Michelle Weaver

mwWelcome to GK - Choice of Champions. The World's Leader in Gymnastics Apparel. This gymnastics blog is here to help GK communicate with our  customers, fans, and friends – current and future!  We’ll keep you up to date on what’s going on in the world of gymnastics and we want to hear from you. Comment, post, upload, and link until you’ve had your fill of GK :)

I am Michelle Weaver - GK's eCommerce Manager. I am so excited to have recently joined Elite Sportswear in November 2010. You’ll hear from me regularly in our blog, on facebook and twitter.mw2

Before coming to the Elite team, I worked in both Retail Apparel and Sports Marketing. Outside of the office, I enjoy coaching recreational level cheerleading and spending time with family and friends!

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Gabby Douglas Tells GK About her Movie, her Comeback and her Leotards

Gymnastics fans everywhere watched the Gabrielle Douglas inspired Lifetime movie, "Dreams of Gold," back in early February 2014 and became even bigger fans of the 2012 All-Around Olympic Gold Medalist.  After all of the excitement from the movie died down and Gabby has returned to training at Chow's Gymnastics in Des Moines, Iowa, we were able to grab a few moments of her precious time to ask her how she feels about the movie, her comeback and her leotards.


 

GK:  We were so excited to watch your Lifetime movie on Television, Gabby.  How exciting!  How involved were you in the writing and production of your story?
GD:  I worked a lot on the script with my family. Lifetime and Sony were awesome to work with during the whole process. I also worked with the Director and one of the Executive Producers on some of the casting and was able to give tips on my gymnastic skills and poses.

GK:  A lot of actors say that they never watch their own movies. Although someone else played your part, did you sit down and watch the Gabby Douglas Story on TV?
GD:  I did. I was actually in New York City when it aired because I was a Special Correspondent for Inside Edition at Super Bowl XLVIII.  I had a small viewing party in my hotel room with my mom, my publicist, and another friend. My siblings had a viewing party at home in Los Angeles.

GK:  Were there any parts in the movie that you felt were significantly dramatized for viewing purposes?
GD:  We only had 80 minutes to tell my story, so we had to condense some parts of my gymnastic career due to the time constraints.  Actually, my life story contained so much drama that we couldn't fit it all into the movie.

GK:  In the movie, Gabby all but gives up on her dream right at the height of her career, before the Olympics.  Is that true?  If so, is there a precise moment when you told yourself that you’re going to continue?
GD:  That was totally true!  I told the story in detail in my book, Grace, Gold & Glory: My Leap of Faith.  My family came to Iowa to celebrate the Holidays and my birthday with me in December 2011.  The time flew by so fast that before I knew it, they were leaving to return to Virginia.  I wanted to go with them because I was so homesick.  I missed them so much!  I told my mom that I wanted to quit just seven months before the 2012 Olympic Games. About two weeks after they left in January, I decided that I would stay and fight for my dream.

GK:  We’ve had some fans ask us about the leotards worn in the movie. Which ones were your most and least favorite?
GD:  I liked all of the gymnastics leotards in the movie. I thought it was cool how they recreated some of the competitive leotard styles that I actually wore during competitions.

GK:  What is your overall feeling about the Gabby Douglas story, as it was portrayed on television to the world?
GD:  I am very pleased with the movie!  So many people have told me how inspirational it was, and that was exactly the message that I wanted the move to tell.  It makes me happy that it touched so many lives!  It's very humbling to know that you can have a positive effect on others.

GK:  Has movie stardom changed your life in anyway?
GD:  In some ways it has and in other ways it has not.  I am still the same person I have always been, but now I know that many young people see me as a role model.  It is very important to me that they know that they can accomplish their goals the same way that I accomplished mine.  I think the biggest change is that I had a lot of wonderful opportunities after the Olympics, and they all required a lot of traveling!

GK:  We’ve seen you make appearances on a Disney Channel show, as well as a sitcom.  Do you plan on being in any other shows in the future?
GD:  I really enjoy acting and would like to do more in the future. For now, I have had to turn down some amazing appearances and acting opportunities so that I can focus on my training.

GK:  Your first Olympic appearance was quite a rush for the entire country.  What do you hope to accomplish at the next Olympics if you attend, and is there anything you would do differently to prepare?
GD:  I really want to upgrade my skills and add more difficulty to my routines. I think the way that I prepared last time gives me an excellent example of how I need to prepare this time. I will definitely do some things differently. My hope is to be a part of Team USA again and to continue to inspire others to pursue their goals.

GK:  And lastly, your Signature Collection of gymnastics leotards has been a HUGE hit with gymnasts across the country.  Tell us what inspires your design ideas and which styles you personally prefer to wear when training in the gym.
GD: I'm inspired by so many things!  My Summer collection is filled with bright colors, bold prints and lately a lot of sparkling Sequinz designs.  It's my hope that the styles are empowering to the athletes who choose to wear them.  I personally wear all of my Gabby Douglas leotards to the gym.  It's hard to pick which ones are my favorite when I love them all!  In the photo above, I'm wearing one of my signature leotards from Back to School 2013.

A big THANK YOU to Gabrielle Douglas for taking the time to tell us more about the movie.  We'll be here cheering for you on your journey to Rio 2016!  If you are a fan of Gabby, be sure to check out the latest gymnastics leotards from the Summer Gabrielle Douglas Signature Collection!  You won't be disappointed!

GK.  Choice of Champions.

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Ebee Price and Kyla Ross Take Over Pacific Rim Championships In Under Armour Leotards

This year's Pacific Rim Championship in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada proved to be a huge success, once again, for USA Gymnastics teams!

Ellie Black, Ebee Price and Kyla Ross at Pac Rim Championships

Congratulations to Ebee Price and Kyla Ross on their top Senior, individual and All-Around scores. Price's All-Around score of 59.900 put her in the Gold with just 1.200 points above Ross, who placed second.

The talk of the championship was Price's floor exercise, featured below, where her highly technical routine looked like a walk in the park. Afterwards, she commented that this was the highlight of the competition for her. She was also very excited she was able to lead her team to win the All-Around, while winning three out of four individual event gold medals in a competition where she has never before competed. When interviewed, Price recognized the good nature of the spectators, praising them for enjoying the entire competition as a whole, instead of rooting for one gymnast over another.

Pulling through the ranks in the Junior Division, Bailie Key gave fellow gymnasts a run for their money, as well. Her performances earned her three individual Gold Medals, an All-Around Gold, and a team Gold Medal. She's one to keep your eye on in the upcoming years.

All of the women from Team USA competed in an elegant Under Armour competition leotard, designed specifically for their team events. To learn more about Under Armour leotards, and specifically about Team USA's leos, check out our post about Team USA at Jesolo Trophy.

 

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Texas Champions Qualify for Regionals in Bold GK Leotards

Denton Gymnastics Academy from Denton, TX has had an amazing season at competitions this year and they are excited to show you their TEXAS tank leotards from GK! In Texas, "Go big or go home!" summarizes the lifestyles and design community as a whole, and that includes professionals and amateurs alike. This talented Texas gymnastics team is no exception. All of the gymnasts pictured below attend school at home to accommodate their 32-hour per week practice regimen at Denton Gymnastics Academy. Their big commitment to the sport shines through their bold colored tank leotard - and it doesn't get much bolder than Merlot Mystique. This Mystique Low Scoop Neck Leotard 3619 from our in stock leotard collection is a simple design that's available in a variety of fun colors from Grape, Cherry and Lime Mystique to Sunshine and Steel Mystique. The classic scoop neck and square back of the leotard is a tried and true style that looks great on everyone, and is customizable with your team logo or design, making it a quick and easy selection for meets, workouts, or even incentive awards. Denton's leotard features a custom Silver Sequinz logo that looks professional and fabulous.

What kind of success can you have with big bold colors and well-stated, simple designs? All the ladies above competed at the Level 7 Texas State meet this season in their TEXAS Mystique leotards, and all came home champions, each one taking a place, from first to seventh out of up to 72 girls in their age groups, qualifying them for Regionals! We wish them lots of success in their upcoming events, but with bold fashion sense and fierce commitments such as theirs, we believe luck has little to do with their outcome.

Whether your leotard is part of our in stock selection or an artistic masterpiece from our Special Order Design Studio, choose the brand with the best fit, most sophisticated style, and the choice of champions.

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To learn more about other teams who adore their bright and beautiful tank leotards, follow this link to Color Games Gymnasts Compete in GK Tank Leotards at Rutgers University.

 

 

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Everyday Champions: Erin, Ali and Lilia

Everyday Champions, Erin, Ali and Lilia adore the sport of gymnastics and begin their climb to the top with GK Leotards. They recognize that to be the best, you have to compete like the best, and that includes the best equipment, the best coaches, and the best gymnastics leotards from GK.

From left to right, Erin, Ali and Lilia, all practice at different gyms along the East Coast, but they all have one thing in common; their love for GK!

Above, Erin is performing a handspring, front tuck at her gymnastics meet. She says, "My GK leo makes my routine look even better. This leo is important because I scored a 9.55 on my floor routine in it."

In the middle, Ali is wearing an Aly Raisman leotard from her Winter collection. Ali claims, "If you dress like a champion, you'll compete like a champion. That's why my pink Aly Raisman leotard is my favorite. I wear this one to practice a lot."

Lilia looks gorgeous in her new competition leotard! When it arrived, she marveled at its beauty and comfort, saying, "GK always provides the best quality and most gorgeous designs. I can't wait to compete with it this season!"

We wish all of our Champions a lot of success in their gymnastics careers, and we look forward to watching their progress in GK Competition Leotards and GK Tank Leotards.

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Everyday Champion, Michael Lober, Competes in a Men's GK Competition Shirt

Meet Everyday Champion, Michael Lober, from Top Flight Gymnastics! Michael loves competing in his "choice of champions" men's competition shirts. He says, "My men's competition shirt was given to me because I had the chance to be on the men's Junior Olympic Region 7 team in 2011, in Long Beach, California. It was such an amazing experience that I will remember forever. Participating in such a large competition was as thrilling as it got, and my GK team gymnastics wear was the icing on the cake. Thank you GK!"

GK donates all the apparel to the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic Program for all disciplines, and Michael looks great in his Junior Olympics menswear. This Royal and Black Nylon/Spandex gymnastics competition shirt features Black Techmesh to keep him cool and comfortable during his routine. Paired it with a Black Men's Competition Pant, the look is professional, comfortable and fit for a champion.

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Olympus Tops Gymnasts, A Distinguished Team In Luxurious Purple Leotards

We all love purple! And what better color to distinguish these young gymnasts from Olympus Tops Gymnastics in Sandy, UT than a tone that combines the energy of red with the calm of blue. A gemologist will tell you that purple is the color of good judgement, while a priest might say it's the color of spirituality. Either way, it's a color that represents balance - hot and cold, loud and subtle. You might say that for the Olympus Tops gymnasts, it represents the ability to perform a grueling gymnastics routine in practice and to reflect, afterwards, on the dynamics of the skill. With that said, having qualities of both warm and cool tones, pairing purple with another color presents a challenge at times. Olympus School of Gymnastics got it right, though, and they are stunning!

GK 3/4 Sleeve Purple Leo on Olympus Tops Gymnasts

Photo compliments of Andrea Hanks Photography

Set out to satisfy their purple passion, Olympus Tops paired the shimmering Purple Mystique on their 3/4 sleeve leotard with White Sparkle Hologram for contrast and Black Nylon/Spandex as a subtle accent. The selected colors merge to create a fantastic woven side design that shapes and elongates Olympus Tops' athletic physique. That same pattern gives way to a heart shaped back to emphasize the gymnasts' youthful spirit. Since there's no luxury in competition leotards without jewels, Olympus Tops added both Lavender and Brilliance SWARVOSKI ELEMENTS throughout the sleeves and along the intricate style and v neck lines, illuminating this team to stardom.

Think you have what it takes to tackle a purple leotard? Test your design skills by logging in and personalizing your favorite gymnastics leotard style from our Special Order Design Studio. Hurry. Your destiny leotard awaits you. 

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Everyday Champion Makenzie Loves GK Sparkle

Everyday champion, Makenzie, from Arizona just turned 8 years old and couldn't wait to try on her birthday gift, a brand new GK leotard with workout shorts! While practicing at Rhythm & Motion Dance Center in Arizona, Makenzie looks forward to doing splits and practicing her routines for competition. In addition to dancing and tumbling, she also enjoys performing as a cheerleading mascot for her father's football team at Red Mountain High School. Makenzie works hard on her tumbling and flexibility so she can someday join the varsity cheer squad.

The Shimmering Purple Workout Leotard 3710 that she eagerly accepted and changed into 3 hours before practice is a shimmering Lavender Ice Mystique garment with Imperial Purple zig-zag trim design and Purple Sequinz scattered across the right side. Makenzie recommends it because it "sparkles everywhere." According to Makenzie, there's no leotard brand that shines quite like GK. We love the way this beautiful purple leotard fits Makenzie so well, not to mention the smile it put on her face. It relates perfectly with her White Sparkle Cheer Shorts CB509 with a turned up hem and elastic waistband for maximum comfort. These shorts are a great accessory to add your team logo on with either jewels, sequinz, imprinting or embroidery, but they're also perfect on Makenzie as is.

Thanks for sharing your birthday photo with us, Makenzie!

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Everyday Champions come in all sizes, from all backgrounds. Are you an Everyday Champion? Submit your photo and story to us so we can feature you on our blog. It's your time to shine.

 

 

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Everyday German Gymnastics Champion, Madeleine Owen, Competes in GK Competition Leotards

Gymnastics champion, Madeleine Owen, from Bochum, German, loves to compete in her GK 3/4 sleeve gymnastics leotard! She trains at Gymnastics Center Harpener Heide to compete with the best, perform her best and to be the best. During her competition at WTB-Landescup, Madeleine chose to portray this feeling of greatness by wearing a brand that gives her a great fit, superior comfort, and a professional leotard design, GK.

Madeleine chose a classic, high neck Dramatic Asymmetrical Competition Leotard 9562. This leo matches Maddi's fierce yet graceful personality with its Red, Black and White Mystique unique style lines that shimmer under the fluorescent lights of the gym, complimenting Maddi's natural glow and technical skill level. No competition leotard is ever complete anymore without jewels, and Maddi chose to adorn her 3/4 length leo with Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS throughout the torso, neckline, sleeves and back of her leo to glisten from every angle.

All around the world, GK is known as the premier manufacturer of gymnastics apparel, and our reputation is not without merit. We offer only the best in jewels, fabrics, and designs for an unprecedented fit and finish suited for champions. Don't take our word for it though, try our GK gymnastics leotards out for yourself. We promise not to disappoint you.

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Read New Jersey State Championships Decorated with GK and Under Armour Leotards for more photos of fabulous competition leotards.

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Team USA Takes the Podium in Under Armour Leotards at Jesolo Trophy

Congratulations to Team USA on their overwhelming wins at Jesolo! We are so thankful that photographer Filippo Tomasi was able to capture these amazing moments in gymnastics history to share with us.

Team USA consumed the Senior All-Around podium, with Kyla Ross from Gym-Max Gymnastics in Costa Mesa, CA in First Place, followed by Peyton Ernst from Texas Dreams Gymnastics and Maggie Nichols from Twin City Twisters in Minnesota.

Team USA in GK Gymnastics Leotards at Jesolo Trophy

Team USA senior gymnasts at Jesolo Trophy. Photographed by Filippo Tomasi.

Their winning leotard is an Under Armour custom v neck design in Sangria Mystique. Berry Mesh decorates the upper body of this Under Armour leotard, and lively Silver Mystique and Steel Mystique style lines add charm to the look. Finally, Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS adorn the arms and upper body to give these American gymnasts the glow of champions.

Team USA also won the Junior Title, with Bailie Key from Texas Dreams Gymnastics leading the Junior All-Around, followed by Nia Dennis from Buckeye Gymnastics in OH, and Nora Flattley from Chow's Gymnastics and Dance Studio in IA. All were American winners! Way to go, Ladies!

Team USA junior gymnasts at Jesolo Trophy in pink leotards

Team USA junior gymnasts at Jesolo Trophy. Photographed by Filippo Tomasi.

They accepted their trophies in a design created specially for Team USA. This Berry Mystique competitive gymnastics leotard is dazzling with a featured Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS chandelier design that flows from a White Sparkle applique. The additional SWAROVKSI ELEMENTS on the upper body and Berry Mesh sleeves bring the entire gymnastics leotard to life, insuring that all eyes stayed glued to these gymnastics champions.

If you love to be in the know about Team USA and their fashion-forward leotard designs, there's more to come. Follow USA Gymnastics and GK Gymnastics on Facebook for Team USA's latest competitions, leotards and wins. If you find yourself craving one of these fabulous featured leotards for yourself, shop our Special Order Competition Leotards, where you'll find similar styles that you can make your own with a few fabric, color and jewel selections.

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The Petite Pink Posse Wins Favor with Fans and Judges at Idaho State Championships in GK Tank Leotards

They call themselves the Petite Pink Posse, and all eyes swing in their direction when they compete. They're not just cuties in hot pink and sparkly silver GK tank leotards; they are the champions of the Level 3 Idaho State Championship, and they can't help but to steal your heart.

These tiny athletes consume their audience and gymnastic judges in a Swarovski Swirl Tank Leotard WL340. In Berry Mystique and Silver Mystique, this gorgeous leotard looks like it could be part of our GKids line. The look is completely appropriate and beautiful for their age. However, adorned with a different color palette the look of this tank leo changes drastically. That's what makes our special order design studio such an ingenious invention. This leotard can be ordered in your favorite fabric and color combination with or without the Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS that decorated the swirling pattern in Pink Petite Posse's leotard. With a Fuschia SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS infused GK logo, these young gymnasts sparkle from top to bottom.

When browsing our Special Order Design Studio, remember to look for patterns and styles that speak to your team's personality. Colors, jewels and team logos can all be changed to refine the look, and turn it into a gymnastics leotard made just for your team. Add your impression to all your gymnastics gear, from tank leotards and competition leotards to men's compression shirts and warm up jackets. For sizing samples, design expertise and general assistance please contact your local GK Sales Manager or Customer Service.

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Stars From the Winter Cup Compete in GK Men's Competition Shirts

This year's Winter Cup in Las Vegas, a district qualifier to the P&G Championships, turned out to be a nice reunion for GK, and sales representative, Calli Campo, as we caught up with several of our GK Catalog models and USA Gymnastics National Team members. Cover model, Brandon Wynn, showed up to perform a stunning and winning performance on the rings. After his seemingly effortless routine, he was gracious enough to pose for a photo with a signed copy of the GK Competitive catalog, featuring Wynn in GK Men's Gymnastics Competition Shirt 1971. In addition, fellow National Team member, Donnell Whitenburg, who was welcomed to the Senior National Team at the conclusion of the Winter Cup, stopped by to chat with us as well (pictured below with Wynn).

We always look forward to seeing GK model and National Team member, John Orozco, who, by the way, tied for second place in the All-Around. Falling behind by only half a tenth of a point, Orozco and friend, Joshua Dixon enjoyed their day none-the-less. Dixon was all smiles after winning the Bronze Medal on the vault, and earning his place on the Men's Senior National Team. Both looked great in their Under Armour shirts! Finally, the event wouldn't have come together quite as seamlessly without Director, former Buckeye gymnast, and GK Model, Kerry Adderly!

Be sure to check out these athletes on our website when you shop our Men's In Stock Competition Shirts and Men's Compression Shirts. And remember, they could be at your next event in Under Armour gymnastics apparel by GK.

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La Fleurs Gymnasts Shine in Their Own Colors of GK Leotards

La Fleurs Gymnastics from Germantown, WI looked phenomenal at the Tim Rand Invitational in February! They all wore the same GK competition leotard, but coaches mixed it up a bit by allowing the girls to choose the color that best fits their personalities. The choice to do so was brilliant, and the La Fleur gymnasts look amazing in their colorful ensembles.

All of the ladies from La Fleurs wore a Vibrant Sweetheart Gymnastics Leotard 7561 in a shimmering Black Mystique fabric with Black Slither Hologram on the upper body and sleeves. Slither Hologram is a fabric choice that catches light just as well as mystique, but it also adds texture and a dimension to the leotards that is both unique and interesting. It's a great choice as a substitute for mesh, especially if you're looking for a durable, textured fabric. The neatest element of La Fleur's Vibrant Sweetheart Gymnastics Leo is their choice of colors for the appliqued design. All of the leos feature primary style lines in White Opalescence Hologram and both heat transferred and hand set Clear SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.  Then each athlete chose their own mystique accent to finish the look. From left to right, the color selections represented in the photograph are Electric Turquoise Mystique, Sunshine Mystique and Berry Mystique. Together, the gymnasts look like a fun and colorful team. We love it!

All of our Special Order competition leotards offer the opportunity to order the same leotard style for your entire team, and to distinguish individual gymnasts, skill level groups or gym locations (if you come from a multi-facility gym) by differentiating just one element of the design. The diversity is a lot of fun, and the group still looks like a team. It's also an incredible way to get your gymnasts involved in the design of their leotard and to make them feel like champions.

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Fun Times and GK Leotards at the 4th Annual Kalon Ludvigson Invitational

Kalon Ludvigson had a fabulous turnout this year at his annual Invitational where athletes had an opportunity to meet with Kalon for the first time since his injury in August. Prior to the event, we briefly recapped Kalon's life and his accomplishments. You can read about them at GK is Proud to Sponsor the 4th Annual Kalon Ludvigson Invitational. If you are interested in helping Kalon with his recovery, he is still accepting donations from The Kalon Ludvigson Fund to offset the cost of his treatments and necessary equipment.

What we saw this year at the 4th Annual Kalon Ludvigson Invitational was an amazing rally of support for a friend, peer and hero. The gymnastics meet that began its tradition 4 years ago by an athlete who is adored by many for his talent, comradery and good looks is now an event to support that same athlete that we have come to love over the course of his career. This year, the event attracted professional and aspiring gymnasts alike from across the country. For fans, this meant that Salt Lake City was the place to be. Below you'll see many familiar faces, alongside of Kalon, meeting with fans.

Attire on the mats varied from sparkly tank leotards to formal long sleeve competition leotards. Both of the styles represented below are stocked by GK for immediate purchase. The Gypsy Flyers from Gleason's in Minnesota are wearing a Mystique Low Scoop Neck Leotard 3619 with their team logo added to the front. This beautiful Electric Turquoise color looks great on everyone, and the design offers an athletic and supportive square back that the girls love.

The Northern Star Bounders look fantastic in their Classic Leotard With Bold Design 5838ST. This is a stock leotard that can be purchased as is in Red and Black Mystique with White Sparkle Hologram design outlines and Clear SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS highlights. However, if you love the style and want to add your own personal touch to the design, it's also customizable! Jewels, stock or custom, sequinz, applique embroidery or imprinting all leave their mark on this competitive leotard in a creative, unique way. The Northern Star Bounders men blend nicely with the group, competing in Under Armour Force 6001. Made by GK, the Red and Black Nylon/Spandex and Red Techmesh in this men's gymnastics competition shirt features the same shades as the ladies' Red and Black Mystique, without the sparkle. The design, available in both mens and kids sizes, looks great on the male gymnasts. It's paired with a UA In Stock Men's Gymnastics Short 6003 in Red. All of the Kalon Invite athletes from Northern Star Bounders look fabulous!

We enjoyed taking part in the 2014 Kalon Ludvigson Invitational, and look forward to seeing Kalon's recovery progress next year. That begs the question, what will you wear for the 5th Annual Kalon Ludvigson Invitation? Will you compete in an in stock leotard, men's GK competition or UA Competition Shirt, or will you take the plunge and Special Order your competitive team wear? Either way, we look forward to seeing all of our GK Champions enjoying their sport.

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Under Armour Leotard Spotted on Olympic Champion Victoria Moors

We love seeing world renowned gymnasts wearing Under Amour in practice! Victoria Moors is a 2012 Canadian Olympian who practices in Under Armour at Canada's #1 Gymnastics Club, Dynamo Gymnastics. 

Our Under Armour Tank Leotards are a collection of understated, sporty designs that blend GK's expertise in gymnastics with Under Armour's mission, "to make all athletes better through passion, design and the relentless pursuit of innovation." The current All-Around Elite Canadian Champion, Victoria Moors, is pictured to the left practicing in UA Dedication 6307. This elegant Under Armour tank leo fuses the GK 4-way stretch, shimmering Black Mystique fabric with beautiful Passion Mystique accents of curvaceous piping along the torso, and simple, bold style lines below the shoulder blades. It's the perfect combination of athleticism and femininity, and it looks phenomenal on Victoria!

Keep your eyes peeled for more Under Armour designs by GK in the coming months and years, as the U.S. National Gymnastics Team prepares for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. In the meantime, search our current selection of Men's and Women's Under Armour gymnastics shirts, pants and leotards at GK to practice and compete like champions. 

 

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Harlem Invitational Proudly Sponsored by GK Gymnastics Leotards

Throughout our 30+ years of service to gymnasts worldwide, GK has proudly donated, and continues to donate, millions of dollars in leotards and gymnastics accessories to the industry. This dedication to give back is not one that we take lightly. It is twofold a responsibility and an honor, for without organizations such as USA Gymnastics Junior Olympics, TOPS, East/West Championships, and smaller organization such as the Wendy Hilliard Foundation, the sport that we dedicate our lives to day in and day out would cease to exist, and so would we.

Harlem Gymnastic's Purple GK LeotardHarlem Gymast in GK Leotard for Wendy Hilliard Foundation

One of our most recent and prized contributions to gymnastics went to a Hall of Fame Rhythmic Gymnast named Wendy Hilliard. Wendy operates a not for profit gym, The Wendy Hilliard Foundation “WHF”, that provides free weekly gymnastics classes to New York inner city youth. Their website states, "As the first African-American to represent the U.S. in rhythmic gymnastics, Wendy Hilliard's goal was to create a program that provided an opportunity for more minorities to experience her sport. After serving over 10,000 participants the Wendy Hilliard Foundation has established an incredible track record of providing quality programming for people of all ages and abilities in the sport of gymnastics." She has even taken her athletes to the Junior Olympic National Championships, where they consistently won top honors and earned first place finishes. The WHF lady gymnasts are pictured above with GK Business Development Specialist, Erin Gettle.

This year, GK designed and donated a beautiful Imperial Purple Mystique 3/4 Sleeve Gymnastics Leotard 3457 to Wendy Hilliard's Harlem gymnasts. These leos, adorned with Silver Hologram Sequinz in a lively floral pattern, united the team at their own Harlem Invitational, where athletes competed in Rhythmic Gymnastics, Artistic Gymnastics and Trampoline and Tumbling. Most of the competing teams came from New York, but Harlem was also able to pull in some teams from New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts for this well-organized and well-received event.

The WHF guys wore a White Nylon/Spandex Wrap Around Men's Gymnastics Competition Shirt 1853 with Black and Purple Nylon/Spandex style lines along the shoulders and under the arms, and an over-sized Harlem Invitational embroidered logo on the front. Our men's competition shirts feature a boy cut leg for maximum comfort and support. GK also supplied the Harlem boys with a Men's Gymnastics Long Short 1818, in Black Nylon/Spandex.

As you can see from the photos above, the day wasn't all work and competition. It was also a celebration, of sorts, where the community gathered to honor all of the young gymnasts, their dedication and achievements, and to enjoy the day. The day was made possible through sponsorship from GK, TD Bank, Premier Physical Therapy & Wellness, Whole Foods and Aquafina. Each sponsor had something different to contribute. Thanks to Whole Foods, the coaches and judges enjoyed a delicious lunch, and many of the adults took advantage of Massage by Marta. Best of all, admission was free. The Wendy Hilliard Foundation ended the event with a 2 hour showcase of different groups from their organization putting on group and individual special performances.

If you missed the Harlem Invitational this year, it's definitely worth marking your calendar for 2015. Until then, you can be proud to shop the brand that supports all facets of gymnastics, GK.

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New Jersey State Championships Decorated with GK and Under Armour Leotards

The floor of the New Jersey Level 8, 9 and 10 State Gymnastics Championships was a glowing display for GK last weekend! SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS lit up the floor on an array of teams wearing various GK styles. We're undecided as to which style was our favorite, so we'll let you be the judge.

www.gkelite.com/Bright Stars Gymnastics of Egg Harbor Township, NJ competed in our Dramatic Intersecting Competition Leotard 3532. They special ordered this eye-catching competition leo to include swirling design lines of White Sparkle Hologram and Sunshine Mystique on top of their shimmering Cherry Mystique competition garment. They adjusted the sleeves to a 3/4 length and added Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS to the cuffs, left sleeve and the White Hologram swirling line design, in addition to the small logo to insure a sparkling routine. We especially love that they paired their GK Leo with matching, bright orange shoes. 

Competitors from Randolph Gymnastics of Randolph, NJ were beautiful and feminine in their special order design of our Cascading Ribbon Gymnastics Leotard 7557. This is a faux sweetheart style, somewhat in disguise. The Violet Slither lower body and and Black Mesh upper body is overlapped with an edgy ribbon pattern in Seaglass Sparkle Hologram and an abundance of Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS along the neckline and over the ribbon detail for a mystical look. The combination works well together, and we adore the look.  

The Classic Sweetheart Competition Leotard 7545 looked very regal on Action Gymnastics from Howell, NJ. Their Berry Mystique upper body and arms are lined with Black Mesh and adorned with Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS all around, creating a deep and shimmering color. Its the perfect topping to their Black Mystique Lower body, frosted around the cuffs and sweetheart top with heavily packed, Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. Together, the details selected so carefully by Action Gymnastics, delivered a spectacular look, and Action was proud to show it off.

Our Under Armour Collection of competition leotards also offers a sweetheart style, and Rebound Gymnastics, from Marlboro, NJ wears it well. Their Under Armour Elegance 6701 is a style inspired by the National Team leotard worn at the 2013 Jesolo Trophy. Sewn with Seaglass Sparkle Hologram fabric, this shimmering silhouette offers a contrasting, Black Slither, with Black Mesh lining on the shoulders and arms. Its featured faux halter style lines in heat transferred packed Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS compliments the style and looks fabulous with Rebound's custom Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS that embellishment the sleeves with curvy leaf shapes, sparkling cuffs and their name, Rebound, scripted along the arm. What a gorgeous combo!

The next time you see a leotard style that you love, look it up on our Special Order Design Studio and make it your own by selecting your preference of fabrics, colors and jewels. For assistance, many of these featured teams contacted our New Jersey Sales Representative, Colleen Patton, to bring their design together. Your local GK Representative is happy to share their expertise in fit, style and design to give you a leotard that's fit for champions.

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Cirque du Soleil Gymnastics Leotards Now $49.99!

Spring is here, and we're giving you eight reasons to celebrate the new season. For only $49.99 one of these eight Cirque du Soleil gymnastics leotard styles can be yours. All of these great styles feature a combination of our Black DrySport fabric, shimmering Mystique fabric, Hologram Sequinz and a unique sublimated print.

Celestial Dream Tank LeotardDaydream Wishes Tank LeotardThe Celestial Dream Tank Leotard features Black DrySport in combination with Purple Nylon/Spandex, and a beautiful, celestial sublimation design on mystique. Daydream Wishes Tank Leotard is an artistic combination of Dreamy Sublimation, Turquoise Nylon/Spandex and striped Imperial Purple Mystique.

 

Vibrant vines Tank LeotardGypsy Lace Tank LeotardThe Gypsy Lace Tank Leotard features a stunning nighttime sunset landscape scenery with swirling clouds of Silver Hologram Sequinz and a colorful leopard sublimation print. The Vibrant Vines Tank Leotard also features a creative use of multi-colored Hologram Sequinz that accumulate to create a lovely vine of leaves under a whimsical Turquoise sublimation design.

 

Tribal Fantasy Tank LeotardPassion Flame Tank LeotardThe next two leotards simulate a dance with fire. Tribal Fantasy Tank Leotard takes our senses to a mystical magic state with flashing images of Red and gold Sequinz that seem to vanish behind the Black DrySport fabric. These flashes transcend to the fierce sublimated flame design on the shoulder for a deliciously daring look. Passion Flame Tank Leotard brings your senses directly to the fire with flaming sublimated appliques descending from from the v neck and onto the Black DrySport bodice. Slenderizing Red Mystique sides add heat to the fierce design.

 

Surreal Scribbles Tank LeotardWhimsical Sequinz Tank LeotardWhimsical Sequinz Tank Leotard transports you to a tropical ocean cove with a featured sublimation pattern and a Sterling Silver Mystique upper bodice that reminds us of a white sand beach. The beautiful Cirque du Soleil leo features a v-neck and a simulated sweetheart style. Somewhere on the opposite side of the world we can imagine a desert sandstorm in the Surreal Scribbles Tank Leotard. The mystique sublimation on this classic, high neck leo depicts waves of sand swirling through the air. Antique Gold Mystique and Gold Hologram Sequinz add to the effect and presents you with a sophisticated and artistic silhouette.

Now's your opportunity to stimulate your senses and give your routine an artistic edge. For only $49.99, these Cirque du Soloeil inspired leotards are a steal, and they won't last long. Offer is valid for stock on hand, only while supplies last.

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Summer and Camp Gymnastics Leotards Online Now

Summer is just around the corner, and we've created a brand new line of Summer and Camp Workout Essentials leotards to celebrate! It's all online NOW!

Our summer catalog brings you 10 brand new leotards, complete with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, Sequinz, exclusive prints, and new styles from the Gabrielle Douglas and Alexandra Raisman Collections, along with an expanded Camp Collection featuring fun new prints and solid styles perfect for embellishing.

Gabrielle Douglas celebrates the season with her new line of Summer leotards featuring wildly feminine Spot Cat and Curvaceous prints, along with brightly colored sequinz and boldly beautiful Coral Nylon/Spandex, Electric Turquoise Mystique, Yellow Mystique and Gypsy Nylon/Spandex.

Alexandra Raisman offers something for everyone this season, from sublimated graphics and bright Shocking Coral color combinations to deep Sangria Mystiques and moonlit sky Sequinz designs.

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GK Designed Collections introduce you to some new prints this season as well. If you like animal print, you may struggle to choose just one. Many of you have already chosen your favorites patterns on our Instagram Account, but for those of you who waited to be surprised, now's your moment to gleam. 

Summer Camp Wear offers everything you need for your full week of summer gymnastics camp. We've made it easy for you to coordinate your essentials this season by offering workout shorts, sports bras and even multiple leotard styles in matching colors! Choose your favorite shade from Cherry, Grape, Neon Yellow or Electric Turquoise, and grab your matching accessories. It's that easy. We've even added a grouping of Tie Dyed essentials, just to spice things up a bit.

GKids Collection for the little ones in your life brings you, once again, soft, breathable fabrics and adorable, kid-friendly prints.

Summer will be here before you know it, and there's so much more to see. Prepare now. Begin shopping at GK today.

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$5 Athletic Sports Bra With Any Purchase

For a limited time only, purchase any item from our website, and receive an Athletic Sports Bra E1720 for just $5! There's no limit to the number of sports bras that you can purchase, so get started right away and stock up while supplies last.

We love the Nylon/Spandex and breathable Black Techmesh combination of this Athletic Sports Bra E1720 because it's both supportive and cooling. In addition, the thinner straps make this look feminine and sleek. For just $5 it's a steal that you'll want to double up on.

Need a reason to shop? We can help! The Spring Essentials Collection was a huge success this year, but manufacturing of the collection is winding down, and so is our supply of Spring Leotards! If you haven't already purchased an Aly Raisman Leotard or a Gabrielle Douglas Leotard from the seasonal collection, here's the incentive you were looking for. $5 for a sports bra! That's a savings of almost $15!

Now that you know what you have to do, go have fun shopping while we gear up to prepare your shipment. Don't forget to enter this promo code at check out: G14RC3BRA.

GK. Choice of Champions.

Offer valid Friday, March 21, 2014 - Sunday, May 4, 2014 for US consumer & retail accounts only. May not be combined with any other offer or discount. Offer subject to stock on hand and valid only while supplies last. Offer valid only at www.gkelite.com.

 

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Twisters Gymnastics Prepares to Compete in GK Leotards

Twisters Gymnastics of the Twisters Sports Center in Mountain View, California prepares to compete in the GK sponsored The Spirit of the Flame Challenge in Santa Clara, CA this year in their GK 3/4 sleeve leotards. The Sports Center, their home gym, takes great pride in their gymnastics team, stating, "Gymnastics is considered by many as the foundation of all sports because it enhances a child’s strength, coordination, and flexibility. Studies have shown that it also improves social and cognitive skills that are so important to your child’s growth. Twisters makes it fun to grow and learn by providing positive and safe instruction taught by qualified coaches who are safety certified." Twisters switched to GK this year and they are thrilled with their new competitive leotards and warm-up apparel.

The Twisters ordered all of their gymnastics competition apparel online, using our Special Order Design Studio. This allowed them to visualize their color selections as they placed their order, and to see all of the available options in jewels, embroidery and fabrics. In doing so, they ordered an Abstract Lightning gymnastics Leotard 9575 in Black Mystique, Orangeade Sparkle, Seaglass Sparkle and Black Mesh. This colorful, asymmetrical v neck leotard from our Special Order Design Studio boasts shimmering fabrics, inspiring zig-zag design lines, and brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS that accent the leo design and absorb the transparency of the left mesh sleeve. The bold combination is striking!

They coordinated their warm-up suits with their competitive leotards by incorporating the Seaglass Sparkle into their Black DryTech Classic Gymnastics Warm-Up Jacket 8756 and Fitted Warm-Up Gymnastics Capris 8787. The jacket is a form-fitting style, featuring contrasting Seaglass Sparkle side panels and the Twister's name spelled out in beautiful Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. The matching, fitted capris feature a low-rise fold over waist band for added comfort. Another great options for cooler temperatures is the GK Low-Rise Gymnastics Warm-Up Pants 8731, as seen on your right. This gymnastics pant offers the same great features as the capri, but with more coverage.

Twisters will be competing later this month at The Spirit of The Flame Challenge, the weekend of Feb. 28, in Santa Clara, CA. This meet is sponsored by GK and each participant will receive a custom GK sublimation leotard as their gift. Stay posted for further information.

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