Gymnasts Debut Unitards in Stand Against Sexualization | 22 Words

Female gymnasts representing Germany at the Tokyo Olympics showed off their full-length unitards to take a stand against the sexualization of their sport.

As athletes, gymnasts usually wear short leotards for their competitions, something that has made many athletes in the sport feel sexualized.

Well, earlier this week on Thursday, July 22nd, Elisabeth Seitz, Kim Bui, Pauline Schaefer, and Sarah Voss gave a glimpse of their new pink and black outfits, which they wore during their practice.

Sharing 2 photos of the team's new competition gear on Instagram, Schaefer wrote: "Our podium training went really well. We were able to call up our performance and introduce ourselves to the judges.

"Fine-tuning will be done again until Sunday and then it will finally start. How do you like our new outfit?"

Team Germany has actually been sporting their beautiful unitards since spring and according to the German Gymnastics Federation, the switch to full-length outfits is a statement against "sexualization in gymnastics," as per BBC News.

Sarah Voss said: "We hope gymnasts uncomfortable in the usual outfits will feel emboldened to follow our example."

Voss opened up about the move toward the outfit change: "We, women, all want to feel good in our skin. In the sport of gymnastics, it gets harder and harder as you grow out of your child's body. As a little girl, I didn't see the tight gym outfits as such a big deal. But when puberty began, when my period came, I began feeling increasingly uncomfortable."

Back in April Bui also said in an Instagram post that she and her team want to: "encourage all gymnasts around the world to be able to wear this if they want to feel better! It should be a gymnast's choice to wear what's she (or he) feels comfortable with! Long legs leotards can also look aesthetically pleasing!"

The official regulations actually allow athletes to compete in "one-piece leotards with full-length legs-hip to ankle."

This announcement comes after Norway's women's handball team was punished with a $1500 fine after they wore shorts rather than bikini bottoms at the European Championships.

The women hope that people will be able to follow their example and lead the way into desexualizing sports like gymnastics and handball.