Zany Lime Gymnastics Leotards for Back to School 2012

Check out these zany lime gymnastic leotards for Back to School 2012!  Available through October 31, 2012. Perfect for practice and workouts at the gym!  First we have Asymmetrical Tank Gymnastics Leotard E1996 in Black Nylon/Spandex with striking Lime Zany Zebra Nylon/Spandex print panel highlighted with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. Open Back Gymnastics Tank Leotard E1995 is a Lime Zany Zebra Nylon/Spandex print tank gymnastics leotard with mid-back opening. 

ZigZag Trim Jeweled Tank Gymnastics Leotard 3698, is a classic tank gymnastics leotard with clear jewel accents on Black and Lemonlime Mystique fabric.  Tribal V-Neck Tank Gymnastics Leotard E1997 is a v-neck Lime Mystique gymnastics leotard with bold Black Mystique tribal side design and Black Nylon/Spandex neckline trim. Athletic T-Back Tank Gymnastics Leotard E1999 is a sporty Black Nylon/Spandex t-back gymnastics leotard with Lime Nylon/Spandex highlights and Lime cover stitch accents.

 

Click here to flip through the Back to School 2012 Catalog to shop for these gymnastics leotards and the rest of the Back to School Collection. 

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The GK Fashion Show Shines at the Olympic Trials!

GK Elite hosted our 3rd Annual Fashion Show at the Gymnastics Olympic Trials in San Jose, California from June 28 to July 1.  The Show was held at the Village at Arena Green right outside the HP Pavilion where the competition was being held.  GK held not just one, but two Fashion Shows on Saturday and Sunday of the competition on the same stage that Kenny Loggins played at the post event celebration.

The models, who came from many different gyms across the U.S., strutted their stuff down the runway in a variety of elegant and bold leotards. The large crowd that flocked the Arena Green for the Show needed shades to block the light from not just the shining sun, but also the sparkling SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS that adorned these gymnastic leotards!

Five of GK Elite’s gymnastics lines, Legends, Women’s Special Order Competitive, IN STOCK, adidas, and SWAROVSKI Couture, were showcased at the event.  The Show began with the presentation of the Legends Leotards, which was created by five legendary Olympians, including Svetlana Boguinskaia, Kim Zmeskal, Shannon Miller, Amanda Borden and Carly Patterson.  An array of leotards from the Women’s Special Order Competitive, IN STOCK and adidas, embodied much of the Show.  However, the highlight of the GK Fashion Show was the grand finale of the SWAROVSKI Couture Leotards!  This line boasts four one-of-a-kind handcrafted leotards each worth around $5,000.  Up to 18,000 SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS adorned each of the Couture Leotards!

Paul Ziert, President and CEO of International Gymnast Magazine, enjoyed the GK Fashion Show from our VIP section.  After reflecting on the Show, he said, "I have always thought that artistic gymnastics should move closer to the fashion world, and Elite Sportswear continues to impress me with the various projects they do along this line.  At the Final Olympic Trials, Elite for the third year held a wonderful fashion show to introduce and celebrate their new line.  With models that truly represented the great sport of gymnastics, they entertained a standing-room-only crowd for 30 minutes with exciting music and bling beyond belief.  This new line captures the full range of styles and colors and should be a big hit for next season!"

 

 

 

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2012 Team USA Replica Gymnastics Leotards from Elite Sportswear

We can't wait any longer!  Elite Sportswear is pleased to announce - 10 days earlier than expected - the Everyday Champions Special Edition Catalog - patriotic gymnastics leotards inspired by Team USA!  We want to celebrate the everyday champions - the athletes who supported, cheered, and aspire to one day be... Team USA!

The Special Edition Catalog offers:

2012 TEAM USA Replica Gymnastic Leotards will be available for pre-booking immediately.  The catalog will be available August 13th - December 30th, 2012.

Even more reason to be proud - every gymnastics leotard in the Special Edition catalog is sewn and assembled in the USA. 

Shop the Everyday Champions catalog now for your authentic souvenir of the 2012 London Games!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Amanda Borden Talks Olympics on Channel 12 News in Phoenix

Amanda Borden, member of the 1996 Gold Medal Winning Women's Gymnastics Team, and owner and coach at Gold Medal Gymnastics in Chandler, Arizona, recently appeared on Channel 12 News in Phoenix, Arizona to talk about the 2012 Olympic Games.

Amanda brought along her Gold Medal from the 1996 games and some of the gymnasts who she coaches. 

All of the girls sported Amanda's Special Edition GK Gymnastics Legend Workout Leotard!

Amanda's Leotard - a classic scoop neck leotard in Silver Mystique and White Nylon/Spandex featuring a sequinz flag motif on front, is part of GK's Gymnastics Legends Catalog - available through September 15th! 

Check out Amanda and her athletes from Gold Medal Gymnastics in the video below!  How many GK gymnastics leotards can you spot?

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Behind the Scenes at GK Photo Shoot

Here's your chance to check out the behind the scenes action at a GK photo shoot.  GK recently had a photo shoot for the upcoming post-Olympic line (stay tuned!) and the next holiday/winter gymnastic leotard essentials catalog.  A lot goes into making our gymnastics leotards and apparel look fantastic in photographs for print and online catalogs and advertising. Check out the GK gymnastics leotard models in action!

Check out any last minute must haves from the Summer & Camp Workout Gymnastic Leotard Essentials and our exclusive Legends Gymnastics Leotard Catalog - both product lines are available for only a little while longer!  Not to worry, the Back To School Gymnastics Leotard Essentials are available through October 31, 2012.  And, always available are tank leotards from the 2012 In Stock Catalog .

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GK Booth at 2012 National Congress

Each year USA Gymnastics hosts the National Congress & Trade Show and each year GK is there.  This year was extra exciting with the Olympic Trials going and GK was front and center at the show with their super-sized booth!  The best of GK gymnastic apparel was on display.  All of our gymnastic leotards were showcased for coaches, gym owners, athletes, and fans to touch and see up close.  Lots of people were excited to see a leotard that they had on order.  Others were looking for inspiration for their next design or purchase.  Many people were checking out the latest Back To School Workout Essentials leotards.  From Special Order to In Stock, Ultimate Brilliance to GK Couture, GymTek to GKids - there were lots of gymnastics leotards to ooh and ahh over.  Our new Engineered Art line and the unbelievable Free Sequinz Promo had everyone talking.

GK was taking orders at the booth and giving away tote bags, catalogs, and Nastia Liukin calendars.  Thank you to everyone who signed up for our mailing list!  Congratulations to Crista N. from Miami, Florida who won the SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS contest and a $500 gift card from GK!

We look forward to phone calls, questions, and orders from everyone that stopped by to visit with us!  Remember the GK "booth" is always on line at www.gkelite.comFlip through the Back to School Workout Essentials here.

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GK Hosts Legendary Designers for Autograph Sessions

Earlier this month at USA Gymnastic's National Congress & Trade Show, the GK Booth suddenly had a long, long line to get in. The reason?  Some of GK's "legendary designers" showed up to autograph the GK Special Edition Gymnastics Legends catalog for fans.  The Gymnastics Legends leotards were on display in the booth from June 28 to July 1. 

Team Captain of the 1996 Magnificent Seven and the first U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team to win Gold in all of Olympic history, Amanda Borden, met with fans and signed autographs at the GK booth on Friday, June 29th.  Her Sequinz Flag Gymnastics Leotard E1956 has a classic scoop neck and is made of Silver Mystique and White Nylon/Spandex.  She found inspiration for her legends gymnastics leotard in her Magnificent Seven teammates.  The seven stripes of the abstract flag on her leotard represent the seven team members who won Gold at the 1996 Olympics.

On Saturday morning, Kim Zmeskal, the first-ever American woman to become All-Around World Champion in 1991, arrived ready to greet her fans. Her Contrast V-Neck Gymnastics Leotard E1958 is made of Silver Mystique, and Radiant Royal Sparkle Hologram featuring nail head accent and clear SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.  Kim's design inspiration for her gymnastics leotard came from the logo design of the 1991 World Championships.  Kim brought along her gymnast, Kennedy Baker, to the autograph signing - a bonus for fans!

Carly Patterson arrived at the GK booth later on Saturday.  Carly became the second American woman to win Olympic Gold for the Individual All-Around at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.  Her Modern Zig Zag Trim Gymnastics Leotard E1961 is a scoop back tank leotard featuring an Olympic rings design made of Ocean, Black, Red, Yellow, Kelly Green, and Black Mystiques atop a Silver Mystique fabric.  Her design is inspired by the greatest achievement of her gymnastics career, the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

The lines to meet and get autographs from these three legendary American gymnasts were very long, but the many fans waited patiently for the coveted signatures and a chance to meet a gymnastic legend. 

Shop it before it's gone on August 15th - the GK Special Edition Gymnastics Legends Catalog.

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Everyday Champion: Piper S.

Piper S. is a two year old from Materick All-Star Tumblers in Weatherford, Texas who loves Practicing Trampoline & Tumbling in her orange and black gymnastics leotard that her mother Jenifer purchased from GK Sales Representative June Blackman at their Regional Competition at the Fort Worth Convention Center.  Piper, a future Power Tumbling Star, calls her GK workout leotards her "Super Suits"!


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North Valley Gymnastics Wins Big in GK

GK gymnastics leotards are be spotted all over when the athletes from North Valley Gymnastics in Phoenix, Arizona are competing. NVG's Tumbling & Trampoline Coach, Chelsea Burns told GK, "The NVG T&T team just returned from the JO Nationals in Long Beach, California.  NVG had 17 athletes competing at levels 5-9.  The team returned home with 2 Gold medals, 5 Silver medals, 4 Bronze medals,and 18 top-10 finishes!" 

Way to go NVG!  We're so proud that you chose GK gymnastics apparel!

These three ladies look just lovely in three unique gymnastics leotards from GK.  From left to right we have GK's Asymmetrical Flame Stock Gymnastics Leotard 5836, in Charcoal, Black, and Lemon Lime Mystique fabrics.  Next, we have GK's Bold Tribal Competitive Gymnastics Leotard 9564, in Black Mesh with Electric Turquoise underlay, Lime Mystique, and Azure Mystique.  Finally, we have GK's Dramatic Intersection Competitive Gymnastics Leotard 9532 in Lime, Black, and Azure Mystique.  A hint of sparkle was added to the sleeve with clear SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.

Check out these great shots of NVG athletes competing and winning in GK's Dramatic Bodice Detail Gymnastics Leotard 4846 in Black, Lime, and Azure Mystique fabric. 

Check out the entire GK Competitive Leotard Catalog here.

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Everyday Champion: Isabella L

Isabella L. of Le Club in Moorpark, California shows off her sparkling team spirit in her Sporty Camp Tank GK Gymnastics Leotard Style E1917 in black and yellow nylon/spandex with a custom embellishment on the front center chest.  This workout leotard features a classic racer back and includes a matching hair scrunchie.

According to Isabella, "GK made my team SPARKLE with Camp Spirit! Thank you GK!!"



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GK Sales Reps Set Up Shop at T&T Junior Nationals

USA Gymnastics recently held the 2012 Trampoline & Tumbling Junior National Championships in Long Beach, California.  From July 4th to July 11th, athletes and fans enjoyed days of competition and activities.  GK Elite Sportswear Representatives, June Blackman and Kiana Ross, presented a lavish gymnastics leotard and gymnastics apparel collection at the event which kept them busy!  Here are some great photos of their GK Boutique.

Remember, you can always shop online 24/7 at www.gkelite.com, or give our Customer Service Experts a call at 1-800-345-4087 and they will be happy to assist you with your gymnastic leotard needs!

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Dream Xtreme - One Color Makes All the Difference

The motto at Dream Extreme Gymnastics in Vacaville, California is "Some Dream Big...We Dream Xtreme."  Dream Xtreme owners, Anne Baker and Jennifer Pero, went with GK for their special order GK gymnastics leotard, but dreamed up their own twist on the design.  All of the gymnastics leotards were ordered in the same style and fabrics, but each athlete got to choose their own unique color for one design area of the leotard to personalize it.  Can you spot the difference below? 

The Dream Xtreme athletes look beautiful in GK's Geometric Ribbon Gymnastics Leotard 9547, a boat neckline gymnastics leotard with unique flowing ribbons from front of bodice to back.  It features a matching ribbon pattern on the right sleeve and a v back. The Dream Xtreme leotard is made with Black Mystique, Gunmetal Mystique, and White Mystique fabrics. Each athlete chose from Grape Mystique, Applejack Sparkle, Ocean Mystique, or Blue Raspberry Mystique for one of the ribbons across the bodice.  A little sparkle was added to each gymnastics leotard with Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. 

Looking for a special competition gymnastics leotard for your athletes?  Shop the 2012 Women's Competitive Catalog for ideas, then stop by the GK Design Studio to see what you can create for your team, your look, your way. 

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A Chat with 2012 Women's Olympic Team Member, Aly Raisman

GK Congratulates Aly Raisman on earning her spot on the 2012 Women's Gymnastics Olympic Team!  The Olympic Trials were so exciting!  GK recently spoke to Aly at a GK photo shoot about going professional and her training schedule.  We also asked Aly about what it's been like as a GK endorsed athlete so far.  Here is what she shared with us about GK.

GK:  What do you like about GK gymnastics leotards?  Do you have a favorite that you wear time and again to the gym?

Aly:  I have so many GK leotards, I love them. They are so comfortable. Personally, my favorites are the spandex material gymnastic leotards. I am at the gym for hours. I’ve got to be comfortable while training! I am very into the summer leotards, the bright pinks and blues, so cute!

GK:  What was it like to be a part of the 2012-2013 Women’s Competitive Catalog shoot?

Aly:  Doing the GK photo shoot was so much fun! I love to do shoots because you can be dramatic, smiley, or anything, it's up to you. It's almost like you are an actress playing a part, it's really cool. Trying on all the gymnastics leotards and getting my hair and make up done, was like playing dress up, so fun!

GK:  How did you like modeling the GK SWAROVSKI COUTURE leotard?

Aly:  Modeling the GK SWAROVSKI leotard was such an honor, the leotard is so beautiful. I loved it so much that when I had a chance to design a leotard for the Visa Championships I based it on the couture leotard. I had to change it because it would have been way too heavy! I never had worn a white leo before, but modeling the couture leotard made me realize how beautiful white can be and how much it pops on the floor!

GK:  Anything else you’d like to say to your fans and GK fans?

Aly:  I am so honored and so thrilled to be able to be a part of the GK family. GK is such a fantastic company, they have the best gymnastic leotards!

Thank you Aly for taking the time to talk to us.  GK will be cheering you on - all the way to London!  Check out Aly in the current GK Competitive Catalog

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Everyday Champion: Piper S.

2 year old Piper loves her GKids pink and leopard print gymnastics leotard and pink and black gymnastics shorts. Piper attends Maverick AllStar Tumblers in Weatherford, TX, but this photo was taken outside the Nationals Competion in Long Beach, California!

Her mom, Jenifer, said, "We love GK for its fit and quality.  Can't wait till she's big enough to compete!!"


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Everyday Champion: Erin M.

Everyday Champion Erin M. trains at San Mateo Gymnastics in Belmont, California.  She was the JO National Champion on beam in 2012 in JR C.  Erin is currently a Level 10 gymnast, but her dream is to qualify as an Elite. 

Erin M. said, "I needed a gymnastics leotard for the Elite Qualifier at the Gliders Invitational this past February in Ontario, California.  I chose GK because they are the best in style, fit, design, and quality. I chose this particular style for its simplicity and elegance.  I worked with Holly Thomas, our GK Sales Representative, and my coaches Oksana Bystrova and Armen Astoian to get the perfect design and colors.  Holly showed me all the colors and how they would look together.  Oksana and Armen helped me pick the Swarovski crystals and where to place them to get the best effect.  It was a team effort to get the perfect gymnastics leotard.  When we received the finished leotard from GK, it was everything I thought it would be! The crystals sparkled with such brilliance and it shined from all directions in the light.  It is my favorite GK gymnastics leotard because of its sophistication and elegance." 

Erin started with GK's Sleek Sweetheart Gymnastic Leotard Style 7547 from our 2012 Special Order Competitive Catalog.  It is a classic competitive gymnastics leotard with sleek style lines throughout bodice, back and sleeve, featuring a v-neck and v-back.  Erin chose Charcoal Mystique fabric and Black Mesh sleeves with Gold Leaf underlining.  As she stated above, the leotard was perfected with with strategically placed SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS for optimum sparkle. 

Erin was also one of the models in the GK Fashion Show at the National Congress & Trade Show.  Here she looks beautiful in GK's Dual Star Design Gymnastics Leotard 7548A02, a v-neck competitive gymnastics leotard featuring a shining star pattern on bodice and scoop back with v-strap, shown here in Black Nylon/Spandex, Sangria Mystique, and Lemon Lime Mystique with Metallic Silver SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.  Erin's second look is GK's Waterfall Gymnastics Leotard 4865, a classic competitive gymnastics leotard with cool side waterfall design and scoop back, shown here in Berry Mystique, Orangeade Sparkle, Sunshine Mystique, and Black Mystique with Mango SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.

Looking for your own one-of-a-kind gymnastics leotard?  Start by shopping our 2012 Competitive Catalog.  Then, choose any fabric and any color combination to design your own GK Competitive Gymnastics Leotard. Add your team name or logo in your choice of jewels, embroidery or imprinting.

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This just in...GK's Back to School 2012 Workout Essentials Catalog!

What's the gymnastic leotard forecast for fall 2012?  GK is the first to tell you with the Back to School 2012 Workout Essentials Catalog!

Check it out -

  • ENGINEERED ART - wrap yourself in custom art-inspired gymnastic leotards
  • Nastia Liukin Gold Medal Collection
  • Shawn Johnson Collection
  • GKids - value priced leotards for the beginner gymnast
  • Value Tanks - twelve great tank gymnastic leotards priced at $29.99
  • GymTek - technically designed, high performance gymnastic leotards for the serious gymnast
  • Every gymnastics leotard in the Back to School catalog is sewn and assembled in the USA

Stay tuned for featured collections from the 2012 Back to School Collection.  Can't wait?  Check it out here!

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GK Checks In With Kyla Ross

Kyla Ross won 4th place for the All-Around at the Visa Championships - the next to the last stop on the road to London 2012. She also placed 2nd on Uneven Bars, 4th on Beam, and 6th on Floor.  15-year-old Kyla lives in Aliso Viejo, California and trains at Gym-Max Gymnastics under head coach Jenny Zhang.  Her foray into the sport began in 1999 when her mom enrolled her in a gymnastics class to harness all of her energy.  Kyla's current goal is to secure one of the 5 spots on the the 2012 Olympic Team.  Her dream may come true in just days. In the meantime, GK got to learn a little more about Kyla so we wanted to share with our friends and fans. 

GK:  When did you start in gymnastics?

Kyla: I have been doing gymnastics since I was 3 years old.

GK:  So, are you training for anything in particular right now?  : )

Kyla:  The Olympic Trials! 

GK:  What’s your training schedule like currently?

Kyla:  I train 6 days a week for about 32 hours a week.

GK:  There has been so much speculation about the coveted “five spots” for the Olympic Team and the need for strong all-arounders versus event specialists.  Where do you think you fit in and what do you have to offer the team if chosen? 

Kyla: I have won several AA titles in my gymnastic career so, I would like to think that I could contribute to the team in that same fashion.  Recently, my strongest events have been beam and bars, which I think are very important contributions to the team.

GK:  You have a considerable amount of international experience – does it give you an advantage in competition? 

Kyla: I have a lot of international experience.  Prior to this year, I had been on the Junior National Team since 2009.  As a junior, I went on practically every international assignment that the USA competed in.  I became a senior this past January and I have already done 2 international assignments. I feel that it is definitely an advantage because the international conditions can be so different from what we are used to here in the states.  This goes for everything…weather, food, time zone, equipment, etc.  The more experience you have, the easier it becomes to adapt to anywhere you go.

GK:  What is your favorite event and why?

Kyla:  Beam!  I have always loved beam because I feel it is extremely challenging every time you get on it.  I also find that it showcases the most grace and perfection with every move you make.

GK:  What is your coach reminding you of constantly?

Kyla:  During my competitions my coach is always reminding me to visualize in my head my routine for my next event.

GK:  What’s on your iPod?

Kyla: One Direction, Rhianna, Beyonce, P Diddy, and Justin Bieber are some of the artists I listen to.

GK: Do you have a favorite GK gymnastics leotard?

Kyla: The red, white, and blue Freedom Gymnastics Leotard I wore on day 2 of the 2012 Visa Championships.

GK: How did you like modeling gymnastics leotards for the 2012-2013 GK Competitive Catalog?

Kyla: I had a lot of fun modeling and I enjoyed doing it with Aly Raisman.

GK: What did you think of the GK SWAROVSKI Couture Gymnastics Leotard?

Kyla: I thought it was very elegant and beautiful with all the crystal ELEMENTS on it.  I couldn’t believe how much it sparkled and how heavy it was!

GK: What do you do on your day off or down time – if you have any right now?

Kyla:  Whenever I have free time I like hanging out with my friends and family, go shopping, and I just started online classes to get my driver’s license!

GK: What are you most proud of so far in your gymnastics career?

Kyla: I’m proud that I have made it this far in gymnastics within such a short amount of time. I also feel very fortunate to compete for Team USA and have traveled to all the places I have been to.

Good Luck Kyla!  GK will be cheering you on at the Olympic Trials June 29-July 1, 2012 in San Jose, California. 

Check out Kyla in the GK 2012-2013 Women's Competitive Catalog here!

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Lexie Priessman Captures the 2012 VISA Championships Junior All-Around Title in GK

Junior international elite gymnast Lexie Priessman claimed the Junior All-Around Title at the 2012 VISA Championships in style as she wore a GK Elite Special Order Competitive Wear leotard!  Lexie began gymnastics at the age of 5 and now trains at the Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy in Ohio under the coaching of Mary Lee Tracy and Amy Wert. 

Aside from her Junior All-Around Title at the 2012 VISA Championships on June 7-10 in St. Louis, Missouri, Lexie also captured the Junior Floor Exercise Title and silver medals on the vault and uneven bars.  Way to go Lexie!  Previously in March, Lexie traveled to Italy to help the USA team win gold in the City of Jesolo Trophy.  There, she gained the All-Around title and was first on the vault, second on the uneven bars, and third in the floor exercise.

Lexie made a statement at the VISA Championships in a stunning GK Elite Special Order Long Sleeve Leotard style 9537.  This striking leotard is constructed with Imperial Purple Mystique, Berry Slither, and Steel Mystique fabrics and is adorned with Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.  Check out the youtube video above to watch Lexi's outstanding floor routine from the Championships in her GK Elite Competitive Leotard!

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A Chat with Olympic Hopeful and GK Endorsed Athlete Aly Raisman

Earlier this year, GK proudly announced the addition of Alexandra Raisman to its elite list of endorsed athletes.  Just 18-years-old, Raisman is a three year member of the U.S. National Gymnastics Team.  Raisman currently resides in her hometown of Needham, Massachusetts where she trains at Brestyan’s American Gymnastics under Head Coach, Mihai Brestyan. GK and Aly met up at a GK photo shoot where Aly was gracious enough to answer some questions for us right before Olympic fever had begun.

GK:  How has your life changed since going pro? 

Aly:  Going professional was something that I had always thought about, I have always wanted to try it and not have any “what if’s.” I love fashion, doing photo shoots, traveling, meeting other athletes, and trying new experiences so I figured that going professional would help me be able to enjoy all of those things. I have been very fortunate to experience so many great things already in just a few months. I was able to sign with GK (I love the leotards), Ralph Lauren, Kellogg’s, and Got Milk? I also did photo shoots for GK, Ralph Lauren, Got Milk?, Us Weekly, Vogue, and many others! I even got my own Topps card. The experiences have been amazing and I will always remember them for the rest of my life!

GK:  What factored into your decision to forgo signing with Florida as a lot of people speculated you would do?

Aly:  I always have loved the University of Florida, all the girls and coaches are so much fun and so supportive. Even though I will not be a Gator I wish them the best of luck in all of their competitions! As I mentioned I decided to go professional for the experience. I signed with Octagon Olympics & Action Sports and they have been so helpful, so supportive, and I am so happy for all they have done for me!

GK:  You’re known for your tumbling skills – do you consider tumbling your best asset?

Aly:  I definitely consider my tumbling to be my best asset. I have always loved to tumble. It took a lot of hard work and that makes it all the more special knowing that it took years to get to where I am today.

GK:  What’s your training schedule like right now? 

Aly:  I train everyday except Sundays, however there are some Sundays that I do train depending on if Mihai feels that I need more training! I train about 35 hours a week! Some days it’s about 7 hours. I train 8:30 to 11:30 and then 5 to 9 at night. Some days my morning workout is a little bit longer. It is exhausting but I wouldn’t trade this life for anything. One of the best feelings in the world is knowing after a long day that I did everything I possibly could, I never want any regrets.

GK:  Your current floor music – Hava Nagila – a piece that is both iconic and personal – why did you choose it?

Aly:  I am Jewish so I have a connection to the song. I also wanted to try something that people would relate to, something fun that people could clap too. It took a while for me to find music but my parents were searching for music and found it.  I instantly knew I loved it!

GK:  If you do make the 2012 Olympic team, what will your goals be for London 2012? 

Aly:  My ultimate goal for 2012 is to win team gold. I’ve dreamed of team gold ever since I was young and I used to watch the team competition of the 1996 Olympics. The last two World Championships, I qualified to the All-Around and Floor finals. In 2011, I also competed in Beam finals. I’m going to do everything I can to qualify to those events again. Team gold is my ultimate goal, but it would mean so much to win an individual medal too.

GK:  How did you get your start in gymnastics and how long have you been doing it?

Aly:  I started gymnastics when I was two years old with mommy and me classes. I have been doing it for about 16 years!

GK:  What was the first gymnastics skill that you mastered?

Aly:  The first gymnastics skill I ever mastered was a forward roll, I always loved to flip ever since I was little. I have always been extremely dedicated, and passionate about the sport.

Thank you Aly for taking the time to talk to GK!  Good luck at the Olympic Trials June 29th - July 1st in San Jose, California.  We'll be rooting for you!  Check out Aly in the current GK Competitive Gymnastics Leotard Catalog.  Stay tuned for the Back to School Workout Essentials Catalog that will be launched soon!

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5 Things You Don't Want To Miss at USAG National Congress

The 48th Annual USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show is already set to be an incredibly exciting three days held in conjunction with the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, but GK wanted to add a bit of our own excitement to the already electric atmosphere.  Be sure to catch these 5 exciting GK events while at Congress June 29-July 1, 2012 at the San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, California.

1. DON'T MISS GK Couture Gymnastics Leotards!

All four of the GK Couture Leotards will be on display along with their companion leotards that are part of the SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Ultimate Brilliance Collection by Elite. These one-of-a-kind masterpieces were created with the partnership of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS who donated the thousands and thousands of crystals that inspired our designers without limits.  The GK Couture Collection of leotards have been and will be used to raise funds for various charitable causes.  Stop by the GK Booth #600 & #700 to see Independence, Courage, Radiance, and Freedom - brilliance you won't see anywhere else.  Stay turned to the GK blog for details on each Couture Leotard - coming soon!

2.  DON'T MISS not 1, but 2 GK Fashion Shows! 

The GK Fashion Shows will take place at Gymnastics City USA at the Village at Arena Green right outside of the HP Pavilion on Saturday 6/30 at 3:10 PM and Sunday 7/1 at 4:20 PM.  In addition to being the first to see the latest in GK Gymnastics Fashion, you may catch a glimpse of some former Olympians in the VIP section!  Don't miss the finale of GK Couture Leotards.  Set an alert on your calendar now so you get to the fashion show early for a prime viewing location.

3. DON'T MISS the chance to turn your GK Special Edition GK Legends Catalog into a collector's item! 

Stop by for an autograph from these GK Legends Designers:

  • Amanda Borden - Friday 6/29 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Kim Zmeskal - Saturday 6/30 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Carly Patterson - Saturday 6/30 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Stop by the GK Booth to have a look at the Leotards Designed by Champions for Champions.

4. DON'T MISS the launch of the latest in leotard fashion - Engineered Art!

Custom created leotards that reflect the artistry and technique that is gymnastics.  These unique leotards feature exclusive prints designed by GK and engineered to fit on the body of a leotard.  ART DECO, IMPRESSIONISM, ART NOUVEAU, POST IMPRESSIONIST - wrap yourself in art with GK Engineered Art Gymnastics Leotards.

5. DON'T MISS GK's FREE Sequinz Promotion!  Why pay for sequins when you can get them for FREE?

Beginning Monday, June 25, GK will offer a FREE stock sequinz design on select basic leotards.  GK has made it super easy for you:

  • Select one of six IN STOCK leotard styles
  • Choose your favorite leotard color
  • Pick 1 FREE sequinz design from 17 choices

But hurry, this offer expires July 31, 2012.

Be sure to highlight the GK Booth on your Congress Map - Booth #600 & #700 and visit us each day of the Trade Show.  We are so excited to see you there!

GK. Choice of Champions. Olympic Year or Any Year.

 

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