“The teenage girl clambered out of the pool, ready to accept victory. A champion swimmer for Anchorage’s Dimond High School, she had crushed her competition in the 100-meter freestyle during Friday night’s meet with a rival from across town.
But as soon as she stepped out of the water, she learned that she had been disqualified.
The reason? Her swimsuit was exposing too much of her buttocks, an official ruled.
The referee’s call, which is now under investigation, has generated intense debate among Alaska’s close-knit swim and dive community, and prompted a larger discussion about how female athletes’ bodies are policed and scrutinized. Lauren Langford, who coaches swimming at another high school in the area, told The Washington Post that she believes racism, in addition to sexism, may have been a factor, given that the teen is among the few nonwhite athletes in a predominantly white sport.”
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