American gold medalist kneels during national anthem at the Pan Am Games

( CNN) American gold medalist fencer Race Imboden stooped as the national anthem dallied Friday at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, to protest racism, gun control, mistreatment of immigrants and President Donald Trump.

“I chose to( sacrifice) my instant today at the top of the podium to call attention to issues that I conceive need to be addressed. I encourage others to please usage your stages for empowerment and convert, ” he said.