GK Elite Displays GK Couture Collection at Congress: Freedom

GK Elite Sportswear, L.P., along with the support of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, proudly introduces their unique and intricate GK 2012-2013 Couture Collection leotards.  All four leotards in this collection will be on display at USA Gymnastics National Congress in San Jose on June 29-July 1, 2012.

Freedom, the fourth stunning leotard in GK’s line of Couture Leotards, is adorned with approximately 13,500 jewels all generously donated by Swarovski, the premium brand for the finest crystal elements in the world.  Designer Jeanne Douglass chose from an array of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS to create this beautiful and powerful leotard.  This unique long sleeve leotard is studded with Swarovski Classic Crystals, Nailheads, Chessboard Circle, Chessboard Square, Graphic Flat Back, Oval, Pearl, Square, and Eclipse in colors such as Crystal Moonlight, Brushed Silver Metallic, Sapphire, Montana, and many more atop a White Mystique fabric.

Jeanne says that her inspiration for this patriotic leotard comes from her personal Olympic image of athletes victoriously wrapping themselves in the American flag.  She strived to bring the American flag to life by making it figuratively become the gymnast’s uniform.  To incorporate this idea into her design, Jeanne imitated ribbons wrapping around the gymnast’s body through different shades of red crystals.  The detail and beauty  of the sport of gymnastics is represented in the intricacy of the white areas while its power is signified by the blue areas.

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GK Elite Displays GK Couture Collection at Congress: Courage

GK Elite Sportswear, L.P., along with the support of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, proudly introduces their unique and intricate GK Couture Collection leotards.  All four leotards in this collection will be on display at USA Gymnastics National Congress in San Jose on June 29-July 1, 2012.  Courage, the first in this line, was designed for the Pink Invitational outreach gymnastics meet which was held on February 24-26, 2012.  The proceeds from the raffle of this courage-inspired leotard benefited Unite for HER, a non-profit organization dedicated to breast cancer awareness.

This incredibly rare and ornate long sleeve competitive gymnastics leotard holds a retail value of $5,000 and is part of GK’s 2012-2013 Couture Collection.  Over 10,000 handset Classic and Diamond Leaf SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS adorn a premium backdrop of Black and Petal Pink Mystique fabrics to evoke both strength and beauty from the leotard.  Swarovski, the premium brand for the finest crystal elements in the world, donated all SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, allowing leotard designer Julia Kline to choose from an array of hues to illuminate the leotard including Crystal Moonlight, Rose, Indian Pink, Fuchsia, Ruby, and more.  Julia said, “The flame design engulfing the iconic pink ribbon on the back of the leotard portrays the courageous 'fight' each woman faces when she braves her personal battle with breast cancer.  The rest of the design is symbolic of the strength and beauty that can arise from something so tragic."

Raffle tickets for this courage-inspired leotard were sold at the Pink Invitational and online and raised over $4,300 for Unite for HER.  The lucky recipient of this one-of-a-kind leotard was Bryn Kanagy a Level 4 gymnast from Centre Elite Gymnastics in State College, PA. 

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Junior Men’s Gymnast Alex Magsam Chooses GK!

Alex Magsam, a Junior gymnastics competitor from North Valley Gymnastics in Phoenix, Arizona, recently chose to compete in GK for the 2012 Men’s Visa Championships that were held in St. Louis, Missouri on June 7-10.  This was Alex’s second year competing at the Visa Championships and he is one to watch in the coming years in the Senior Division. 

Alex is coached by Travis Rainer at North Valley Gymnastics, a premier gymnastics, cheer, and tumbling facility.  His involvement in gymnastics began in 2003 and was influenced by his mother’s career as a coach.  The parallel bars is Alex’s favorite event and to him the best part of gymnastics is learning new skills.

In this photo taken at the 2012 Men’s VISA championships Alex is competing in GK Elite Men’s Gymnastics Competition Shirt style 1957 in black, red, and white nylon spandex and and Men’s IN STOCK Competition Pants style 1846m in red nylon/spandex.

Follow Alex’s lead and visit www.gkelite.com to purchase all your Men’s Competitive Gymnastics gear!


 

 

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GK Runway at 2012 Visa Championships

With the overwhelming majority of athletes wearing GK gymnastic leotards at the 2012 Visa Championships, it was as if the GK Competitive Catalog came to life.  On display and in action were a dizzying array of gymnastics leotard styles, necklines, fabrics, colors, and sparkle illustrating the Infinite Possibilities that GK offers. Check out this great moment - champions all in GK!


First up, in 4th place, Kyla Ross of Gym-Max Gymnastics in GK's Freedom SWAROVSKI Gymnastics Leotard 1002This elegant patriotic scoop neck gymnastics leotard in White, Ocean, and Red Mystique features 1,653 Clear, Brilliance, and Metallic Silver SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.  This leotard is part of GK's Ultimate Brilliance by Elite Collection

 


Next, in 5th place is Elizabeth Price from Parkettes National Gymnastics Center radiant in a custom GK long sleeve gymnastics leotard made with Gold and White Mystique fabrics and embellished with Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS along the sweetheart bodice, v-back, and sleeves.  To create a similar look to Elizabeth's, start with our Classy Sweetheart Competition Gymnastics Leotard 7545.

 


In 6th place is the enchanting Sarah Finnegan from Great American Gymnastics Express in  GK's special order Stunning Flame Competition Gymnastics Leotard 9542, a boat neckline competitive gymnastics leotard with stunning flame design across bodice and back, recommended two tone sleeve design, and V back made here with White, Berry, and Black Mystique covered with Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. 

 

Tied for 7th place are Kennedy Baker from Texas Dreams Gymnastics and Sabrina Vega from Dynamic Gymnastics.


Kennedy is sporty in a custom GK similar to Symmetrical Bodice Design Gymnastics Leotard 4788.  The Texas Dreams leo is customized with White Slither, Petal Pink Mystique, and Wild Sangria Sparkle fabrics with just a touch of Gold Mystique.  The embellishments make this leo stand out with "Dream" spelled out in SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS down the left sleeve and more sparkle wrapping from center chest to the lower back of the leotard. 

 


For Sabrina Vega, we head back the GK Special Order Catalog for our Sleek Sweetheart Gymnastics Leotard 7547, a V neckline competitive gymnastics leotard with sleek style lines throughout bodice, back and sleeve, also featuring a V back.  Sabrina is regal in Lavender Ice and Imperial Purple Mystique with accents of White Sparkle fabric.  The Clear SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS add the perfect finishing touch.

 

 

Shop GK's Infinite Possibilities for yourself, visit the 2012-2013 Competitive Gymnastics Catalog for all of your gymnastics leotards, gymnastic warm ups, and gymnastic apparel needs.  The 2012 Visa National Champions choose GK because GK is the world's most advanced leotard.  Pick yours out today!

GK. Choice of Champions. 

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Everyday Champions: Jessica A. & Lexee A.

Sisters, Jessica & Lexee A., are GK Everyday Champions who train at Universal Gymnastics of Lake Havasu, Arizona.  For summer gymnastics camp this year, the gym chose a gymnastics leotard from GK's Gymnastics Legends Special Edition Catalog - Leotards designed by Champions for Champions.

Jessica and Lexee look legendary in Sequinz Flag Gymnastics Leotard E1956, a classic scoop neck gymnastics leotard, designed by Amanda Borden, in Silver Mystique and White Nylon/Spandex featuring a sequinz flag motif on the front of the gymnastics leotard.  Amanda's inspiration for her 2012 GK Legends Collection gymnastics leotard stays true to her team theme and the source of her 1996 Olympic fame - her Magnificent Seven teammates. Amanda honors each of her team members with the seven stripes in her sequinz flag shown on the gymnastics leotard.

Shop the Gymnastics Legends Leotard Collection here!

For other gymnastics workout leotards - shop our IN STOCK Workout Wear collection.  Workout tank leotards are available for an entire year.  With over 70 styles, you are sure to find your perfect workout tank leotard - with no worries of availability to fill in throughout the year.  IN STOCK apparel routinely ships in just three business days. 

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Gymnastics Legend - Amanda Borden

Amanda Borden was Team Captain of the 1996 Magnificent Seven, the first U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team to win Gold in all of Olympic history.  Before leading the Magnificent Seven, Amanda proved herself to be a steady and consistent gymnast from the start of her training in 1984 at Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy.  Her talent and ability led her to be named to the National Team six times and the World Championship Team three times, eventually reaching the pinnacle of her career as Team Captain of the 1996 Gold Medal winning, history making, Olympic Team. 

USA Gymnastics Code of Points number 2.302, otherwise known as the “Borden,” is named after Amanda.  The Borden is a straddle pike jump from side position with ½ or ¾ turn on the balance beam.  USA Gymnastics also named Amanda Sportswoman of the Year in 1995. 

Outside of the gym, Amanda earned her B.S. summa cum laude in elementary education from Arizona State University.

When asked about her gymnastics career, Amanda Borden seems to have developed a theme upon answering… it’s all about the team!

Amanda’s inspiration for her 2012 GK Legends Collection Leotard stays true to her team theme and the source of her 1996 Olympic fame – her Magnificent Seven teammates.  Amanda described the experience as, “the biggest moment of my gymnastics career and one of the biggest moments in women’s gymnastics history.”  The Magnificent Seven, as they were aptly dubbed, was the first U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team to win Gold in all of Olympic history.

Amanda’s teammates were heroes to her personally and she was shocked and humbled when they voted her as team captain.  Amanda’s vivacious personality and encouraging nature coupled with a maturity beyond her years made her the perfect choice to lead the Magnificent Seven to the top of the Olympic podium. 

Amanda honors each of her team members with her GK design saying, “There are 7 stripes to represent the 7 members on the team.”  Always having favored red, white and blue, Amanda’s Legends Inspired Workout Leotard is a shimmering and brilliant combination of Silver Mystique and White Nylon/Spandex.  The stunning red Sequinz stripes are artfully laid out across the front of the leo paired with brilliant blue and silver Sequinz stars.

Currently, Amanda owns Gold Medal Gymnastics in Tempe, Arizona.  There, she also coaches combining her educational training with her athletic expertise.  Amanda provides expert commentary for gymnastics and cheerleading events on CBS Sports, Fox Sports, Turner Broadcasting and ESPN.  In addition, Amanda is a member of the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame and US Olympic Hall of Fame.  She currently sits on the Arizona Gymnastics Board.

Personally, Amanda has been married to her husband, Brad Cochran, for over five years and has two children, Kennedy, 4 and Brody, 1 1/2.  Amanda’s current goals focus on the next generation of athletes.  “My goal is to touch the lives of children all across Arizona to help them reach their goals, whatever they may be.”

Shop the GK Gymnastic Legends Special Edition Catalog here!

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GK Radiance SWAROVSKI Gym Leo is "Best Leo of the Day"

As seen in Inside Gymnastics, Fashion Front, GK's Radiance SWAROVSKI Gymnastics Leotard was their pick for Best Leo of the Day at the 2012 Visa National Championships from the Junior competition. 

The Inside Gymnastics Team said, "Our pick for Best Leo of the Day from the junior competition goes to Amanda Huang of Northwind Gymnastics (Georgia).  Wearing a brilliant copper leo from GK with a gorgeous jeweled design that shined but didn’t detract, Huang was picture-perfect and wins our golden award for the day!"  Read the rest of the article here.

The Radiance SWAROVSKI Gymnastics Leotard 1003 is an elegant scoop neck leotard in Charcoal Mystique that features a beautiful pattern of 2,000 SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS in Clear, Black, Metallic Silver, Metallic Gold and Gold Brilliance.

See this and the other Ultimate Brilliance by Elite gymnastics leotards here.

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McKayla Maroney Starts Her Own Flowery Trend

McKayla Maroney is best known for her World Champion vault skills but, at the 2012 Visa Championships she gave everyone something else to talk about - the flowers on both her Day One and Day Two custom GK gymnastics leotards!

Let's take a look at McKayla's awesome skills and her delightfully different custom leotard.  The one-of-a-kind creation is made up of Berry Mesh with Natural Shadowproof Lining, Sangria, Dark Olive, Petal Pink, and White Mystique fabrics covered with Brilliance and Vintage Rose SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. 

McKayla carried her flower theme into Day Two in another one-of-a-kind GK custom leotard.  The Seaglass Sparkle, Petal Pink Mystique, and Wild Sangria Sparkle floral appliques are beautifully set on a background  of White Mesh with Natural Shadowproof Lining and Gold Leaf Mystique fabrics.  The leotard is then scattered with Brilliance, Jade, Vintage Rose, and Fuchsia SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS that light up a leotard as only GK and Swarovski can. 

Have an idea for a trend of your own?  Contact your local GK Sales Representative here and they will be happy to assist you.  You may also visit our Design Studio to start creating on your own gymnastics leotard and then give our Customer Service Experts a call to help you bring your gymnastics leotard vision to life.

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Everyday Champion: Logan C.

Logan C., 4 years old, is a GK Everyday Champion who has been taking gymnastics for a little over a year.  He is enrolled in KinderGym at Parkettes Gymnastics in Allentown, Pennsylvania.  Logan's favorite activities are the foam pit and trampoline.  He recently completed the Spring Session and was very proud of his medal and certificate.  Logan is also a GK model and can be seen in our GKids promotions.

Way to go Logan!

Here, Logan is sporting Boy's STOCK Gymnastic Shorts 1818M in red paired with Boy's Basic Compression Gymnastics Shirt 1700M in black. 

GK's IN STOCK men's and boy's gymnastic apparel is available and ready to ship. Outfit your team with both competition apparel and warm-ups that are IN STOCK, in our most popular designs and color combinations. Add your team logo for a completely customized look. 

Check out GK's full line of men's and boy's gymnastic apparel here.

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Visa Champions Choose GK

As of the Women's Final on June 10th, the U.S. National Team is set and very soon Marta and the Selection Committee will tap the Fierce Five for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team.  The Chaifetz Arena on the campus of St. Louis University could barely contain the amount of athletic talent and gymnastic artistry that made up the 2012 Visa Championships.  The Arena also served as the Fashion House of GK Gymnastic Leotards proving, once again, that GK is the Choice of Champions.  Why?  Because champions know that GK gymnastic leotards are the best because of fit as well as fashion. 

Let's take a look at the Silver Medal winner, Gabby Douglas, from Chow's Gymnastics.  An unexpected combination of beautiful Azure Sparkle, Lemon Lime Mystique, Cherry Mystique, and a touch of Gun Metal Mystique make this Dramatic Asymmetrical Competition Gymnastics Leotard 9562 even more dramatic.  The brilliant SWAROVSKI CRYSTALS add depth and light to Gabby's champion look.  This gymnastics leotard showcases how bright, rich color combinations can work so well for a leotard.

In contrast, Bronze Medalist and GK Endorsed Athlete, Alexandra Raisman from Brestyan's American Gymnastics, sports the same style of leotard with similar neckline and sleeves but in a simple, stunning White Mystique fabric.  The color provides a beautiful backdrop for the intricate scrolling and ribbon-like embellishments of countless Brilliance and Ruby SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS .  Aly's gymnastics leotard showcases how bling can be beautifully done, but not outshine the athlete who's wearing it. 

Two different athletes. Two different GK looks. Two champions.

Shop the 2012-2013 Women's Competitive Catalog for your custom gymnastics leotard.  GK offers more styles, more choices, more everything. 

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Gymnastic Legend - Shannon Miller

Shannon Miller is the most decorated gymnast in US Olympic history.  She is a gymnastic legend both individually and as a member of the US Women’s Gymnastics Team, fondly referred to as the “Magnificent Seven.”  Her Gold medal on the balance beam at the 1996 Olympic Games marked the first time in history for any American gymnast to capture that particular medal.  During those Games, Shannon led the US Women’s Team to successfully oust the Russian gymnastic dynasty and win Team Gold that year on their home soil of Atlanta, Georgia.  The US Women’s Gymnastics Team had never won Gold even at a World Championship – but that year – they accomplished what no team had been able to do before. 

Four years earlier, at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain, Shannon’s tally of five medals was the most medals won by a US athlete in any sport.  According to Shannon, “Representing my country on the Olympic stage was an honor, a privilege and one of the greatest moments of my life.”

Shannon has won a staggering 7 Olympic medals and 9 World Championship Medals, 59 International and 49 National competition medals, over half of which have been gold.  She is the only American to rank among the Top 10 All-Time Gymnasts and is the only female athlete inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame – Twice!  First, in 2006, as an individual athlete and again in 2008, as a member of the Magnificent Seven team.

It’s no surprise that when asked about the design inspiration for her 2012 Legends Collection Leotard for GK, Shannon chose a “modern take” on the 1996 Olympic team leotard.

US Olympic athletes are an inspiration when they don the red, white and blue and represent their country with grace under pressure, in heartbreak, and in success.  Shannon’s Legends Inspired Workout Leotard is the epitome of patriotism.

Her design is rich with Navy Mystique, Red Mystique, and Silver Mystique echoing Old Glory.  The Stars & Stripes motif is perfected with clear rhinestone star transfers over the right side of the front bodice and right shoulder.

Shannon’s gymnastics career and personal life since retiring are reminiscent of the American spirit.  Not long after she and her husband welcomed their adorable son, Rocco, (now 2 years old and currently enrolled in Mommy & Me gymnastics class!)  Shannon was diagnosed with a germ cell malignancy, a rare form of ovarian cancer.  Shannon is now cancer free and she has remained open and public about her diagnosis and treatment.  Shannon is a role model to women everywhere who want to start or continue a healthy lifestyle.  She continues to be an advocate for making health and fitness a priority.  Professionally, Shannon has continued her own brand of success as President of Shannon Miller Lifestyle: Health & Fitness for Women and Host of the Health & Wellness Channel's The Wish List with Shannon Miller, a national show where Shannon makes dreams come true for men, women and children facing life threatening medical conditions.  She also is the Host of the Shannon Miller Lifestyle Radio Show in partnership with St. Vincent's HealthCare discussing a variety of health and fitness issues.  She has authored several fitness and cook books and produced multiple fitness videos and a specially designed work out mat.  Shannon is a sought after professional speaker and health and fitness advocate.

Shop the GK Gymnastic Legends Special Edition Catalog here!

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Everyday Champion: Abby P.

GK Everyday Champion Abby P. is a Level 8 Gymnast who trains at Flytz Gymnastics in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.  She was the 2012 Level 7 State Champion on Floor Exercise, 3rd on Vault, 3rd on Beam, and 3rd All Around. She lives, breathes, and dreams about gymnastics all the time.  She is also a cheerleader and a great student!  As part of a class assignment, Abby wrote to local GK Sales Representative, Lori Johnson, to tell her how much she likes GK gymnastics leotards.  She provided some fantastically descriptive marketing copy that we just had to share.  Check out what Abby had to say about GK gymnastics leotards.

Dear Ms. Johnson:

Hello, I am Abby.  I am 13 years old and am interested in one of your products.  I am writing to you about your GK leotards.  I like this product for so many reasons, but I chose three favorites.  I enjoy your leotards because they are comfortable, designed great, and very durable.

The leotards your company makes are great because they do not shrink or get too tight.  The material is very nice, soft, and easy to move around in.  I would and have recommended this product because of its great quality.  I own many of these leotards and practice in them for long hours, but have not yet encountered or noticed any scratching or something that bothers me during my practice.  Like I said, I practice in these leotards for long hours into the evening, and feel very comfortable in the fabric. 

The next reason I adore your leotards is because of the nice and elegant designs.  The colors always coordinate and look great on all ages.  I, along with many other gymnasts, wear the exotic and beautiful designs.  The diamonds on the leotards never come off when I am practicing.  My favorite designs to chose from are the prints.  I love that there are so many different varieties of designs for all different personalities and people.

The final reason I like your leotards is because they are very durable.  I have had so many GK leotards for quite some time.  They have stretched, been washed over and over, and still fit me because they are so well made.  I have never had a leotard from your company tear or come unstitched.  I love these leotards because they can be passed down through many generations and still last for a long time.

As you can see, many gymnasts love the product your company produces and markets.  I am one of the biggest fans of this product because it is so comfortable, designed greatly, and is durable.  I think this product is the best in the industry and will keep going far in the world of gymnastics.  Thank you so much for selling these wonderful leotards!

Sincerely,

 

Thank you so much Abby for making our day!  We couldn't have said it better ourselves. We love hearing from our customers. You make GK look beautiful and we are happy to hear our products perform as well as they look.

Looking for "comfortable, greatly designed, and very durable" gymnastics leotards for your everyday champion?  Shop our current catalogs for all of your gymnastic apparel needs.

Shop the Current Competitive Catalog here.

Shop the Current IN STOCK Catalog here.

Shop the special edition Gymnastics Legends Catalog here.

Shop the Summer & Camp Workout Essentials Catalog here.

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Texas Dreams Serene in Cool Blues from GK

The athletes from Texas Dreams Gymnastics were led to the Secret Classic by their coach, the legendary Kim Zmeskal-Burdette, owner and coach of Texas Dreams, and also one of GK's iconic designers for our Gymnastics Legends Special Edition catalog.  The Texas Dreams captured an impressive array of titles from the Secret Classic including Third All Around for Kennedy Baker.  The Juniors had much success with Bailie Key, Peyton Ernst, Ariana Guerra, and Veronica Hults taking 5th through 8th place in the Junior All Around.  It was a sea of GK blues at the podium!

The Texas Dreams custom GK gymnastics leotard features a classic boat neck.  The beautiful combination of fabrics are White Mesh, Rich Royal Mystique, Columbia Blue Sparkle, White Mystique, and Gunmetal Mystique.  Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS accent the style lines and are scatted over the entire length of the sleeves and the top of the gymnastics leotard. 

Congratulations Texas Dreams! 

Looking for your next spectacular competitive gymnastics leotard?  Shop the GK 2012-2103 Women's Competitive Catalog here!

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GK's Guide to the Visa Championships

Next stop on the way to London 2012 - St. Louis, Missouri for the 2012 USA Visa Championships, June 7th-10th at Saint Louis University’s Chaifetz Arena.  The outcome of this event will determine the 2012 Champions and solidify the national team for both junior and senior elite levels for Men's Artistic Gymnastics ("MAG") and Women's Artistic Gymnastics ("WAG").  Just adding a bit to the pressure, the performances at this event will determine who advances to the 2012 US Olympic Trials in San Jose June 28th-July 1st.

The Competition Schedule is as follows:

Thursday, June 07, 2012

1:00 PM – Junior MAG Competition Day 1

6:30 PM – Senior MAG Competition Day 1

Friday, June 8, 2012

1:00 PM – Junior WAG Competition Day 1

6:30 PM – Senior WAG Competition Day 1

Saturday, June 9, 2012

11:30 AM – Senior MAG Competition Final Day

6:00 PM – Senior MAG Competition Final Day

Sunday, June 10, 2012

10:00 AM – Junior WAG Competition Final Day

2:30 PM – Senior WAG Competition Final Day

Televised Coverage (information via USAG)

  • Universal Sports - Women’s senior competition live on June 8 beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET.
  • NBC Sports will broadcast live coverage of the final day of both the men’s competition, June 9 from 1-3:30 p.m. ET, and the women’s competition, June 10 from 4-6 p.m. ET.

Online Coverage

  • Competition in the first day of senior women’s competition will be simultaneously webcast on www.usagym.com courtesy of www.UniversalSports.com.
  • For all four junior men’s and women’s sessions and the first day of senior men’s competition, USA Gymnastics will provide complete coverage of the event on its official YouTube channel.  USAG has already uploaded videos from women’s podium training.

Be sure to be on the look out for GK gymnastic leotards!  Tell us about your favorites!  The details of any that you see can be found by visiting www.gkelite.com.

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GK Workout Leotards at the Secret Classic

Podium training gives gymnasts a chance to try out their routines on the equipment they will use for the competition and to get used to the venue and their surroundings.  It gives us the chance to see some GK workout tank gymnastics leotards in action!

Here, Aly looks ready to train in her IN-STOCK Sporty V-neck Gymnastics Tank Leotard 3653 in Princess Pink Sparkle Hologram and Black Nylon/Spandex.  Gabby Douglas is wearing GK's IN STOCK Modern Gymnastics Tank Leotard 3623 in Silver Mystique, Steel Mystique, Black Mystique, and Cherry Mystique.

McKenzie Wofford is the first gymnast we've spotted in a Special Edition Gymnastic Legends Leotard and she looks fabulous!  Mackenzie is wearing Sequinz Flag Leotard E1956, a classic scoop neck leotard, designed by Amanda Borden, in Silver Mystique and White Nylon/Spandex featuring a sequinz flag motif on the front. Elizabeth Price from Parkettes, is seen here in a special order gymnastics tank leotard made of Apple Jack Sparkle and Rainforest Mystique fabric with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS highlighting the style lines. For something similar to Ebee's leo, check out Special Order Style WL219 which you can design for your own custom look!

Nastia and Rebecca Bross both sport a workout leo straight from the cover of our Summer & Camp Workout Essentials catalog.  From the Nastia Liukin Gold Medal collection, the Signature Strappy Gymnastics Leotard E1949 features Berry Storm Hologram with Black Nylon/Spandex trim.

Whether it's in stock, special edition, or special order, GK offers the largest variety in gymnastics leotards.  Only GK gives you more variety, more styles, and more choices.

Shop all of our tank gymnastics leotards here!

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Gymnastic Legend - Kim Zmeskal

Kim Zmeskal took center stage in the sport of women’s artistic gymnastics early on.  From a young age, she trained with the coaching dream team of Béla and Márta Károlyi, who had bought a gym in her Houston, Texas neighborhood.  There, she had the chance to observe and interact with her idol, Mary Lou Retton.

Kim later became famous in her own right when she became the first American woman to become All-Around World Champion in 1991.  Until then, the United States had yet to produce a gymnastics world champion, male or female, and 15 year old Kim made history.  This awesome feat established the United States as a gymnastics superpower and opened the door for future American gymnastics stars. 

Kim was the U.S. National Champion in the senior division three years in a row from 1990‑1992.  At the 1992 World Championships in Paris, Kim captured individual Gold on both Beam and Floor.  Later that same year, Kim was a member of the Bronze Medal winning Olympic Team in Barcelona, where she also achieved the highest optional score of any gymnast at the Games.   Kim spent the next few years after Barcelona touring and competing professionally.

Kim was ready to return to training so a move to Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy and a new coach in Mary Lee Tracy was next in preparation for the 2000 Olympics.  Unfortunately, a serious injury would dash her Olympic dreams.  Kim kept any pity at arm’s length saying, “It was all worth it.  I've been on top of the world and I've been on crutches learning to walk.  I've experienced success and heartache.  I've learned how to stay humble in good times and motivated in desperate times.” 

Kim’s inspiration for the design of her 2012 GK Legends Collection Leotard came from the logo design of the 1991 World Championships.  Kim said, “During that competition, I experienced the highest of highs with an amazing American audience cheering me and my teammates on all the way!  Winning the All-Around title and toppling the Romanians for a Team Silver are tremendous memories that have not faded one bit!  The color blue, besides being a favorite of mine, is synonymous with being the best, which is a constant, driving force in my life."

In 2001, Kim moved back home to Texas determined to open her own gym and move on to coaching.  Today, Kim and her husband, Coach Chris Burdette, continue her gymnastics legacy at their Texas Dreams Gymnastics facility and host the annual Texas Prime Meet.  The meet brings out riveting competition, but by far, the most anticipated event is the Legendz Classic.  Legendz is an energy-packed, 2-hour event that features three Olympic gymnasts as team captains for the top Level 9/10 elite gymnasts in the previous sessions. 

Out of the gym, Kim is a proud mom to three children, sons Ryder and Koda and daughter Riven Belle. Kim was inducted into the Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 2001 and remains a sought after motivational speaker, sharing her memories, her perseverance, and her ambitions with the rest of the world.  Kim also serves as a Brevet womens gymnastics judge.

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Rebecca Bross Recommends GymTek for Serious Gymnasts

Rebecca Bross is currently in the midst of some of the toughest training of her gymnastics career.  The strenuous and long hours of practice that gymnasts endure is what GK had in mind when designing GymTek leotards.  A high performance gymnastics leotard for the serious gymnast... whether elite or beginner. 

Rebecca said, "GK leotards have always been my favorite.  They are the most comfortable and fit the best.  Now, with their new GymTek Leotards, GK has taken it one step further.  They have no tags which means nothing bothering you while you practice and a breathable fabric to keep you cool even on very hot summer days, like the ones we are already starting to have here in Texas.  Also, there are no side seams which make the GymTek leotards even more comfortable. I definitely recommend them!"

Here, Rebecca is wearing GymTek Open T-Back Performance Leotard 3675, a scoop neck gymnastics workout leotard in black StretchTek, featuring an open t-back, charcoal tech mesh panels, and contrasting cover stitching. Her matching shorts are GymTek Blue Flatlock Gymnastics Shorts 3678, high performance gymnastic shorts in black StretchTek, featuring charcoal tech mesh panels for breathability, and contrasting blue flatlock stitching for comfort.

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Cincinnati Gymnastics All Over US Secret Classic in GK

Cincinnati Gymnastics sent five awesome athletes to the US Secret Classic last weekend and they made their presence known.  With two seniors and three juniors competing, Cincinnati Gymnastics racked up an impressive medal count. Competing and winning for Cincinnati Gymnastics were Seniors Amanda Jetter (8th FX, 10th AA) and Brianna Brown (7th AA).  The Juniors from Cincinnati included Lexie Priessman (1st FX, 3 BB, 4th AA, 5th UB, 6th VT) and Amelia Hundley, who, in addition to her 3rd All-Around win, took home 2nd on BB, 3rd on VT and UB (T) and 4th on floor.  Also representing Cincinnati at the Classis was Alexis Beucler, who is in her first year of Elite competition. 

Sporting GK's Interlaced Swirl Gymnastics Leotard 9555 gave the athletes from Ohio a champion look.  The custom fabric choices of Black, Gold Leaf, and Cherry Mystique proved to be a winning combination. 

Congratulations Cincinnati Gymnastics!

Check out Lexie Priessman's 1st Place Winning Floor Exercise!

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Nastia's Comeback in GK

With equal parts pressure and excitement, Nastia returned to the world of competitive gymnastics on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at the Secret U.S. Classic.  The cheering was deafening before and after her beautiful beam routine for which she won 3rd place!  While we wait the long two weeks for the Visa Championships - let's talk about what else the fans were waiting for - what would Nastia wear?

Pink GK, of course!  Nastia and the entire WOGA team sported a beautifully classic GK, Neckline Binding Gymnastics Leotard 4856, customized with Berry Mesh, Berry Mystique, and Silver Mystique fabrics.  The long sleeve leotard shimmered with brilliant SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS embellishing the curved bodice, scoop back, and the lower sleeve from elbow to wrist. 

The WOGA team was equally stylish in between events in their Striped Fitted Warm Up Jackets 8790 made of White Brushed Tricot and Black Mystique.  The WOGA logo shimmered on the back of the warm up jacket with black SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.

Let's check out Nastia's much anticipated come back in her signature pink GK gymnastics leotard.

 

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