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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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.

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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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Everyday Champion, Amanda, Competes in a Berry Mystique Tank Leotard

Meet everyday champion, Amanda! Amanda is a 9 year old, XCEL Silver level gymnast from Rincon, GA who aspires to compete at the collegiate level and at the Olympics someday. This is Amanda's first year competing, and she loves learning and growing with her teammates from D.E.E.N.O.S. Below, Amanda is shown warming up for her event by practicing her back handspring.

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This year Amanda and the other XCEL Silver gymnasts from D.E.E.N.O.S. competed together in a Sleek Berry V Neck Workout Leotard E2421 from our 2014 Spring Collection to honor the Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation. The beautiful Berry Mystique in this sparkling, youthful leo looks stunning on the girls, and they couldn't be happier with their selection. You'll find this bright, spring color featured on many other great styles in our Spring leotard collection as well. Shop today while supplies last.

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Olympic and World Champion, Olga Korbut, Looks Great in GK

GK Recently found this great photo of Olga Korbut in a GK warm-up and we wanted to give her a proper shout out by paying tribute to her successful gymnastics career.

The year was 1969 when Korbut entered her first adult Soviet national championship and introduced back somersaults on both the beam (Korbut Salto) and the bars (Korbut Flip) to gymnastics. Although the judges disagreed with the changes she was making to the sport, the crowd instantly fell in love with her. Her bold dazzling moves, some that have never been replicated, took Korbut to the 1972 Munich Olympics where she earned 3 Gold Medals and the Montreal Olympics in '76 where she brought home her fourth Gold medal and stole the hearts of fans throughout the world. Korbut was an instant star!  Her smile was sweet and contagious; she was bright, daring, and easy to love. Perhaps that's why she acquired so many positives titles. After the '72 Olympics, ABC named her "Athlete of the year"; the United Nations named her "Woman of the Year" in 1975 for her ability to bring the world together; and in 1994 Sports Illustrated listed her as one of the top athletes in the last 40 years.

As you can imagine, there's so much more to tell about this amazing woman, but the point is, she's helped to shape our sport, and for that, we love her.

If you want to warm up and cool down in the brand that champions like Olga Korbut wear proudly, visit our selection of warm-ups online.

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Electric Lace Leotards For the Ultra Feminine Athlete

Gymnastics training is a lot of blood, sweat and tears. Soften your tone with our newest collection of tank leotards, Electric Lace. Electric Lace offers mature, feminine styles to satisfy the girl beneath all the muscle.

Beautiful GK exclusive lace print adorns our Shocking Lace Scoopback Tank Leotard E2435 and Electric Lace V Neck Workout Leotard E2433 featured below. The first one features Imperial Purple Mystique contrasting design lines on our Shocking Lace Nylon/Spandex foiled print, and the Electric Lace Nylon Spandex leotard features Sangria Mystique solid side panels and v neck binding. Shocking Lace Side Swept Leotard E2436 adds a bit of drama to the elegant lace print with a magestic Imperial Purple Mystique bodice and just a hint of the Shocking Lace as a contrasting shoulder style line. 

 Shocking Lace Scoopback Tank Leo E2435 from GK EliteElectric Lace V Neck Workout Leotard E2433 from GK EliteShocking Lace Side Swept Leotard E2436

Exquisitely displayed on Electric Lace Swirl Scoopback Tank Leo E2432, you'll see the same Electric Lace Nylon/Spandex as shown above, only on a classic scoop back tank leotard over a striking shade of Sangria Mystique. Paired with the Lemon Lime Mystique and Hologram Sequinz swirl design, this style will be difficult to put away when you're not wearing it. Equally stunning, the Shimmering Sequinz Workout Leo E2434 in Imperial Purple Mystique is an artistic leotard with an asymmetrical Lemon Lime Mystique strap and a stunning Silver and Lemon Lime Sequinz design on the bodice. 

Electric Lace Swirl Scoopback Tank Leo E2432 from GK EliteShimmering Sequinz Workout Leo E2434 from GK Elite

Now you can have the best of both worlds, strength and femininity, with the GK Electric Lace Collection. Which of these exquisite leotards represent your inner beauty? If you can't find it here, there's so many more  great styles of tank leotards to choose from in our Spring gymnastics leotard collection.

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Race to the Gym With Animal Instincts

What's more fun than animal print that's bursting with color? We're not sure. That why GK is so excited to offer Animal Instincts tank leotards this Spring! This collection offers something for everyone.

Modern Scoopback Tank Workout Leo E2442 from GK EliteFor our vibrant, feminine gymnasts, the Asymmetrical Coral Animal Fusion Leo E2444 offers an asymmetrical, Coral Animal Fusion Nylon/Spandex print with Steel Mystique wrap around ribbon detailing. The same feminine pattern is also available in our Coral Animal Fusion Workout Leotard E2443. This bold scoop back tank leotard in Steel Mystique draws interest with a Coral Animal Fusion wrap Coral Animal Fustion Workout Leotard E2443 from GK Elitearound bodice style, divided by the same Shocking Coral featured in our Modern Scoopback Tank Workout Leo E2442. We love this sporty variation of the Animal Instincts color scheme! Its simple Black Nylon/Spandex scoop back style is modernized with Shocking Coral Nylon/Spandex and  Steel Mystique design lines, a great choice for Asymmetrical Coral Animal Fusion Leo E2444 from GK Elitesomeone who loves the Coral color scheme, without all the print.

For an extra bold flare, we added Asymmetrical Lime Animal Tank Leotard E2446 and Lime Animal Fusion Scoop Neck Leo E2445 to our Animal Instincts Collection. Both leos feature our Lime Animal Fusion Nylon/Spandex foil prints. The asymmetrical leo offers a stylish Lime wrap around design line across the bodice on a Black Nylon/Spandex base, while the latter features an athletic scoop neck racer back and full-body Lime Animal Fusion Nylon/Spandex Asymmetrical Lime Animal Tank Leotard E2446 from GK Elitefoiled print. The Neon Green TechMesh insert adds a bit of moisture wicking technology to keep you cool and dry.

Lime Animal Fusion Scoop Neck Leo E2445 from GK EliteAll of the leos in the collection ship with a matching scrunchie. If you like what you see here, you'll adore our other collections of Spring Leotards. Check them out on our website.

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More of our Favorite Gymnastics Leotards From The WOGA Classic

Wow! There were so many fabulous designs at the WOGA Classic this year that we just can't stop showing them off! Ribbon designs seem to be very popular, and the talented teams that they represent have come up with some amazing ways to make the designs their own. Below, you'll find Northwest Kids gymnasts and Metroplex gymnasts, both from Texas, posing at the event in their creative versions of our special order long sleeve leotards.

Northwest Kids gymnasts are wearing a custom, asymmetrical competitive leotard composed of diagonal fabric variations in our textured Black Slither Hologram, our shiny Red Mystique, and Black Mesh adorned in sparkling Ruby and Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. But that's not all! This fashion forward ensemble also consists of several creative design elements that give the girls a radiant edge on their competition. The SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS that adorn the right mesh sleeve carry over to the body where they also enhance the already shimmering mystique, and to the Black Slither. In addition, Black SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS line the Red Mystique on both the body and the left arm where the combined elements create a ribbon effect that wraps around a sleeve of Nude Mesh, creating an artistic illusion. Together with the beautiful Columbia Blue Sparkle applique design, these elements create a masterpiece long sleeve gymnastics leotard.

Metroplex gymnasts, shown below, also look great in their competitive long sleeve leotards that they special ordered from our Wrapping Ribbon Gymnastics Leotard 9566. This boat neck leo features our Black Sparkle fabric and contrasting Lavender Ice Mystique sleeves. The ribbon pattern that gives this beautiful competitive leotard so much definition is a complex variation of lines in Silver Mystique, Lavender Ice Mystique, Imperial Purple Mystique and Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. The back of this leotard is what really characterizes the Metroplex style, though! It features an Imperial Purple scoop back neckline and an oversized, Lavender Ice Mystique M, outlined in Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. It's absolutely gorgeous!

Try your hand at creating beautiful gymnastics apparel to reveal at your next competition. All you have to do is view and select one of our Long Sleeve Leotards, and specify your color combinations. Your athletes will look and feel fabulous, and you'll be glowing with pride.

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Odessa Xtreme Sports Under Armour competitive Leotard

Odessa Xtreme proudly competed at the WOGA Classic this year in her Under Armour gymnastics leotard. The high school senior, level 9 gymnast, shown below, is moving to the top, competing in Vault, Bars, Beam, Floor and AA events. She loves her Under Armour competitive leotard because it flatters her athletic shape and offers a comfortable, perfect fit to enhance her skills.

Her scoop back Under Armour Inspiration 6901 leotard shimmers from top to bottom with Black, White and Red Mystiques that twist and tumble throughout her torso and bodice. Ferocious style lines are enhanced with Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS to soften the look and sparkle between the whirling pattern throughout Odessa Xtreme's competitive leotard.

Odessa gymnasts looks like a champions in their Under Armour Inspiration, and you can too. Browse our collection of Under Armour competition leotards, made by the leading gymnastics leotard manufacturer in the Industry, GK, and choose your color and fabric combinations to make it your own. Champion gymnasts are made in the gym, but their apparel should be made by Under Armour.

 

 

 

 

 

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GK Sales Representative Supports Aim High Academy

Here's a shout-out to our Sales Representative, June Blackman, and the organization that she recently assisted, Aim High Academy, for their efforts to give underprivileged children an opportunity to experience the sport of gymnastics. Founder and Executive Director of Aim High Gymnastics, Jennifer Patterson, sent GK this wonderful note about June, saying,

"I was writing to inform you of a marvelous gesture June Blackman performed for Aim High Academy. We are a non-profit gymnastics program for underprivileged children. We serve over 250 children. We hosted our first gymnastics meet on Jan. 18th in Tulsa, OK. We called it the Dream Meet and ran it in conjunction with MLK Jr. Weekend. It was a great success! We ran a wonderful meet and raised quite a bit of money for Aim High.

One way we raised money was through a raffle. June donated a beautiful leotard out of the Brilliance Collection to the cause. We were able to sell about 700 raffle tickets throughout the day."

The GK Ultimate Brilliance leotard pictured above is our Independent SWAROVSKI Leotard 1001. This Silver Mystique, long sleeve leo is a perfect addition to the Dream Meet. Featuring 3,300 SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS in various colors, including Sapphire Blue, Ruby, Navy and Clear, this $480 leo represents the stars of our gymnastics industry, and the bright futures of our gymnastics athletes. Visit our entire collection of Ultimate Brilliance leotards for more dazzling styles adorned with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.

Tell us what you're doing to help your community because a better place to live and to tumble. Comment below. Your ideas could be the inspiration someone else needs to serve their community.

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GK is Proud to Sponsor the 4th Annual Kalon Ludvigson Invitational

GK is proud to sponsor the 4th Annual Kalon Ludvigson Invitational in Salt Lake City, UT this weekend, in support of Kalon Ludvigson, one of our GK Gymnastics catalog models, and the most decorated Trampoline and Tumbling athlete in the world. The meet will incorporate all levels of competition in Trampoline, Tumbling and Double Mini Trampoline.

Kalon began his gymnastics career at the age of 8, and in just 10 years time, earned his first US National Championship title in Trampoline and Tumbling in 2006. He defended this title for the next seven years, while also earning 20 World Cup and World Championship medals and setting 2 world records. Then, in August 2013 after winning his final US National Championship, a neck injury during training left him paralyzed below his chest. Since his accident, Kalon's treatments and strength-training has kept him out of the public eye... until now. 

This year's Kalon Ludvigson Invitational is going to be absolutely amazing! It will be Kalon's first public appearance since his accident, and his friends, fans and teammates are rallying to support him at this special gymnastics meet. Because of Kalon's superior standing in the gymnastics industry, we're going to see a lot of 2012 World Champion Team members and finalists, as well as World Age Group Champions and former Olympians, many of them competing at the meet. All of these gymnasts are eager to support Kalon, who by the way, was just nominated as the T&T Representative for the USA Gymnastics Athletes Council.

As part of a fundraiser for Kalon's medical costs, fans purchased Keep Calm and Pray for Kalon t-shirts, that they will wear during the final events on Saturday. This supportive gesture should be an amazing and emotional gift of inspiration for Kalon! If you'd like to help offset the costs of Kalon's medical bills, contributions are being collected through The Kalon Ludvigson Fund.

So what part does GK play in this event? All of the organizing staff at the Kalon Ludvigson Invitational will wear a black and white warm-up jacket and warm-up pant from GK. The female staff will look polished and comfortable in a GK Women's Woven Warm-Up Jacket with Piping L1043 and a Women's Woven Black Pant L1046. The Male staff will wear Men's Woven Warm-Up Jacket with Piping L1042 and Men's Gymnastics Warm-Up Pants L1045. Both men's and women's warm-up jackets are White Polyester with Black style lines under the arms and on the shoulders and our classic GK logo on both the back and the right chest. The Kalon Ludvigson Invitational logo is embroidered on the left. Paired with the relaxed fit pant, this gymnastics warm-up combo will look terrific on the men and women helping out at this trampoline and tumbling event on Saturday.

We look forward to seeing everyone at our GK booth on Saturday to support a fellow champion, Kalon Ludvigson, who has given all of us so much to aspire to already.

GK. Choice of Champions.

 

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