David Smith in Washington

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Name: David Smith in Washington
Date registered: September 13, 2016
URL: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/olympic-games

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  1. Obamas host Simone Biles and 2016 Olympians for White House visit — September 29, 2016
  2. Feyisa Lilesa: being an athlete allowed me to be the voice of my people — September 13, 2016

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Sep 29

Obamas host Simone Biles and 2016 Olympians for White House visit

Event was also attended by relatives of Jesse Owens and America’s 17 other black athletes from the 1936 Olympics for the acknowledgement they did not receive

Gymnast Simone Biles stood tall at the White House on Thursday – though not quite as tall as first lady Michelle Obama.

The 19-year-old Olympian found herself being playfully used as an arm rest by 5ft 11in Michelle at a ceremony honouring the 2016 US summer Olympic and Paralympic teams.

There’s no kid in America​​ who can’t look at our Olympic team and see themselves somewhere

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/sep/29/simone-biles-olympians-white-house-visit-barack-michelle-obama

Sep 13

Feyisa Lilesa: being an athlete allowed me to be the voice of my people

Ethiopian runner made controversial X gesture as he crossed the finishing line, but the struggle of the Oromo is far from over

In a dark suit jacket and tieless white shirt, Feyisa Lilesa walked into the ballroom of a Washington hotel and crossed his wrists above his head. Several Ethiopians present burst into spontaneous applause.

For them, exiled far from home, the marathon man became a hero last month when he made the same X gesture as he crossed the finish line to win silver at the Rio Olympics. It was an audacious protest on one of the world’s biggest stages against the Ethiopian government’s persecution of the Oromo ethnic group, at huge risk to himself and his family.

Related: Olympic medallist Feyisa Lilesa’s gesture was a plea for justice for his people | Henok Gabisa

Related: Ethiopia, 30 years after the famine

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/14/feyisa-lilesa-being-an-athlete-allowed-me-to-be-the-voice-of-my-people