The German Olympic women’s gymnastic team are wearing full-body suits in protest
against ‘sexualization’ in the sport.
The suits – which were in fact worn in their gymnastic qualifications on Sunday –
cover the legs to the ankle
They are considerably less revealing than the suits worn by other competitors.
German gymnast Elisabeth Seitz’s message is simple: Wear what makes you
comfortable. She said: “It’s about what feels comfortable.
“We wanted to show that every woman, everybody, should decide what to wear.”
The German Gymnastics Federation sees the move to wear full-body suits as a
statement against ‘sexualization in gymnastics’, adding: “The aim is to present
themselves aesthetically – without feeling uncomfortable.”
Unlike the unfortunate Norwegian women’s handball team, the German women’s
gymnastics team will avoid any punishment.
According to the governing body of competitive gymnastics, the International
Gymnastics Federation, attire with full or half sleeves and leg coverings are allowed
But only if the color matches the rest of the suit.
The decision to wear the full-body suits was a collective decision between the
gymnasts and the coaches.
Germany’s Sarah Voss confirmed: “We girls had a big influence on this.
“The coaches were also very much into it. They said they want us to feel the most
confident and comfortable in any case. “It just makes you feel better and more