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German gymnasts make their Olympic Unitard debut ahead of opening ceremony

Team Germany’s gymnastics team proudly represents their country in full unitards.

Professional athletes trained in the new uniforms on Thursday, July 22, with Elisabeth seitz, Kim Bui, Pauline schaefer and Sarah voss giving the public a first look at their fuschia and black unitards for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

“We have mastered our training on the podium well,” she wrote in an Instagram post, translated from German. “Tomorrow we will rest, we will train well the day after tomorrow and Sunday the competition will finally get serious.”

Pauline shared the same team photo, writing in German: “How do you like our new outfits?” while Kim captioned her post, “Nice arena, good podium training, nice unitards and a lot of joy.”

In her own behind-the-scenes photos, Sarah, who was one of the first team members to wear wetsuits at competitions, posed with the Brazilian gymnasts in front of the Olympic rings.

Although leotards have traditionally been worn in the gymnastics world, the German Gymnastics Federation (DTB) said in April, according to the BBC, that three of their competitors had chosen to wear long uniforms to protest against “sexualization in gymnastic”.

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