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Sports Where Women Still Wear Skirts: 2012 Olympic Female Boxers Aren't Alone

First Posted: 11/08/11 10:49 AM ET   Updated: 11/08/11 11:17 AM ET

The recent controversy over whether or not female boxers will be required to compete in skirts at the 2012 Olympics in London got us thinking: Are sports skirts just another (possibly more comfortable) athletic wear option or an unpleasant reminder of outdated ideas about women and sports?

While female equestrians no longer have to ride side-saddle to accomodate long skirts and strict social mores, many women who play sports like tennis, field hockey, and -- in a suprising trend -- running, still turn to the skirt as part of their uniform, though skirts worn by today's female athletes are usually a lot shorter and easier to move in than those of our Victorian forebears.

We want to know: Are skirts a liberating, more comfortable alternative to other active wear? Or a remnant of unenlightened views on women's relationship to sports?

PHOTOS: Here are seven sports where women still can (or must) wear a skirt:

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The first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon, Kathy Switzer, did so in a dress in 1974. Observers at the New York City marathon this weekend might have noticed the style is making a comeback; "Good Day New York" even did a roundup of women's fashions on the Friday before the marathon, noting the presence of everything from running skirts to running dresses.


While the trend is still debated by enthusiasts, sportswear manufactures are cashing in: Lululemon offers the Pace Setter Skirt for $58, and Skirt Sports offers the original "Wonder Girl Dress" for $75. It comes in patterns like "Red Kiss Play Print" and "Pink Crush Play Print."

Photo: A runner sports a pink skirt and matching socks at the London Marathon, April 17, 2011 (Getty)
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