Everyday Champion Shelby F. told GK, "I am beautiful!"

Shelby F. of Garlands Gymnastics in Kennewisk, Washington told GK  that this gymnastic leotard makes her feel great and gives her more self confidence because when she looks good, she shines when she performs.  Plus, Shelby continues,  "GK leos never wear out!"

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47 of 50 Gymnasts at Visa Championship Chose GK

The 2011 Visa Championship in Saint Paul, Minnesota was a great competition where the nation's most talented gymnasts competed for the top spot in the country.  It was also proof that GK is the Choice of Champions because 47 out of 50 gymnasts who competed wore GK.  Jordyn Wieber, All-Around National Champion in the senior division, wore two amazing GK competitive leotards - one in gold and white and the other in a stunning purple mystique.

Jordyn WeiberJordyn Wieber Visa Championships Finals

2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Shawn Johnson from Chow's Gymnastics made a magnificent comeback proving she's still got it.  Her competitive gymnastic leotard from finals was one of our favorite GK Custom Designs.  Shawn finished 4th on beam and 6th on bars.

Shawn Johnson Visa Championships
Aly Raisman from Brestyans gym finished 11th bars, 6th beam, 3rd floor, and 3rd all around in her GK competition leotard.

Alexandra Raisman Visa Championships

Mckayla Maroney from All Olympia gym finished 2nd all around and Gabrielle Douglas from Chows placed 7th.

Makayla Maroney Visa ChampioinshipsGabrielle Douglas

The Caquatto sisters from Legacy Elite also had a great night with Mackenzie finishing 4th all around, 2nd on bars, and 10th on floor while Bridgette placed 6th all around, 9th on bars, and 7th on floor.

Caquatto SistersCaquatto Sisters

2008 Olympian Chellsie Memmel from M&M gym finished 8th in the All-Around Competition, with a fantastic 2nd place finish on beam and 6th place finish on floor exercise.

Chellsie Memmel

Sabrina Vega from Dynamic gym placed 5th All-Around and secured 5th on beam and 4th on floor.

Sabrina Vega

Other gymnasts sporting GK were Sophia Lee and Rebecca Bross from WOGA , and Jessie Deziel from Twin City Twisters.

LeeRebecca BrossDeziel
 
GK. Choice of Champions.
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Elite Sportswear Manufactures adidas Leotards for Team USA at 2004 Olympic Games

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.

Paul Hamm competes at the 2004 Olympic Games in AthensElite Sportswear was recruited to manufacture adidas gymnastics apparel for the USA Gymnastics Team for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.  USA gymnasts earned the All Around Medals for both the women and the men and both teams won silver medals!  GK also outfitted Australia, Uzbekistan, and Belarus Trampoline. 

The year 2006 marked GK Elite Sportswear's 25th Anniversary.  For the entire year, the anniversary was celebrated with GK Days, themed months, and employee drawings to win gifts.  The most exciting celebration was an Open House that was held with Carly Patterson and Paul Hamm, who are both 2004 Individual All Around Olympic Gold Medalists.  Two new lines were also released, including a Team Coordinate Line and a Streetwear Line.

Check out all of GK's new 2011-2012 gymnastics apparel by visiting www.gkelite.com!

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2011 Back to School Value Tanks Collection

The Value Tank Gymnastic Leotards for Girls featured in GK's 2011 Back to School catalog offers a great variety of different patterns and styles.  Choose from foiled or hologram nylon/spandex leotards with scoop back designs.  This leotard collection is sure to fit any budget with its value pricing.  All letoards are under $30!

E1752

Gymnastics leotard style E1752 is a classic scoop back hologram tank leotard with flower design in cruising hologram.
E1754

This classic foiled tank leotard style E1754 comes in blue lizard nylon/spandex with foil and features a scoop back.   
E1753
Gymnastic leotard style E1753 is a classic foiled leo that comes in Black/Gold nastalgia nylon/spandex with scoop back.
E1756

Classic foiled tank leotard style E1756 come in a green chameleon creature nylon/spandex with foil and scoop back.  
E1755

This zebreeze nylon/spandex with foil classic tank leotard style E1755 features scoop back and foiled red/black design.

E1757

Blue cracked ice leotard style E1757  is a classic foiled tank leo in cracked ice nylon/spandex with scoop back.
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The GK Gymnastic Leotard Miracle of the New Millennium!

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.

Kristen Maloney competes in an adidas leotard manufactured by Elite Sportswear in SydneyElite Sportswear's strength and ability were tested three months before the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, when they were asked by the USA Gymnastic Federation to manufacture adidas apparel for Team USA.  Elite's superior leotard fit made them desirable to the top gymnasts.  Completing Team USA's Olympic Game leotards in just three months was a feat that most could not successfully complete.  GK Elite Sportswear finished each and every leotard in time for the Sydney Olympics!

In 2001, GK leotard designs continued to improve with the institution of the laser jewel option.  The same year, Elite sold their first novelty items in their new Holiday Catalog!


After three years of updates and improvements, Elite created their first website, a high tech site in seven languages!  The Design Studio revolutionized the industry in 2004 when GK Elite became the first gymnastics apparel company to provide an interactive design program.  Customers could now create, price, and order all on their own!

Try out GK's new and improved interactive Design Studio to customize your favorite Special Order leotards today!
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GK Gymnastic Leotards Go International at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta

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.

Lilia Podkopayeva wears GK at the 1996 Olympic GamesAt the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia, the GK logo was worn by none other than Lilia Podkopayeva of Ukraine, the Women's All Around Gold Medalist, along with the rest of the Ukrainian gymnasts.  Also wearing GK were the gymnasts of Morocco, Uzbekistan, and Latvia.  Although the gold medal U.S. women's team did not wear GK for the Olympic Games, all but one showed up in GK leotards for their People Magazine's "Most Amazing People in 1996" photo shoot after they were asked to wear their favorite leotards!

In 1997, GK Elite Sportswear's emergence into the gymnastics world prompted them to relocate from their tiny 25,000 square foot facility to a much larger 92,800 square foot facility on 13th Street in Reading, Pennsylvania.

GK's international relations continued to improve in 1999 when the company clinched a contract with the German National Gymnastic Federation to become the official sponsor of the German National Team.  This same year, Wolfgang Bohner of Germany became GK Elite's first international distributor.  Today, GK has 28 international distributors covering 52 countries!


Check out all of the new gymnastics apparel GK Elite has to offer by visiting www.gkelite.com!

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GK's Evolution of Leotard at National Congress

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.

Inspiration of a Gymnastics Leotard

Sketches of a Leotard
Several sketches are made to bring the designers mental images to life.

Sketches of a Gymnastics Leotard

Pattern Making of a Leotard
A sample of what the pattern used to cut out the leotard for sewing  looks like.

Gymnastic Leotard Pattern

Cutting the Fabric of a Leotard
Shows all the individual pieces in a leotard before it is sent to sewing.

Cutting the Fabric of a Gymnastic Leotard

The Finished Leotard
What the finished product looks like, including all the necessary tags and instructions.

Nastia Liukin Leotard

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GK Gymnastic Leotards Debut at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics

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.

Shannon Miller competes in GK at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games1992 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.
 

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GK Elite Gymnastics Leotards Evolve Through the 1980's

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.

GK Elite's Original Location in Reading, PAGK Elite's story began in a small 25,000 square foot facility with just 35 employees.  In the early 80's, the tiny company decided to change their focus to a new area: gymnastics.  Boasting only one type of fabric in just eight basic sport colors, GK dove into the manufacturing of gymnastics leotards in 1981.  In fact, GK was the first company to put piping in their leotard designs.  Today, GK offers over 130 fabric-color combinations and over 100 piping options!


GK proved it could hold its own when Elite Sportswear became the official supplier of leotards for the U.S. National Gymnastics Team in 1989.  Through this deal, the small leotard company located in Reading, Pennsylvania became one of the most recognized insignias in the gymnastics world!

Check out how far GK has come and browse all of our newest leotards by visiting www.gkelite.com.  And don't worry, there is a much more extensive selection of fun and innovative fabrics and colors than there was back in 1981!
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The 2011 Back to School Mystique Collection

The 2011 Back to School catalog features a collection of bright mystique tank leotards perfect for the back to school season.  The collection offers 3 unique gymnastic leotards in either berry, orangeade, or lime mystique.  These leo's feature clear SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS accents along the neck line and a strappy back design.

E1734

Gymnastics Leotard style E1734 is a scoop back leotard with strappy back in berry mystique and blue jean denim trim.  This tank leotard has clear jeweled accents along the scoop neckline, Jeweled GK logo and a matching berry mystique scrunchie!

E1735

V-neck leotard style E1735 is a strappy back gymnastic leotard in orangeade mystique and blue denim trim. Clear jeweled accents border the neck line as well as the GK logo and a matching orangeade mystique scrunchie is included.

E1736

Tank leotard style E1736 is a strappy back leo in lime mystique and blue jean denim trim. 
Trimmed with neck line clear jeweled accents and GK jeweled icon will have you standing out this school year.  Matching lime mystique scrunchie included!         
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2011 Back to School Denim Leotard Collection

Grab your denim for the new school year with the new denim gymnastics apparel collection.  Choose from a capri, sports bra, workout short, or even a doll leotard.  All in a super soft blue jean stretch denim, it's the perfect denim for gymnasts.  This gymnastics apparel collection features great jeweled design and great value pricing.

E1739

Classic capri tights style E1739 is in our new super soft blue jean denim with clear jeweled accents and a clear crystal GK.   

E1737

Classic gymnastic wear sports bra style E1737 in our new super soft blue jean denim and also includes clear crystal GK with a t-back strap.
 
E1738

The micro mini workout gymnastics short style E1738 are in the super soft blue jean stretch denim and it includes clear jeweled accents and a clear crystal GK. 

N431   

Get your doll the perfect leotard with the tank leotard style N431 in blue jean denim.
  
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GK Uses the World's Finest Swarovski Elements on Gymnastics Leotards

GK pioneered the use of Swarovski Elements in the gymnastics industry fifteen years ago and continues to make our leotards shine using the industry's ultimate crystals.  We use only the world's finest Austrian-made Swarovski Elements, not cheap glass or acrylic imitations.  It is appropriate that GK uses Swarovski Elements exclusively on all of our gymnastics garments because Swarovski Elements are the best in the industry.  Consumers beware!  Under bright lights, all varieties of crystals may look similar, but under competition lighting, real crystals will "light up" while imitations will falter. 

"Swarovski Elements is the premium brand for the finest crystal elements manufactured by Swarovski." 
Swarovski Elements crystals shine on Nastia Liukin's Competition Leotard

Be confident that your gymnasts will sparkle on the floor by checking out our variety of gymnastics leotards which can all be embellished with Swarovski Elements!
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Winner of GK's Color Your Leo Contest is Announced

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!

Leotard Design WinnerAs 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!

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2011 Back to School Hologram Leotard Collection

The hologram collection that is featured in the 2011 Back to School catalog offers bright gymnastic leotards with velvet trim and jeweled accents.  Choose from three great colors and designs from turquoise, ocean, or berry.  Each leotard comes with a matching scrunchie!  

E1727

Iceberg leotard style E1727 comes in a classic tank ocean velvet with blue iceberg hologram.  It features clear jeweled accents around the neck line and comes with matching scrunchie.

E1729

Square neck gymnastic leotard style E1729 features a mid-back opening and T-back strap.  This leotard comes in a turquoise iceberg hologram and aqua velvet with clear jeweled accents along the strap line.

E1728

Gymnastic sweetheart leotard style E1728 offers a mid-back opening and clear jeweled accents in pink iceberg hologram and berry velvet.

Shop all of GK's 2011 Back to School Gymnastics Leotards here!


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What's New in GK Men's Competitive Wear?

GK Elite is the world's leading brand of gymnastics competitive wear and warm-ups and is recognized around the world for variety, quality, fit, and service above the rest of its competitors.

Men's Competition Shirt 1963
Fortunately for you, GK has released their newest and most innovative Special Order and IN STOCK competitive gymnastics wear and warm-ups in their 2011-2012 Men's Competitive catalog. 

You will LOVE our new simplified pricing.  It has never been so easy to price your Men's gymnastics apparel.  GK now has one price per garment, per style regardless of quantity, size or fabric selection.  No more charts and no more calculations!  We've priced each piece of gymnastics apparel at one low price.

Check out the newest gymnastics competitive apparel and all of the great changes in our 2011-2012 Men's Competitive Wear & Warm-Ups catalog online today!  Don't miss our new In-Stock Men's Compression Shirt with Tonal Black Tech Mesh & Back DryTech Styling.  This cool shirt is a great addition to our other Men's Compression shirts that are now available in sizes up to Adult 3XL.

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What's New in GK Women's Competitive Leotards?

GK Elite is the world's leading brand of gymnastics leotards and apparel and is recognized around the world for variety, quality, fit, and service above the rest of its competitors.

Nasita Liukin LeotardFortunately for you, GK has released their newest and most innovative Special Order and IN STOCK competitive gymnastics leotards and apparel  in their 2011-2012 Women's Competitive Wear and Warm-Ups catalog. 

Our fabric selection has been revamped just for you!  We now have 20 new fabrics including iced velvet, berry nylon/spandex, sangria and dark olive mystique, just to name a few.  Mix and match your favorite fabrics to create gymnastics apparel that is perfect for your team!

You will LOVE our new, simplified pricing.  It's never been so easy to price your Special Order gymnastics apparel.  Gk now offers one price per garment, per style - regardless of quantity, size, or fabric selection.  No more charts and no more calculations!   Each style is available at one low price.

Fit has been improved on GK Gymnastics Stretch Woven, Elite Fitted, and Unisex Warm Up styles so that you can be even more comfortable!

As an alternative to scrunchies, GK Special Order Headband style GK09 is now available in nylon/spandex, hologram/nylon spandex with foil and velvet!  Customize yours by adding jewels!
Check out the newest gymnastics leotards and apparel and all the great Option changes in our 2011-2012 Women's Competitive Wear and Warm-Ups catalog today!


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The 2011 Back to School Houndstooth Collection

The Houndstooth Collection which is featured in the 2011 Back to School Catalog features bold and fun gymnastics leotards and a mini workout short in Black and Red Nylon/Spandex and Red Houndstooth Nylon/Spandex with foil.  All of the workout leotards in this collection come with matching scrunchies, too!
GK Red Houndstooth & Black Tank Leo
The GK Red Houndstooth & Black Tank Leotard Style E1731 is a classic gymnastics tank leotard with a creative mid back opening and clear jeweled accents.  This leotard comes with a matching Red Houndstooth scrunchie and is available in child and adult sizes.
GK Children's Red Tank Leotard
The Children's Red Tank Leotard Style E1733 is a children's V neck gymnastic leotard embellished with an adorable puppy dog applique.  Your little gymnast is sure to love the fun applique and matching Red Houndstooth scrunchie!
GK V-neck Jeweled Tank Leotard
The V-neck Jeweled Tank Leotard Style E1730 is Black Nylon/Spandex with a dash of Red Houndstooth Nylon/Spandex with foil.  This gymnastics leotard features sparkling clear jeweled accents and comes with a matching Red Houndstooth hair scrunchie.
GK Red Houndstooth Workout Short
This collection also features Red Houndstooth Workout Short Style E1732 which goes great with any of the matching Houndstooth leotards!


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GK Gymnastics Apparel at the 2011 Covergirl Classic

The 2011 Covergirl Classic brought great talent from gymnasts.  Competing in four events, vault, bars, beam, and floor, this is the first major national competition in the women's elite gymnastics season. There were many wearing GK competitive gymnastic leotards, one of them being Shawn Johnson.

Shawn Johnson 2011 Covergirl

Returning after 3 years it was a time for Shawn to get back on the beam and get her gears moving again.  She was sporting a GK long sleeve custom competitive leotard, shown above, as well as a turquoise camp leotard during warm-up.  Placing 20th in the all around rank, is not like her from 3 years ago, but this was her first competition to get her warmed up for her Visa Championships in August.  Looking at her performances from the other events she placed 11th on the bars, 16th on the beam, and 16th on the floor.

There were many gymnasts wearing GK gymnastic apparel including the Senior All-Around Champion Aly Raisman wearing her GK classy sweetheart competitive leotard.  Aly also placed 1st on floor, 18th bars, and 3rd beam.  Jordyn Wieber placed 1st in the bars, beam, and 16th floor wearing a petal design competitive leotard, shown below.  Chellsie Memmel also did great scoring an all around 2nd and 6th on bars, 5th on beam, and 4th floor.  Senior Gymnast Sabrina Vega also wore a GK elegant sweetheart swirl leo and ranked 3rd all around, 2nd on floor, 7th beam, and 12th bars.  All of these gymnasts were wearing GK gymnastic apparel and represent how GK is the choice of champions.

Wieber

GK Competitive Leotards were also seen on many Juniors.  All Around Junior Champion Kyla Ross wore her dramatic tribal gym leotard and also brought home 2nd on vault, 3rd floor, and 4th beams and won the junior division.  Lexie Priessman is another junior we spotted in a stunning GK flame competitive leotard.  She placed 2nd all around, 1st on vault, 3rd beam, and 2nd floor.  Katelyn Ohashi who placed 3rd all around also placed 5th on vault, 1st bars, 2nd beam, and 9th floor while wearing a dramatic asymmetrical competitive leotard.  All of these girls wore GK competitive leotards and did a great job representing themselves and GK.    







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GK Elite Shawn Johnson Photo Shoot

You've come to the right place for a sneak peak at Shawn Johnson's signature collection of gymnastics workout leotards!  Recently, Shawn had a photo shoot with GK to photograph pictures for the new 2011-2012 Fall/Winter catalog which has yet to be released.  Her GK signature gymnastics leotards will add some fun to the fall and winter months with their bright and exhilarating colors and fabrics!  Here are some exclusive pictures from the photo shoot!
Shawn Johnson chooses her favorite GK fabricsShawn Johnson GK Signiture Gymnastics Leotard Collection
Shawn Johnson gets her make up done at the GK photoshoot.Shawn Johnson gets her make up done at the GK photoshoot
If the anticipation for Shawn's new signature line of gymnastics tank leotards is too much for you, check out www.gkelite.com to browse all our gymnastics leotards and apparel!

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What's New with GK In-Stock?

GK Elite is the world's leading brand of gymnastics leotards and apparel and is recognized around the world for variety, quality, fit, and service.  You won't only stand out in GK's Special Order leotards, but you will also make your mark in GK's IN STOCK leotards.  It would be easy to mistake the garments in GK's new IN STOCK catalog for Special Order leotards.  With this said, GK now has even more variety and selection in their new 2011-2012 IN STOCK Apparel for Teams & Pro Shops catalog.

2011-2012 In Stock Catalog

To make your leotards even more fun and exciting, we have added 6 new Sparkle fabrics to our IN STOCK selection.  There is a new Stock basic leotard style 3674 that is a nylon/spandex v-neck leo and is available in four bold colors: berry, turquoise, sangria, and purple.  New leotard styles have been added to our Long Sleeve Stock collection to reflect our most popular competitive styles at a great price!  There are new Coordinating Stock Warm-ups in which the same style/color is available in both Elite Fitted and Unisex fits.  We've improved our Capri and Tights by adding a low rise waistband.  New GK Grip bags and a new gymnastics slipper have been added to the gymnastics accessories.  

Additions have also been made to the adidas gymnastics selection.  There are now two new Long Sleeve Stock Leotards and two more Stock Elite Fitted Warm-up sets from adidas!  To go along with the Stock pants, adidas has designed matching Unisex Jackets. 

Check out all our newest IN STOCK gymnastics leotards, apparel, and accessories from GK and adidas online today!

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