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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Choosing a Gymnastics Program That Will Benefit Your Gymnast In The Future

If your child’s goal is to make it to the Elite level of gymnastics and even receive a full gymnastics college scholarship, choosing the BEST gymnastics program for your child is the first step to success. Putting your child in gymnastics requires family dedication and may involve tough family decisions. Families may have to make a sacrifice and decide to move out of state for their child to get the best gymnastics experience they can possibly get.

Here are helpful hints to choosing the BEST gymnastics program:

1. A top gymnastics program will have a coaching staff who has had many years of experience competing in the top levels of gymnastics and also coaching top gymnasts in the country.
2. A top coaching staff will have individual top accolades:
           A. Coach of the Year
           B. Olympic Coach
           C. Led gymnasts on to;
                1. Receive Full College Scholarships
                2. Become National Team Members
                3. Become Olympic Team Members
                4. Become World Championship Team Members.
3. A top program would have been voted top gymnastics facility in the area, state or even country.
4. A great facility will have top of the line equipment and will also have many different sets of each gymnastics event.
5. A program that offers Men’s gymnastics, Women’s gymnastics, Cheerleading and Special Olympic Programs.
6. A program that offers gymnastics to children age 1 and UP. Beginning in a program, and growing up in the same program is a huge benefit for a gymnast.
7. A program that offer dance lessons for gymnasts. Dance is an essential tool for all gymnasts.
8. The top programs will have a mission to provide boys and girls with the opportunity to experience the joy and benefits of gymnastics while becoming part of a gymnastics family.
9. The program must be committed to helping a gymnast to be the best they can be.
10. A program that offers financial scholarships.

A program that has a competitive team who wears GK Elite Sportswear Custom Gymnastics Leotards and Apparel will always look the BEST!


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2011 Back To School Workout Essentials

In the 2011 Back to School Workout Essentials catalog, GK features the Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson Signature Collections.  These fun & creative gymnastics leotard are great for gymnasts at any skill level.  Both collections showcase vibrant colors and unique designs.
Nastia Back to School Collection
GK is also changing up their line of gymnastic apparel with a brand new collection called GKids!  This line was created especially for little gymnasts.  The collection offers something for both boys and girls and is certainly the choice of little champions everywhere.  Mom's will love these adorable, fun and comfy gymnastics leotards - not to mention they're itch free!

Shawn JohnsonThe other collections featured in the Back to School Catalog are sure to catch your eye with the sparkling jewels and brilliant colors featured throughout the assortment.  These gymnastic leotards are filled with jeweled accents, fun designs, and a variety of prints, giving you a large selection to fit your style and your budget.     

The 2011 Back to School Workout Essentials catalog is bursting with fun and functionality.  Both Shawn and Nastia have really created a line of gymnastics apparel that offers attractive designs with superior fit.  This Back to School Season is sure to be a good one with fashionable gymnastics leotards from GK.

Shop Shawn Johnson's Back To School cover leo shown here, her berry and black tank or Nastia Liukin's turq and cherry tank.
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Nastia Liukin 2011 Back To School Collection

Gear up for the back to school season with the new collection of Nastia Liukin leotards.  This new line is designed by Nastia herself, which expresses her creativity, fun and fashion sense.  The collection includes 6 great newly designed leotards that feature something for everyone. 

Style E1751

The classic tank Nastia Liukin leotard style E1751 features great swirl design with scoop back in electric turquoise mystique and cherry sparkle hologram.  This leotard comes with a coordinating cherryberry sparkle scrunchie!

Style #1747
The children's Nastia Liukin leotard style E1747 offers a low open strappy back with cute applique lady bug on the front.  Great color combination with black nylon/spandex and circleville hologram and matching black nylon/spandex scrunchie.

Style #1749
The classic Nastia Liukin strappy back leotard style E1749 features great design with the grape safari nylon/spandex with foil and steel mystique.  It also includes a coordinating grape safari scrunchie. 

Style E1750
Looking for a cute v-neck leotard? This v-neck Nastia Liukin leotard style E1750 features black mystique, antique gold mystique, and matching Black mystique scrunchie.  The leotard also has metallic gold nailheads swirl design.

Style E1748
Nastia Liukin v-neck leotard style E1748 features cherryberry sparkle hologram and black mystique with matching cherryberry scrunchie.  This leotard offers a zig zag trim design and v-neck front and back.

Style E1746
The great eye catching fun design in style E1746 offers a bold lower back cutout with circleville hologram and silver sparkle hologram.  It also includes a matching circleville scrunchie.
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GK Can Give You the Fit You Want Every Time

When you want the very best, you look for a reputation of excellence.  And with GK's legendary fit, the world's Elite gymnasts trust GK Gymnastics Apparel to perform.  That's one reason why more gyms around the world count on GK - Choice of Champions.

GK Shawn Johnson Competitive Leotard 7524 Gk offers sizing samples for women's competitive leotards, men's competitive wear, women's elite fitted warm-ups and unisex warm-ups.

GK Strongly suggests you take advantage of using our "Try Us On For Size" gymnastic apparel samples.  This will take the guesswork out of sizing and ensure the best possible fit for each athlete.  GK will guarantee the fit of a garment only if you have used our sizing samples.  GK suggests sizing your team no earlier than one month before placing your team order.  Remember, special orders are made to your specifications and are not returnable.

Please plan in advance and allow sufficient time for the sizing and ordering process. Please take note of the following production charts to help you with timing questions.

Estimated Production Time For Special Order
Additional Production Time

GK also offers a Fit Video that will demonstrate the proper way to size your team for their new gymnastic apparel.  The video illustrates the difference between sleek fit and growing room. Please request the Fit Video when you order your sizing samples for your very best in excellence gymnastic wear.

Shown to the right Shawn Johnson in GK's Stunning Scalloped Comp Leo.

   
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GK. Choice of Little Champions: Introducing GKids!

In the 2011 Back to School catalog, GK presents a new collection of gymnastics leotards created especially for the littlest gymnasts!  These special leotards are designed with little athletes in mind!  Kids and Moms can now choose from a variety of adorable, fun, and comfy gymnastics leotards which they are sure to love.  Each GKids leotard is made with supersoft, itch-free fabric, and they come in fun colors with select styles featuring one of a kind appliques!  Not only will kids love them, but moms will too because of the cute styling and reasonable prices! 
GKids LeotardsGKids pink polka and lime classic tank with back bow accent



One of our favorites is the children's classic tank leotard in lime, berry, and black with an adorable cupcake applique on the front.  Another leotard that we love is the children's pink polka and lime classic tank with a super cute back bow accent!  Your little gymnast is sure to shine in a GKids gymnastics leotards!

All GKids leotards are available online.  Click here to find your child's next GKids leotard!

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GK Leotards Shine in Beijing

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.

Elite Sportswear became even bigger in 2007 when its seven year relationship with adidas took on a completely new phase.  Now, GK had the rights to market and to sell adidas gymnastics styles.  Check out all of GK's adidas gymnastics apparel by clicking here.
Team USA wore adidas leotards manufactured by Elite Sportswear for the 2008 Olympic Games
At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, several countries wore the GK or adidas logo as they performed.  Team USA competed in adidas leotards which were manufactured by Elite.  A long list of other countries, including Australia, Bulgaria, Belgium, Columbia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Finland, Greece, Luxemburg, Puerto Rico, Slovenia, and Belarus, outfitted their gymnasts in the GK logo for the Beijing Games.

Visit www.gkelite.com to check out the huge selection of GK and adidas leotards!

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GK Ladies' Unitards and Men's Competition Shirts and Pants Showcased at La Biennale di Venezia

GK Elite gymnastics apparel was featured this past month at the "Gloria" art exhibit at the 54th La Biennale di Venezia, a bi-annual gathering of artists in Venice which was organized by the Indianapolis Museum of Art.  The exhibit was created by Allora and Calzadilla and combines performance, sculpture, video, and sound elements.  The event exhibited U.S. male and female gymnasts, including 2007 U.S. All-Around Champion David Durante and 2008 Olympic silver medalist Chellsie Memmel, wearing GK Ladies' Unitards and men's Competition Shirts and Pants.

 
David Durante performs in GK competitive tank and pantsDavid Durante performs in GK competitive tank and pants

Male gymnasts such as David Durante showed off their quick movements and power in the Body in Flight (American) exhibition which used elite business class seats to imitate pommel horses.  For his routine, David wore a  GK Men's Competition Shirt style 1963 in red with white piping.  Click here to explore all of the competitive men's gymnastic apparel that GK has to offer.

When we asked David Durante about his thoughts on the Venice Biennale he remarked, "Being that the Venice Beinnale is the pinnacle of the contemporary art world, it is only fitting that GK came on board to provide the gymnastics uniforms for the performers of the Body in Flight pieces.  They make the best and most comfortable uniforms I've ever worn and wearing the USA across my chest again for this event brought me back to my competition days when I was a part of Team USA.  They went out of their way to provide a variety of unique styles for both the men and women that brought the whole American exhibit to another level."

Chellsie Memmel performs in GK competitive unitardChellsie Memmel performs in GK competitive unitard

Olympic medalist Chellsie Memmel and other elite female gymnasts performed in the Body in Flight (Delta) exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia wearing GK Ladies' Unitards.  An airline seat replica was created by the artists to represent a balance beam on which the gymnasts executed routines using their flexibility and fluidity.  Chellsie performed in the unitard version of the GK Symmetrical V Neck Competition Leotard style 9559, which is featured on the cover of the 2011-2012 Competitive Wear catalog as "Nastia Liukin's Leotard Choice".  Create your very own Special Order leotard like the one worn by Chellsie Memmel by clicking here.

Chellsie Memmel and David Durante perform in GK Apparel

Still want to learn more about La Biennale di Venezia?  Check out www.imamuseum.org/venice/about/exhibition to explore the event and view pictures of the gymnasts performing in GK gymnastics apparel!

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Universal Gymnastics in GK Leotards at WoodWard West

Check out Universal Gymnastics of Lake Havasu City, Arizona who recently attended WoodWard West Gymnastics Camp.  They look awesome in their GK Yellow Racerback Camp Leotard Style E1723 that they ordered to match WoodWard's logo colors!  This gymnastics workout leotard is also available in bright orange, aqua, candy pink, grape and lime.  Get yours today!  They are only available through August 15, 2011 while supplies last!

Universal Gymnastics at Woodward West
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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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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 Supports Men's Gymnastics!

Through GK Elite's continuing support of men's gymnastics and commitment to quality, variety, and service, GK has all but taken over the world of men's gymnastic apparel.  GK has been committed to the men's gymnastic program from the very beginning and continues to support initiatives like USA Gymnastics' Junior Olympic program.  More than 5,000 Junior Olympian boys have competed in GK garments over the past couple of decades.  The wide variety of IN STOCK and Special Order Competitve Apparel and warm-up choices available make GK stand out from the crowd.  World Class Gymnast Jonathan Horton recognizes GK's commitment and chooses to compete in GK competitive wear.
Jonathan Horton
"The USA Men's Team is always appreciative of the outstanding uniforms that Elite provides for us.  Every year.  Elite produces the highest quality uniforms that are cutting edge in both design and performance.  Our athletes always have full confidence in their apparel when they are competing and representing the USA.  Elite's goals are synonymous with ours; to be the best at what we do!"

~ Kevin Mazeika, U.S. Men's National Team Coordinator

Be the best at what you do by checking out all of GK's gymnastic IN STOCK and Special Order apparel today!
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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 2011-2012 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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Lauren Mitchell Chooses GK

Lauren Mitchell is an Australian gymnast who has a long list of accomplishments under her belt.  Her perseverance and hard work ethic make her one of the most dedicated and determined gymnasts in the world. 
Lauren Mitchell chooses GK

She separates herself from other world class gymnasts and wins the admiration of fans and judges through her many innovative, complex, and challenging routines.  In 2009, she earned two silver medals at the World Championships on the beam and floor.  She truly made her mark in 2010 when she fought through a string of injuries to become the World Floor Champion. 

Lauren can be seen wearing a variety of GK Elite Special Order Leotards when she competes.  She trusts the brand who shares the same dedicated and hard working mentality.

Stand out from the crowd in the Choice of Champions, GK Elite Special Order Leotards!
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Struggling with a decision to miss practice for summer family vacation?

The decision to miss practice for summer family vacation comes around every year. Most gymnasts decide to take that time to get away and spend a week or more with their family. Gymnastics is a year round sport, however most coaches, in almost any sport, would tell you that it's healthy to have some time away from daily practices.

Here are a few summer vacation tips to help gymnasts stay in tiptop gymnastics shape:

1. Every gymnast should first ask their coach and make sure that missing practice is acceptable.
2. A coach may want a gymnast to organize practice at a gymnastics facility close to where they will be vacationing. If available, take the opportunity to help yourself improve your gymnastics skills and return to your gym in topnotch shape.
 
3. If another gymnastics facility is not available, a gymnast can use the workout room in hotels and even on cruises. Keeping up with your cardio on cardio machines and also making use of the free weights will be in the best interest of a gymnast.
4. If a workout room is not available, you can simply condition yourself anywhere (in a house, in a hotel room or even on the beach).

Here are some exercises that do not need any machines or equipment:

·      Push-ups

·      Abdominal Exercises

·      Jump rope

·      Walking squats

·      Pull-ups

·      Running

·      Jogging in place

·      Toe-raises

·      Handstand Holds


Stretching is the most important exercise of all! If a gymnast does not stretch while being away from the sport for a while, injury can easily occur when returning back to gymnastics.
 

Make sure to show off and wear your GK Elite Gymnastics Apparel while vacationing!

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Mental Preparation For Those Balance Beam Nerves


Whether you’re just starting gymnastics or have been competing for years, balance beam nerves seem to never go away. Struggling with inconsistency, fear and anxiety are common issues gymnasts face when it comes to the balance beam. From my experience, I have learned some pointers to help subside beam nerves and have also learned how to mentally prepare before getting on the beam.

Here are some helpful hints for balance beam workers:


1.     No matter what your nervous or scared about, (such as attempting that new skill for the first time on the high beam) the balance beam will ALWAYS be just a tan line over a blue mat. The height of the beam does NOT matter!

 

2.     Before getting on the beam, you should always first do a practice skill/routine on a line on the floor. Doing more of each skill helps with consistency, and consistency helps suppress nerves.

 

3.     After practicing the skill/routine on the floor, a mental routine should be conducted in your head with your eyes closed. Picture yourself up on the beam doing your skill/routine with confidence and consistency from beginning to end!

 

4.     “Cues”- Each one of your skills should have a cue. A cue is a word or phrase that you say in your head before performing that skill each time. An example: If you have trouble doing a front tuck and landing with your chest down, you would say “Chest Up” to yourself every time before you perform that skill. This helps remind yourself to focus on that problem area, which is especially necessary during a beam routine with multiple skills. Don’t forget to use your “cues” when doing your mental routine in your head!

 

5.     “Beam center”- The beam center is considered your belly button. Always focus on pulling up through your stomach and keeping your beam center over the middle of the beam during skills/routines on the floor, mental routines and on the balance beam.

Most importantly, you need CONFIDENCE on balance beam. Without confidence in yourself you will get nowhere while learning new skills or perfecting them on the high beam.

Looking your best in GK Elite Custom Gymnastics Leotards will also help you feel confident and graceful while practicing and competing balance beam!

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GK Elite Presents the "Color Your Leo" Contest

Now's your chance to win Four (4) All-Session VIP Tickets and four (4) Hospitality passes for the Visa Championships!   Color Your Own Custom Gymnastics Leotard or Tank & Shorts combo for your chance to win.

GK Elite Color Your LeotardThe Grand Prize also includes a custom replica of the winning gymnastics apparel made by GK Elite, your leotard featured at the GK Elite "Evolution of a Leotard" booth, an invitation to model your leotard at the GK Elite Fashion Show in Saint Paul, and your leotard design being featured in the 2011 Visa Championships program guide.

The contest deadline is Friday, July 22, 2011.  All coloring pages must be returned to USA Gymnastics by this date to be eligible for the contest.  There is no age limit.  Contest entries are limited to one per person.  The winner will be chosen by USA Gymnastics and GK Elite.  Click Here to download your coloring pages.

Return all pages to USA Gymnastics c/o Jackie Magnuson, 132 E Washington St, Suite 700, Indianapolis, IN 46204 or email them to marketing@usagym.org.
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We are GK. We are Gymnastics.

The most recognized and celebrated gymnasts continue to choose GK Elite to outfit them for their biggest gymnastics competitions.  They choose and trust GK because we make the very Nastia Liukinfinest gymnastics apparel on the planet and provide the very best service. 

GK does not merely manufacture Gymnastics Leotards, but has also become deeply involved in gymnastics at all levels.  GK Elite has sponsored more than two decades of Junior Olympians, as well as outfitting world champions such as Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson.  GK is fully embedded in the sport of gymnastics. 

"GK's commitment to excellence in the development and production of their apparel and their service to our athletes and clubs is their cornerstone.  This philosophy coupled with their innovative design is why GK is recognized as the premier apparel manufacturer, both nationally and internationally."

~ Kathy Kelly, USA Gymnastics Vice President Women's Program

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Why We Love the GK Design Studio!

Not sure exactly how your leotard creation will turn out?  With GK Elite's new Design Studio, you can be certain that you will absolutely love your gymnastics leotard before placing your order.  After you find your Special Order garment on www.gkelite.com, just click DESIGN IT to customize your team apparel.  Follow the step-by-step instructions to choose your team fabrics and colors, embellishments, options and alterations for your look.  Create, view and order the perfect team gymnastics garment every time!
GK Design Studio

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