First team to wear long jumpsuits: Hoheneck gymnasts make history, gymnasts – SWR – Regional

Uta Ziegler pressed her lips together, her gaze wandering the runway at the gym over and over again. A smile crosses her face when she sees everyone who has supported her over the past few months, but the focus is now only here. Coach KSV Hoheneck has worked with gymnasts for a long time and fought for her team to be able to start in long suits today.

She pressed her palms together, the bass of Helen Fisher’s song slamming into the hall, her squad ready on the floor. Hoheneck gymnasts wear a traditional training jacket, but underneath is not a tight-fitting bodysuit with a high leg opening, but a new uniform. With lots of glitter, pink and most of all long legs. The gymnasts at KSV Hoheneck are the first team to start like this – in this case in the 3rd Bundesliga South. “We decided on it as a team,” coach Uta Ziegler says in an interview with SWR Sport.

What if the lawsuit slips?

When German gymnasts around Elisabeth Seitz first started wearing long bodysuits last year, they set an example: for self-determination and against the sexualization of mathematics. A message that was also well received in Hohenk. “I really liked this as a coach, but also as a mom,” Ziegler said. Because the daughter Mona also does gymnastics in the Hohenk team. She, too, was interested in the topic.

“Actually, I always wanted to focus on the exercise, but I always thought about what would happen if the suit slipped,” she says. “That was always on our minds.” The gymnasts taped their suits, “but that of course happened anyway.” For what the judges have called a correction, i.e. an amendment to the lawsuit, there is a point deduction. “We did it anyway,” Mona Ziegler says.

break tradition

Because: “There are paparazzi everywhere, we don’t know which pictures end up on the internet. We don’t have any control over that either.” They would repeatedly try to pay close attention to this – but at competitions in front of the audience this is rare. After almost every competition, there were photos that gymnasts were not happy with. What athletes actually want is very simple: “The focus should be on the sport and not on whether the buttocks can be seen,” says Uta Ziegler.

“The focus should be on the sport and not on whether or not the buttocks are showing.”

Source: Uta Ziegler, coach KSV Hoheneck

That’s also why the coach sat down with her team last year and together they thought about how to fund the new suits as well. Because that’s at least €100 more for a suit than for shorts. Former national team coach Ola Koch even responded to a post from the club and wrote to Uta Ziegler without further ado. “She automatically promised us her support for this project,” she says. “It gave us a huge boost as a small club.” Hut also came to Hoheneck on Saturday. She knows how much resistance to change is in gymnastics. She says, “I think it’s great that this came to pass here. It’s about time that it happened. You have to break those old traditions.”

“time for change”

But in many clubs and societies, those who are not directly affected often adhere to these traditions. Men are allowed to compete in gymnastics in both long pants and shorts, but either way they are almost always equipped with more knits than their male counterparts. “The goal should simply be for everyone who wants to be able to wear long suits — and not be prevented from doing so for financial reasons that are the responsibility of the coaching staff,” says Uta Ziegler.

She fought for it with her team. Friends and family co-finded sponsors, gymnasts designed the suit together, and then the former national coach called the only seamstress making long suits. When she was finally delivered, not only was Ota Ziegler silent. “I was stunned,” says her daughter, Mona. That is why they repeatedly posted pictures on their social media channels and provided them with the hashtag “Time for a change”.

“everything covered”

In the team’s presentation before the competition at home in Hohenk, the change was not only noticeable, but also visible. The gymnasts proudly present their new suits, and coach Uta Ziegler is not far from the floor mat. Her glasses mist, and her eyes filled with tears for a brief moment – she swallows, pauses for a moment and then has to start over. Your team starts with parallel bars, for the first time in a long suit. It is going well. In the past two weeks, Mona Ziegler has been shining in her workouts.

But now it is clearly resolved. “It felt really good,” she says, wiping her hands clean. “Everything is overcast, I was able to focus fully on my workout.” Coach Uta Ziegler was also impressed because gymnasts can now focus solely on the sport, which has paid off in the past months. “It was unbelievable,” she says. Her voice trembles. “I’m proud and happy. Of course the tension was noticeable, but the girls did a great job.” She smiles and then she has to go to the next machine. Balance beam – gymnasts have already mastered the process of balancing with suits.

Source: SWR

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