Simone Biles Backs Gymnasts Wearing Unitards at Olympics | 22 Words

Simone Biles has spoken out in full support of the German gymnasts choosing to wear full bodysuits at the Tokyo Olympics, despite her decision to stick with wearing a leotard.

Germany's women's gymnastics team wore bodysuits in their most recent competition on Sunday as a way of taking a stand against the sexualization of the sport.

The gymnasts say they want younger athletes to feel more comfortable, and not feel like they need to wear the revealing leotards while competing.

Gymnast Sarah Voss previously wore a unitard at the European Gymnastics Championships, which was fully supported by the German Gymnastics Federation.

According to the BBC, the organization said back in April that the athletes were doing this in protest of "sexualization in gymnastics," adding that they wanted to prevent sexual abuse.

Voss went on to say: "We hope gymnasts uncomfortable in the usual outfits will feel emboldened to follow our example."

Speaking to broadcaster ZDF, she added: "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."

And it seems as if U.S champion Biles is in full support of their decision, just like many people, who have taken to social media to express their thoughts on the situation...

One user wrote: "Female athletes should be able to wear what they want. I never hear about male athletes being scrutinized like this. How can dressing more modestly hurt anyone?"

While another commented: "The Olympic organizers are just after cheap thrills for themselves! Athletes should wear whatever makes them confident as long as it conforms to their respective team!"

"Actually they look more confident and comfortable wearing the bodysuit." A third wrote.

Biles, who is a 4-time Olympic gold medalist, has given her support to the German team but will continue to wear a leotard as she feels it makes her look taller while competing.

According to ESPN, Biles said in June: "I stand with their decision to wear whatever they please and whatever makes them feel comfortable.

The 4ft 8" athlete added: "So if anyone out there wants to wear a unitard or leotard, it's totally up to you."

According to the Independent, Biles admitted she was unhappy with her performance on Sunday, despite her qualifying for every women's gymnastics medal event at the Tokyo Olympics.

"Obviously there are little things we need to work on. We'll go back and practice and work on that, just so we can do our best performance at team finals because that's what matters," Biles said.

She truly is the greatest gymnast of all time! Good luck to all the gymnasts who are performing at the Tokyo Olympic Games.