First club team in long suits: gymnasts from Hoheneck write history, gymnastics – SWR – regionally

Uta Ziegler presses her lips together, her gaze wandering across the stands in the gym again and again. A smile crosses her face when she sees all those who have supported her the last few months, but the focus is now only here. The coach of KSV Hoheneck has been working with her gymnasts for so long and fought for her team to start in long suits today.

She presses her palms together, the bass in a Helene Fischer song rumbles through the hall, and her team stands ready on the floor. The gymnasts from Hoheneck, traditionally in a training jacket, but underneath it is not a tight suit with a high leg cut, but the new outfit. With lots of glitter, pink and above all long legs. The gymnasts of KSV Hoheneck are the first club team ever to start like this – in this case in the 3rd Bundesliga South. “We decided it as a team,” coach Uta Ziegler said in an interview with SWR Sport.

What if the suit slips?

When the German gymnasts around Elisabeth Seitz started in long suits for the first time last year, they were an example: For self-determination and against the sexualization of female athletes. A message that was also well received in Hoheneck. “It really impressed me as a coach, but also as a mom,” Ziegler said. For the daughter Mona also practices gymnastics on the team in Hoheneck. And she was also interested in the subject.

“Actually, I always wanted to concentrate on the exercise, but I always thought about what would happen if the suit slipped,” she says. “We’ve always had that in the back of our minds.” The gymnasts lost their suits, “but of course it happened anyway.” For what the judges called correction, that is, adjustment of the color, there is a point deduction. “We did it anyway,” says Mona Ziegler.

to break traditions

Because: “There are photographers everywhere, we do not know which pictures end up on the Internet. We do not have control over that either.” They would have tried again and again to be very aware of this – but in competitions in front of an audience it is hardly possible. Almost after every competition there would have been pictures that the gymnasts were anything but happy with. It’s actually quite simple what the athletes want: “The focus should be on the sport and not on whether a buttocks can be seen,” says Uta Ziegler.

“The focus should be on the sport and not on whether a buttocks show up.”

Source: Uta Ziegler, coach KSV Hoheneck

And that was also why the coach sat down with his team last year and they thought together about how they could also fund the new suits. For it is at least 100 euros more per. suit compared to a short outfit. Former national coach Ulla Koch even reacted to a call from the club and wrote straight to Uta Ziegler. “She spontaneously promised us her support for this project. It gave us a boost as a small club,” she says. Koch also came to Hoheneck last Saturday. She knows how much resistance there is to change in gymnastics. “I think it’s amazing that it’s been realized here,” she says. “It’s time for that to happen. You have to break the old traditions.”

“Time for a change”

In many clubs and associations, however, those who are not directly affected, however, often stick to these traditions. The men are allowed to compete in gymnastics in long and short trousers, but in both cases they are always equipped with more textiles than their colleagues. “The goal must simply be that everyone who wants to be able to wear long suits – and not be prevented from doing so for financial reasons that lies with the coaching team,” says Uta Ziegler.

She fought for it with her team. Friends and family were involved in the hunt for sponsors, the gymnasts designed the suit together, and the former national coach then contacted the only seamstress who makes long suits. When they were finally delivered, not only was Uta Ziegler speechless. “I was blown away,” says daughter Mona. They have therefore several times posted pictures on their social media channels and provided them with the hashtag “Time for change”.

“It’s all covered”

At the team presentation before the home meet in Hoheneck, the change is not only noticeable, but also visible. The gymnasts proudly present the new suits, not far from the floor mat is coach Uta Ziegler. Her glasses mist up, her eyes fill with tears for a brief moment – she swallows, pauses for a moment and then has to start again. Your team starts on parallel poles, the first time in a long suit. And it’s going well. For the past two weeks, Mona Ziegler has been crunching in training.

But now it is visibly solved. “It felt really good,” she says, wiping her hands clean. “It’s all cloudy. I was able to focus fully on the exercise.” Coach Uta Ziegler is also moved that her gymnasts can now just concentrate on the sport, that all the work of recent months has paid off. “It was incredible,” she says. her voice trembles. “I’m proud and happy. Of course the excitement was palpable, but the girls did a good job.” She laughs and then has to go to the next unit. The balance beam – your gymnasts have already mastered the balance act with the suits.

Source: SWR

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