hopping off social media’ after mother’s death

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Mere days after winning a silver medal in Tokyo, Olympian Raven Saunders is now grieving the loss of her mother.

Saunders posted a message on Twitter Tuesday, saying that she would be hopping off of social media “to take care of my mental and my family.”

“My mama was a great woman who will forever live through me,” she continued.

In the medal ceremony on Sunday, the 25-year-old shot putter lifted her arms into an “X” position, a symbol she says represents “the intersection of where all people who are oppressed meet.” The IOC is now looking into the protest.

Additionally, Saunders has been open about her mental health struggles leading into the Olympics, using her platform to encourage others.

In a statement on Twitter, the USATF extended “our most sincere condolences.”