While you're at National Congress, come see GK's exhibit, Evolution of a Leotard, at the Excel Center from Wednesday, August 17 through Saturday, August 20. You'll learn all about the various steps it takes to bring a gymnastics leotard from the designer’s original concept to the finished gymnastics leotard you see in the GK catalog. Read more about these fun & interesting steps here.
PLUS, as a special bonus Nastia Liukin will be at the Evolution of a Leotard exhibit on Friday, August 19 from 3:00-4:00 pm and Saturday, August 20 from 5:30-6:00 pm to show you some of her newest line of GK gymnastics leotards and sign autographs for her fans.
Inspiration of a Leotard
An inspiration board of the many places a designer can get ideas for new designs and colors.
Sketches of a Leotard
Several sketches are made to bring the designers mental images to life.
Pattern Making of a Leotard
A sample of what the pattern used to cut out the leotard for sewing looks like.
Cutting the Fabric of a Leotard
Shows all the individual pieces in a leotard before it is sent to sewing.
The Finished Leotard
What the finished product looks like, including all the necessary tags and instructions.
Did you ever wonder how GK became the choice of champions all over the world? This month we will feature a series of articles tracking the evolution of GK gymnastics apparel and the company's involvement in the world of gymnastics.
1992 was a big year for GK Elite, which at the time was a small company trying to make its mark in the gymnastics world. At the Barcelona Olympic Games the little GK logo became familiar to gymnastics fans all over the world when it was worn by the U.S. Team. Gymnasts including Shannon Miller, Kim Zmeskal, Kerri Strug, Dominique Dawes, John Roethlisberger, and Chris Waller competed in GK gymnastics apparel.
In 1993, GK went global when it clinched its first international contract with none other than Ukraine, one of the top ranked countries in gymnastics. GK now outfitted World Champions and living legends such as Tatiana Gutsu, Rustam Sharipov, Gregory Missiutin, Igor Korobchinsky, and Lilia Podkopayeva.
The company did not settle with this success. They continued to pursue the world of gymnastics through gymnast endorsements. Shannon Miller, the most decorated female gymnast in the United States history, endorsed GK Elite and created the Shannon Miller Workout Line, which has now become the GK Workout Essentials Line. Two top international gymnasts from Belarus also endorsed GK at this time. Svetlana Boguinskaia became GK's first female international endorsee and Vitaly Scherbo the first male endorsee.
See why GK is the choice of champions. Check out our new 2014-2014 gymnastics wear at www.gkelite.com.
Congratulations to Sarah Ellingboe for winning the GK Color Your Leo contest! A custom replica of Sarah's competitive gymnastics leotard design will be on display at the 2011 National Congress in St Paul, Minnesota later this month!
As the Grand Prize Winner, Sarah will also receive 4 All-session VIP tickets and 4 Hospitality passes for the 2011 Visa Championships, an invitation to model the leotard at the GK Elite Fashion Show in Saint Paul and a spot in the 2011 Visa Championships program guide which features her leotard!
Congratulations and great job Sarah!