German Gymnasts Will Wear Whatever They Want, Thanks

In opting for full-length unitards, “We wanted to show that every woman, everybody, should decide what to wear.”

7/26/2021 7:13:00 PM

In contrast to *some* global sports federations you might know, the International Gymnastics Federation is perfectly fine with women gymnasts opting for less-revealing uniforms

In opting for full-length unitards, “We wanted to show that every woman, everybody, should decide what to wear.”

The team first wore its unitards in April at the European championships, with the German Gymnastics Federation describing the outfitting choice as a “statement against sexualization” that allowed competitors to “present themselves aesthetically, without feeling uncomfortable.” Typically, women’s teams wear bikini-cut leotards, but the German design — which covers the arms and legs, more like the uniforms worn by men’s teams — is “about what feels comfortable,” German gymnast Elisabeth Seitz told CNN. “We wanted to show that every woman, everybody, should decide what to wear.” Going forward, the team will decide which style to wear “day by day, based on how we feel and what we want.”

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What’s more, the IGF allows athletes that flexibility, giving sleeves and leg coverage the okay as long as everything matches. Its attitude stands in contrast to, say, the International Handball Federation, which recently fined the Norwegian women’s beach team for competing in sports bras and tiny little shorts, rather than the federation’s preferred bikini bottoms. Meanwhile, no one is making the men wear crop tops and Speedos, a discrepancy that feels gendered and also unfair on multiple levels. Plus, as one Norwegian player pointed out, making skimpy little outfits the bar for entry stands to alienate would-be players who don’t want to show that much skin.

Particularly in a sport like gymnastics, which has lately been held to account for sexual and physical abuse long inflicted upon athletes (many of them young girls), deference to participants’ comfort feels overdue. At the Olympics, gymnasts outside the German team seem appreciative of the styling choice. “I think it’s really cool that they have the guts to stand on such a huge arena and show girls from all over the world that you can wear whatever you want,” Norwegian gymnast Julie Erichsen told Reuters. “I applaud them for that.”

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