Olympic gymnastics team wears ankle-length wetsuits in protest against “sexualization”

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The German Olympic gymnastics team uses their uniforms to take a stand. They’ve decided to wear ankle-length leotards instead of the standard bikini leotards, saying they’re fed up with the “sexualization” of women in sports.

“We wanted to show that every woman, everyone, should decide what to wear,” said team member Elisabeth Seitz, when the team first wore full suits during podium training. Thursday, according to Time.com.

Male gymnasts often wear long pants or loose shorts. The Tokyo Olympics are the first Summer Games since Larry Nassar, a former United States National Gymnastics Team doctor, was sentenced to 176 years in prison for sexually abusing hundreds of gymnasts, including Simone Biles.

The German team wore unitards for the first time at the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships in April.

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