Today's Edition Local Missouri National World Opinion Obits Sports GoMidMo Events Classifieds Newsletters Contests Special Sections Jobs
story.lead_photo.caption Raven Saunders of United States rests during throws in Friday's qualification rounds of the women's shot put at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Photo by Associated Press / News Tribune.

TOKYO (AP) — They call her "The Hulk." On Friday, she looked more like "The Joker."

Talk about an intimidating game face.

Shot putter Raven Saunders, aka "The Hulk," showed up at the Olympics wearing a virus-protection mask that made her look like "The Joker," from "Batman" fame. She dyed her hair half green and half purple to match the costume, too.

All that superhero/supervillain energy led to a throw of 19.22 meters (a shade more than 63 feet), which was good enough for third in the qualifying round and a ticket into Sunday's final.

"I'm like literally the greatest person," Saunders cracked. "But during competitions, I don't like anybody."

If the Olympics allow it, Saunders promises something even more outlandish for the medals round.

She uses it as an icebreaker of sorts.

"One of my things is like, everyone during the shot put, and I don't know why, people are always smiling and talking. That's not really me," Saunders explained. "This is my way of like, being friendly I guess?"

She wore something similar at the U.S. Olympic trials. That one wasn't virus proof. This one is. Sometimes, she will wear it when she's out and about. It's definitely an attention grabber.

"I get looks. I get lots of looks," Saunders said. "I don't know if people were intending it or thinking I was crazy, but I get lots of looks."

COMMENTS - It looks like you're using Internet Explorer, which isn't compatible with our commenting system. You can join the discussion by using another browser, like Firefox or Google Chrome.
It looks like you're using Microsoft Edge. Our commenting system is more compatible with Firefox and Google Chrome.
/** **/