Women athletes and their bodies are constantly criticized and policed, and when it happens to young athletes the effects can be detrimental.
In September, one high school swimmer in Alaska was body-shamed for having a swimsuit that showed off too much skin and ended up being disqualified despite winning a match. The discriminatory ruling sparked a backlash, and people accused the referee of racism and sexism against the young mixed-race athlete.
After waves of support came in for the swimmer, the disqualification ended up being reversed and she nabbed her win. But the conversation around women athletes' bodies continues to be all too prevalent.