Gymnast Morgan Hurd has made a great case for always wearing a face mask in public while showing off her impressive flipping skills.
The 19-year-old, who is currently training for the Olympics next summer, took to Twitter earlier this week to share a video of herself donning a mask as she executed a standing full — a backflip with a full twist — on the balance beam.
The footage itself makes the argument that if she can have her nose and mouth covered during intense training, everyone should be able to wear a mask in their everyday lives. But for anyone who missed the message, she also tweeted: ‘Wear your mask.’
Protected: US gymnast Morgan Hurd, 19, took to Twitter earlier this week to post a video of herself wearing a mask while training at First State Gymnastics in Newark, Delaware
Amazing: In the clip, the 2017 world all-around champion executes a standing full — a backflip with a full twist — on the balance beam
In the six-second clip, Morgan does a standing back tuck with a full twist on the four-inch beam, nailing the landing before launching into her choreography.
The 2017 world all-around champion returned to First State Gymnastics in Newark, Delaware, in May after the COVID-19 pandemic forced her training into hiatus, but it looks like she hasn’t missed a beat.
Since it was posted on Monday, the video has been viewed more than 70,000 times, and fans approved of both her technique and her public service announcement.
‘If an AA world champion can wear a mask while training you can too. Mask it up,’ one person commented, while another added: ‘Wearing a mask while throwing a standing back full on beam like NBD.’
‘Yes Morgi with the perfect standing full and public health announcement,’ someone else responded.
Looking good: Morgan nails the landing, proving that you can wear a face mask doing just about anything
Popular: Since it was posted on Monday, the video has been viewed over 70,000 times
Throughout the pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stressed the importance of wearing a mask to help slow the spread of the novel virus.
The message is more important than ever as daily records for new COVID-19 cases in the U.S. continue to break ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. There were 172,391 new cases reported on Wednesday alone.
Morgan has been using her large social media platform to highlight issues that are important to her, even sharing photos of herself at protests and marches.
She most recently attended the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. last month — wearing both a mask and a ‘Badass woman T-shirt.
In June, she attended a Black Lives Matters protest following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died at the hands of a white police officer.
Loud and clear: When posting the clip, the Olympic hopeful wrote: ‘Wear a mask’
Loving it: Fans approved of both her technique and her public service announcement
‘Speaking out about all the social injustice in the world, the Black Lives Matter movement and voting, racism, sexism, homophobia, everything is just very important to me,’ she recently told the Olympic Channel.
‘It’s something that I feel very deeply about on all counts, and I’ve been blessed to be given a very large following and a platform. I don’t think that I should let it go to waste and stay silent because silence is compliance.’
Morgan, who was born in China before being adopted, said has had to deal with racism throughout her life.
‘I definitely have experienced racism ever since I was a little kid,’ she said. ‘Obviously not to the extent that the black community does, but just like very little microaggression racism.
‘When I was younger, I would get called like “Ching Chong,” have like the Chinese middle finger thrown at me, asked if I ate cats and dogs,’ she recalled.
Getting ready: Morgan is currently training for the Olympics next summer. She’s pictured in her Team USA Toyko 2020 Olympic shoot, which took place last November
Back to work: Morgan, pictured at the 2020 American. Cup in early March, returned to the gym in May after the pandemic put her training on hiatus
Activist: Morgan has been using her large social media platform to highlight issues that are important to her, even sharing photos of herself at protests and marches
‘Even at the beginning of all this coronavirus stuff, I was in the grocery store one day and this family just kind of gave me dirty looks and pulled their little kid away from me.’
Morgan said she is appalled by the horrific treatment of Asians and Asian Americans since the start of the pandemic.
‘I’ve heard multiple stories, Asians out there, they’re not even Chinese, Korean or Thai, from anywhere, and they’re experiencing all this racism and people are literally getting beat up,’ she said.
‘I read a story about this one elderly lady, someone trying to set her on fire. She was Chinese, and I just think it’s completely disgusting,’ she continued.
‘Not only is that disgusting that people are trying to blame a whole country for a virus, but the fact that you’re trying to blame these Asian Americans, a lot of whom were not even born in that country, who have been here [in the U.S.] their whole lives for this virus.’