Male gymnasts wear comparatively body-covering clothes with loose shorts for their floor exercise and vault and long pants on bar and pommel horse routines.
The team’s outfits looked similar to the others in the room as the arena lights gleamed off crystals crisscrossing their chests and down their crimson and white sleeves.
But the German gymnastics team’s new Olympic suits didn’t stop at their hips.
For decades, female gymnasts have worn bikini-cut leotards. In qualifying on Sunday, however, the German team instead wore unitards that stretched to their ankles, intending to push back against sexualization of women in gymnastics.
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