I can't imagine it's comfortable to basically be wearing underwear to compete, especially at high profile competitions where there's cameras everywhere knowing there are people who collect pictures of gymnasts in leotards for sexual purposes. I don't understand why they couldn't wear spandex shorts or the shorts the men wear if they felt more comfortable? If it's to make sure knees aren't bent or something – why can the men wear pants?
I remember I quit gymnastics because I wasn't comfortable showing my thighs and butt to the dads and certain coaches watching in gym and this was a decade ago. Knowing what gymnasts have gone through re: USA gymnastics sexual abuse, I wonder why this hasn't changed. If the gymnasts wanted the option to wear shorts could they collectively come together to make it happen?