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Alexa Moreno Wants You To Know That She Doesn't Have Time For Your Negativity

BuzzFeed Mexico spoke with the Mexican gymnast about life, success, and social media.

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After participating in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Alexa Moreno, the 22-year-old Mexican gymnast, was suddenly in the public eye.

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There were those that tried to undermine her efforts and work by body shaming her on social media, but there were more who celebrated her participation in the competition.


3. "I started training when I was three."

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"Around fifteen I started competing internationally. In each season, there's a selection process to see who will actually get the chance to compete. In the Pre-Olympics, Mexico only had one slot for someone to make it to Rio, and whoever was highest ranked would be the one who went to the competition."

4. "Getting to the games was the hardest part."

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"It was a very long process, very rocky and very difficult. In the end, I made the cut. I was the best in the Rio-qualifying round and that made me feel good. I gave it my all and I'm very happy with my participation."

5. "The Olympic Games have a more relaxed environment than the international championships."

"When you don't have to worry about fighting to get a spot, the other competitors will actually give you the time of day, hahaha. When you're doing your routine, you can't think about anything but your technique and what you know how to do. When you finish, all you feel is relief."


7. "Social media is so whatever."

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"I hardly ever pay attention to social media. As soon as I finished competing, I was flooded with tags. It really got to me. I got down on myself, but my parents talked some sense into me, and encouraged me not to pay attention. All these people were people I didn't know, and I'd already gotten the chance to talk to people whose opinions really mattered. So, BYYYYEEEE."

8. "I'm my toughest critic."

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"No one has to tell me what to work on. Everything written about me was stuff I'd already thought about and things I'd already felt. Other people don't have much to say to me because I'm already so driven and demanding of myself. If they criticize me, I just don't pay attention unless they're actually informed and know what they're talking about. Everyone who was around me throughout the process told me I did well and, looking back, yes... they were right. It was a good competition."

9. "I do it all for myself."

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"Of course I love being able to put my country in the spotlight. I do like that they recognize that I'm from Mexico, but really I do it all for myself and for my family, who has always been behind me. There are so many people around me being supportive, and they're the ones I dedicate my success to."

10. "When you win, it's 'We won!' But when you lose, it's 'She lost!'"

"When you face defeat, people don't support you, in fact it's quite the opposite. It's hard because they haven't been with you from the start. They don't know about the victories you've had in your career, since they're just now watching."


13. And finally: "Don't pay any attention to fake Twitter accounts, please."

Since she became the target of so much online attention – both positive and negative – a number of fake Twitter accounts have sprung up claiming to be the young gymnast. But there's only one real Alexa on Twitter: @aLexa_M0, and she wants you to ignore the fake ones like she ignores the haters.