Holly Bradshaw, pole vaulter refused to wear a bikini top and crop top at the Tokyo Games.
Sky News reported that she felt the same. “terror”When presented with a skimpy outfit.
A medalist in the Olympic pole vault has stated that the skimpy are not worth it. outfitsMany women are discouraged from participating in the sport because of the stigmatization of elite female athletes.
Holly Bradshaw from Britain won bronze in Tokyo wearing an original one-piece uniform. She chose not to wear the standard crop top and bikini bottoms worn by most female athletes.
Bradshaw stated that she doesn’t wear such an item. outfitSky News this week revealed that she feels uncomfortable because she does so. “terror”When she was presented with her Olympic kits options before the games.
“It was crop top, knickers, shorts, a bikini onesie and I just [felt] … terror … I can’t wear this, there is no way I can go to an Olympic Games and feel comfortable wearing any of this,”She spoke.
Bradshaw said that she never felt comfortable in skimpier athletic clothing. She stated that she had worn skimpier athletic clothing before Tokyo, but was subject to cruel online comments. “puppy fat”She was young in her career.
“I would see people on TV wearing a crop top and shorts and well that’s the outfit you wear when you do athletics,”She spoke to Sky News.
“I got criticized massively on social media for having puppy fat – I looked unathletic – someone actually said ‘How fit is Holly Bradshaw? #SaidNoOneEver.”
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Bradshaw believes that even though she found a way to wear a uniform that she felt happy in, many professional and amateur female athletes don’t like wearing clothing that shows too much of themselves.
Sky News spoke to her about how many women have contacted her since the Tokyo Games and told her that they were afraid of her competing in public in a bikini.
“Young female athletes who said to me ‘I have dropped out of athletics because I saw people wearing crop tops and knickers and I didn’t want to’… that to me is heartbreaking,”She spoke.
“I dread to think how many women are out there and feel uncomfortable with what they wear but they just have no options and some people don’t feel comfortable speaking out.”
Female athletes are now in control of their uniforms
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Bradshaw is the latest female athlete to voice their dissatisfaction with being forced to wear revealing uniforms to compete.
Tokyo 2020: The German women’s gymnastics team wore full body unitards to compete against sexualization.
“To do splits and jumps, sometimes the leotards are not covering everything, sometimes they slip and that’s why we invented a new form of leotard so that everyone feels safe around competitions and training,”Sarah Voss, a gymnast said.
Prior to the Olympics, the Norwegian women’s beach handball team were fined because they refused to wear bikini shorts to compete.