They already wore that kit at the European championships held in April in Basel
The gymnasts of the German team chose, in voting, to compete this Sunday in the Olympic Games with unitardos, a full-length kit that also covers the legs up to the ankles.
The three-time Olympian Elisabeth Seitz already advanced in the podium training on Friday that they were going to decide between them whether they would wear a jumpsuit, as they did in that warm-up session, or the traditional jersey.
They already wore that kit at the European Championships held in April in Basel (Switzerland).
“It’s about what’s comfortable,” Seitz said. “We wanted to show that each woman, each one, must decide what clothes to wear,” she added.
According to the German, her kit inspired other gymnasts who have not had time to prepare their new unitardos for the Games.
“Maybe in the future. We really look forward to it,” he commented.
“That does not mean that we do not want to continue wearing the normal jersey. It is a decision that is made every day, depending on how we feel and what we want,” he added.
His teammate Sarah Voss, the first to appear in the Europeans with the full suit, recalled that in training they wear shorts and that during competition the feeling that “the jersey moves when you do a lot of exercises” can be uncomfortable.
The possibility that gymnasts use equipment that does not force them to be aware of whether they move or what they reveal when they do their exercises has been considered as a way to avoid the sexualization of the competitors. Also as an invitation for women of all cultures to practice gymnastics.
The International Federation (FIG) approved the kits up to the ankle.
The gymnasts who took the step to compete in the Games with unitardos on Sunday were the aforementioned Seitz and Voss, Pauline Schaefer-Betz and Kim Bui.