Stick it for the Cause! GK's 2012 Breast Cancer Awareness Collection

GK continues its Breast Cancer Awareness Leotard Collection in 2012.  This inspiring collection of gymnastics leotards is an extension of GK’s partnership with the annual Pink Invitational that took place in February of this year at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The Pink Invitational is an annual meet organized by Unite for HER, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing breast cancer awareness programs and initiatives.  This year’s event raised $250,000!  As a proud sponsor of Unite for HER, GK is pleased to continue the fundraising by contributing 5% of sales of the specialized leotard collection to Unite for HER.

2012 marks the eighth year that GK has taken a stand against breast cancer.  Each year GK continues to add more breast cancer awareness leotard styles to promote this worthy cause.  Kelly McKeown, Executive Vice President of Design & Corporate Relations said, “We are so excited to present our best collection of Breast Cancer Awareness leotards, shorts & sports bra to date!  We are proud to partner with Unite for HER to help reach those in need on their road to recovery.”

GK is offering three In-Stock tank gymnastics leotards, each uniquely embellished with an interpretation of the iconic Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon and the beautiful, custom GK/Unite for HER logo.  These gymnastics leotards along with a berry T back sports bra and a fun workout short are available on the GK Elite Website.

BCA25 is a classic tank gymnastics leotard with zig zag trim and features a sequinz breast cancer awareness ribbon.  BCA26 is an asymmetrical tank gymnastics leotard with modern pink ribbon side style lines.  BCA27 is a classic tank gymnastics leotard with pink ribbon back style lines.

Sue Weldon, Unite for HER founder, President, and breast cancer survivor, said, “Thank you GK for partnering with us, aligning with our vision, and helping us to reach our mission and outreach for Unite for HER.” 

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Behind the Make It or Break It Leo: Listen to the Universe

Welcome to Behind the Leo - a weekly spotlight on the GK Gymnastics Apparel worn in each of this season's Make It or Break It episodes.

On tonight's episode... Lauren learns she needs surgery on her heart, and Payson tries to help her by seeking out another doctor whose methods would result in a faster recovery. Elsewhere, Kaylie has to bunk with Jordan.

This week the spotlight is on Payson Keeler.

Tune in tonight to see Payson in this GK Purple Swirled Workout Tank Leotard Style No. 3646

This gymnastics leotard was inspired by the designer's visit to an amusement park in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The stunning combination of Lavender Ice Mystique, Imperial Purple Mystique, and White Sparkle echoes a color scheme she saw in one of their incredibly manicured gardens. The idea for the appliques on the front was sparked by the pinwheel lollipops many of the young visitors carried  and the exciting rides that swirl round and round.

"The sweetest place on earth" is their slogan, and it proved to be a sweet spot for inspiration as well!

Watch what happens on Make It or Break It tonight on ABC Family at 9/8c.

 

 

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Spring Leo Sale! Save on select leotards now through April 30th!

Save up to $10.00 on select spring leotards now through April 30th!  Hurry!  Supplies are Limited!  Choose from five great Spring Essentials tank gymnastics leotards - now on sale for just $39.99!

Racer Back Jeweled Tank Gymnastics Leotard E1872 is a scoop neck leotard in Black & Red nylon/spandex with clear SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. Shawn Johnson Sangria & Black Gymnastics Leotard E1863 is a scoop neck workout leotard in Sangria Nylon/Spandex and Foiled Asteroids with clear SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.  Criss Cross Strap Gymnastics Leotard E1887 is a tank leotard in Foiled Purple Thunder and Black nylon/spandex with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.

From our adidas collection, choose from Red & Black V Neck Gymnastics Leotard AS419 or Pink & Black V Neck Gymnastics Leotard AS422, both with signature adidas triple stripes.

Offer expires at 11:59pm EST on April 30, 2012.  Offer valid for US Consumer Accounts on www.gkelite.com only.  Offer only valid on style numbers E1872, E1887, E1863, AS419, and AS422.   Quantities are limited, while supplies last.  May not be combined with any other offer or discount.

Shop now and save!

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GK Delivers Couture Leotard to Lucky Local Gymnast

GK, with the support of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, donated the first in a line of couture gymnastics leotards to the Pink Invitational outreach gymnastics meet on February 24 – 26, 2012 for a fundraising opportunity.  The couture leotard was raffled off with proceeds benefiting Unite for HER, a non-profit organization dedicated to breast cancer awareness programs for women.  The one-of-a-kind gymnastics leotard carries an approximate retail value of $5,000 and is part of GK’s 2012–2013 Couture Collection

Raffle tickets were sold at the Pink Invitational meet and online raising over $4,300 for Unite for HER.  One proud grandfather of an athlete participating in the meet bought 10 tickets for his granddaughter.  That lucky athlete was Bryn Kanagy, a level 4 gymnast from Centre Elite Gymnastics in State College, PA. On Friday, April 20, 2012, Kelly Christman, Sr. Marketing Manager for GK Gymnastics, hand delivered the one-of-a-kind leotard to Miss Kanagy during her gymnastics practice at Centre Elite.  The stunning leotard was put on display at the gym and after much ooh-ing and ahh-ing, was presented to Miss Kanagy who, after posing for some pictures, promptly tried on her couture creation right over her workout leo - turning the mat at Centre Elite into an instant runway.

GK is proud to have been a part of another successful Pink Invitational.  Save the date for next year's event - February 22-24, 2013!

Coveting a couture creation of your very own? Browse the Ultimate Brilliance by Elite collection in the new 2012-2013 Competitive Catalog.  There you will find four stunning leotards designed as companions to the GK Couture Collection. 

Congratulations Bryn!

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Everyday Champion: Emma P.

Sporting a GKids tank gymnastics leotard for her workout is Emma P., a sweet little 2-year-old who loves gymnastics!  She trains at Kids Gym, Inc., in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  Mom Melissa said, "Emma calls this GK her 'pokey dot yeotard!  She and her big sister love GK gymnastic leotards!" 

GKids!  Gymnastics leotards created especially for little gymnasts!  Adorable, fun, and comfy!  Moms will love the cute styling and reasonable prices.  Kids will love how they feel with our super soft, no itch fabrics.  And the best part...it fits like a GK!  Shop the GKids Collection here!

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Behind the Make It or Break It Leo: Dream On

Welcome to Behind the Leo - a weekly spotlight on the GK Gymnastics Apparel worn in each of this season's Make It or Break It episodes.

On tonight's episode, the girls compete in the semi-qualifications. Meanwhile, Kelly's mother tries to take down Kaylie; Payson gets overprotective about Lauren's health issues; and a new curfew halts Payson's burgeoning romance.

This week the spotlight is on Kaylie Cruz.

Kaylie will be seen tonight in GK's Sporty Steel Workout Tank Leotard 3631.  This V-neck tank leotard in Steel Mystique, Princess Pink Sparkle Hologram and Black Nylon/Spandex was inspired by the drag races that the designer enjoys attending where there is always a lot of excitement and energy. 

The designer said, "The racetrack is a great place for design inspiration and not just in the sound and speed, but also in the spectators and the paint on the cars.  This leotard embodies one of the races from a day at the racetrack.  It incorporates the glare of the shining metal on the car, the blackness of the embedded tire lines on the track, and the bright pink suit worn by the petite female driver who wasn't afraid to showcase her impressive driving skills.  I'll bet she had been a gymnast!"

Tune in to watch what happens on Make It or Break It tonight on ABC Family at 9/8c.

Shop the MIOBI Leotard Collection here!

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2012 GK Camp Leotard Styles are HOT!

The 2012 Camp Essentials Gymnastics Leotard Collection offers 12 comfortable styles in the hottest summer colors.  Pair your leotard with our matching headbands and gymnastic workout shorts for the perfect camp look!  Available through July 31, 2012. 

Athletic racer back tank gymnastics leotard with solid black nylon/spandex side panels and matching hair scrunchie.  Customize it with your logo for camp!  Color options for these leotards include: E1925 Grape Mystique, E1923 Yellow Mystique, E1924 Lime Mystique, E1922 Berry Mystique, E1926 Sunshine Mystique, and E1921 Electric Turquoise Mystique

Sporty racer back tank gymnastics leotard with matching hair scrunchie.  Customize for camp with your logo!  Color options for these gymnastics leotards include: E1918 Black & Neon Lime Nylon/Spandex, E1920 Black & Neon Orange Nylon/Spandex, E1915 Black & Turquoise Nylon/Spandex, E1917 Black & Yellow Nylon/Spandex, E1919 Black & Magenta Nylon/Spandex, and E1916 Black & Neon Pink Nylon/Spandex.

Shop these gymnastics leotards and our entire Summer & Camp Essentials Collection here!

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Everyday Champions: Kendall W. & Francesca P.

BFF's Kendall W. & Francesca P. from Silvia's Gymnastics enjoyed shopping the GK Booth at the Pennsylvania Level 6 Championships recently.

Kendall & Francesca are super cute modeling GKids Turquoise Polka Dot Leo E1855 from GK's Spring Essentials Catalog.  This gymnastic leotard is a scoop back leotard in a fun turquoise nylon/spandex polka dot design featuring berry nylon/spandex and black velvet near the neckline with clear SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.

Feel free to contact your local GK Gymnastics Sales Representative (locate yours here) to find out where they may have a booth set up near by.  In the meantime, check out the entire GKids collection here or shop the Summer & Camp Workout Essentials.

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GK's Olympic Heritage Began in Barcelona

GK has been part of every Olympics since 1992!  For two decades, GK has provided competitive gymnastics leotards, workout wear, and warm ups for artistic gymnastic teams and trampoline teams from all over the world.  The GK Olympic Tradition began at the Barcelona Games. 

GK was awarded the National Team Contract and outfitted the U.S. Olympic Team in competitive apparel for the first time.  GK manufactured both the warm-up and competition apparel for the U.S. Men's and Women's Gymnastic Teams.  As a result, the GK brand appeared on national television.  Pictures of our Olympians wearing the GK logo appeared in national publications and on the cover of "TV Guide."

The whole company was very excited for the Olympics and televisions were set up in conference rooms so employees could watch the games live while taking a break.  Let's take a look back at Shannon Miller in this video montage from the 1992 Barcelona games.  Shannon looks beautiful in GK! 

Do you have a favorite GK Olympic moment from 1992?  Share it with us below!  Need a gymnastic leotard for your future Olympian?  Shop for gymnastics leotards, apparel, and warm ups here!

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GK's Summer & Camp Workout Essentials are HOT!

The New GK Summer & Camp Workout Essentials Catalog is here! The summer gymnastics leotard forecast at GK is exciting, fun & hot!  Excitement is building for the Summer Games.  We'll soon know who will be representing the USA in London!  Are you ready to cheer for TEAM USA?  

Summer is the time for friends, workouts, and camp.  GK's Summer & Camp Essentials is your first choice for everyday workout and camp gymnastics leotards.  We have HOT styles, HOT fabrics, and HOT prices!

Some highlights from the Summer & Camp Workout Essentials Catalog include:

  • Camp Styles - 12 comfortable leotard styles in the HOTTEST summer colors.
  • Matching headbands and workout gymnastics shorts complete the perfect camp look
  • Nastia Liukin Gold Medal Collection - always beautiful and on trend
  • Shawn Johnson Collection - fun and sporty with the famous funky backs
  • GKids™- value priced workout apparel for little champions
  • Value Tanks - six great leotards priced at $29.99
  • Exclusive Prints - one-of-a-kind prints that ONLY GK can offer
  • Made in the USA - we are proud that every leotard is sewn and assembled in the USA

GK offers the most variety of In Stock gymnastics products.  Only GK gives you more variety, more styles, and more choices.


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Behind the Make It or Break It Leo: Growing Pains

Welcome to Behind the Leo - a weekly spotlight on the GK Gymnastics Apparel worn in each of this season's Make It or Break It episodes.

On tonight's episode, the girls are visited by their families, and Payson's dad gives her some bad news while Kaylie tries to curb her parents' feuding by making Austin tag along to a family dinner. Elsewhere, Lauren is advised to consult a doctor about her condition.

This week the spotlight is on Jordan Randall.

Jordan will be seen tonight in GK's Jeweled Velvet & Mystique Leotard 3642.  This scoop back tank leotard in Rainforest Mystique and Black Velvet was inspired by an archer's arrow as it hits its mark. The flow of the style lines represents how an arrow cuts through the air, just as it enters its target. Gymnasts fly through the air  - much like arrows  - with great speed and accuracy, so why not have a leotard that represents just that.

Tune in to watch what happens on Make It or Break It tonight on ABC Family at 9/8c. 

Shop the MIOBI Leotard Collection here!

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Anastasia Grishina Beautiful in GK

Russian athletes are well known for grace and power in the sport of gymnastics and Anastasia Grishina continues that tradition.  The 16-year-old from Moscow will be one to watch on the road to London 2012.  Anastasia is currently a first-year senior member of the Russian National Team winning an impressive 5 medals at the Russian Nationals in 2011 and most recently taking the Bronze at the 2012 Russian National Championship.

Anastasia's artistry makes a stunning showcase for GK gymnastics leotards.

Photos © Yelena Mikhaylova

Are you planning for some new competition gymnastic leotards?  For a style similar to Anastasia's, check out GK's Elegant Swirled Long Sleeve Leotard 9510, a boat neckline competitive gymnastics leotard showcasing a curl and wave pattern throughout bodice and back, style specific jewelling options and V back.  Choose any fabric and any color combination to design a GK Competitive Gymnastics Leotard with your own custom look.

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BREAKING NEWS - ALEXANDRA RAISMAN SIGNS WITH GK!

GK is thrilled to announce the addition of Alexandra Raisman to its elite list of endorsed athletes!

Just 17-years-old, Raisman is a three year member of the U.S. National Gymnastics Team, having most recently contributed to the team's Gold Medal at the City of Jesolo Trophy in Italy on March 31, 2012.  Raisman captured second place in the Individual All Around at the same event.  Raisman currently resides in her hometown of Needham, Massachusetts where she trains at Brestyan’s American Gymnastics under Head Coach, Mihai Brestyan.

As a GK Endorsed Athlete, Raisman joins a select group of gymnastic champions, past and present, who choose GK.  Raisman will beautifully sport GK gymnastics apparel at events, grace GK catalogs, and will promote GK across social media and advertising campaigns.

“We are thrilled to have Alexandra Raisman join our prestigious list of endorsed athletes, " said Kelly McKeown, Executive Vice President of Corporate Relations & Design.  "She is a dynamic and talented gymnast with a bright future.  We look forward to the exciting year ahead with Aly!”

Raisman caught the gymnastics bug at 2 years old when she attended a “Mommy & Me” class.  That class sparked the beginning of a championship career in the making, having yet to hit its pinnacle.  Raisman’s current goal is to make the 2012 Olympic Team and represent the U.S. in London this summer.  Having made steady progress over her three years on the National Team, with a stellar year in 2011, Raisman has been adding to her national and international medal count and gaining the experience necessary to successfully compete at the Olympic level.  Prior to the Jesolo event, Raisman took Silver in the All Around at the 2012 AT&T American Cup.  She was a member of the Gold winning team at the 2011 World Championships, taking an individual Bronze medal for Floor as well.  She also won the Bronze All Around at the 2011 Visa Championships.  Raisman used to watch her gymnastic idols on television and dream, now she competes alongside them proving that dreams can, and do, come true with talent, hard work, and determination.

Currently a senior in high school, Raisman cites science as her favorite subject and her hobbies include shopping, spending time with family and friends, and hot yoga!   She was one of three recipients of the 2011 Pearl D. Mazor Outstanding Female Jewish High School Scholar–Athlete of the Year Award given on behalf of the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.  Her parents are Richard, a former hockey and baseball player, and Lynn, a former high school gymnast.  She is the oldest of the four children in her family and now that she can drive, she is responsible for chauffeuring her siblings around, at least part-time! 

Welcome to the GK Family, Alexandra!

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Behind the Make It or Break It Leo: Time is of the Essence

Welcome to Behind the Leo - a weekly spotlight on the GK Gymnastics Apparel worn in each of this season's Make It or Break It episodes.

Tonight, Coach Mac makes no adjustment when transitioning from coaching men's gymnastics to women's, and as a result, his tactics prove ineffective with the girls. Meanwhile, Payson can't escape the lingering ramifications of her kiss with Sasha.

This week the spotlight is on Payson Keeler.

On tonight's episode of MIOBI, Payson will sport this beautiful GK Sporty Wrapped Tank Leo Style 3640, an asymmetrical tank leotard in electric turquoise mystique, silver mystique and navy mystique.

The dramatic and extreme weather of last year inspired the designer of this workout leotard.  Her thoughts of blowing winds, swirling snow squalls, and turning oceans are reflected in her creation.  The design lines wrap around the body like a tornado, a dramatic and stormy sky are reflected in the color choices, and crystals drift across the body like fresh falling snow.  This leotard was designed for the drama of the extreme gymnast!

Tune in for all the drama on Make It or Break It tonight on ABC Family at 9/8c. 

Shop the MIOBI Leotard Collection here!

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Everyday Champions: Klaira S.

Everyday Champion Klaira S. is four years old and trains at Emeth Gymnastics in Orwell, Ohio.  She has many GK gymnastic leotards.  Her mom, Lisa, tells us they fit her perfectly!  Lisa also said, "Klaira is as solid as a rock... short and strong!  She loves to work out at least 4-5 hours a day.  She never gives up and having a great GK gymnastics leotard makes her life very easy.  Thank you!"

Way to go Klaira! 

Looking for quality workout gymnastic leotards for your little champion?  Check out GK's Spring 2012 Workout Essentials Catalog and our GKids collection!

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GK's Global Presence Gathers in Reading, Pennsylvania

GK's Reading, Pennsylvania headquarters hosted its annual International Distributor Conference last week with 25 global GK reps in attendance.  The conference kicked off with a lively welcome dinner followed by two full days of educational, informative, and inspiring interchange among the participants.  Our international guests toured the GK facility, viewed new and exciting products, and received training toward their success in their home countries.  Awards were also bestowed for select sales accomplishments and years of service milestones.

GK's international distributor program started with our presence at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia, when Lilia Podkopayeva of Ukraine, the Women's All Around Gold Medalist, competed wearing GK, along with the rest of the Ukrainian gymnasts.  Also wearing GK were gymnasts from Morocco, Uzbekistan, and Latvia.  Although the Gold Medal U.S. Women's Team did not wear GK for those Olympic Games, when featured in People Magazine's "Most Amazing People in 1996" issue and asked to wear their own favorite leotards for the photo shoot, all but one showed up in a GK leotard! 

The inertia of GK's international relations was set in 1999 when the company, after an introduction by Wolfgang Bohner, clinched a contract with the German National Gymnastic Federation to become the official sponsor of the German National Team.  That same year, Wolfgang became GK Elite's first international distributor.  Today, GK has 25 international distributors in 15 countries servicing over 50 countries.  GK - made locally, sold globally!

Are you a coach or gym owner in need of global assistance from GK?  Find your International Distributor here!

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Behind the Leo: It Takes Two

Welcome to Behind the Leo - a weekly spotlight on the GK Gymnastics Apparel worn in each of this season's Make It or Break It episodes. On tonight's episode, Coach McIntire pairs the girls up and they must learn to live with a constant companion. Who gets paired together? Tune in tonight to find out!

This week the spotlight is on Lauren Tanner.


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Tonight, Lauren will be seen in GK's Cascading Petal Workout Leo 3625 which is a classic tank leotard in green apple and black mystique with turquoise and green apple shatterglass hologram.  The designer of this leotard found inspiration after attending the gymnastics world championships in London.  While there, she visited the London Tower and was amazed by the collection of knights' armor and their swords which inspired her translation of a sword across the front of this leotard.  The twists represent the movements made during a sword fight.  Though the colors of this leotard aren't of metals, they are inspired by the colors of the Thames River that flows in front of the Tower. 

Watch all new episodes on Mondays at 9/8c on ABC Family.

Shop for this leo and the others as seen on MIOBI here!

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New Year. New Look. 2012-2013 Competitive Wear Catalog.

GK offers more variety than any other gymnastic manufacturer. Our INFINITE POSSIBILITIES give you more styles, more choices, more everything.

Take advantage of our Early Buy Discount and don't miss our newest collection, Ultimate Brilliance by Elite, featuring SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.

Available from your local GK Dealer or online at www.GKELITE.com  New catalogs are scheduled to mail in April!

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GK Voted Best Leotard Brand!

It's official! GK is the Best Leotard Brand as voted by About.com readers for 2012!  GK would like to thank everyone who voted.  We received a majority of the votes garnering 69% of the total. 

Thank you for your support!

Be on the look out for our 2012 Competitive Catalog which is set to launch very soon!  In the meantime, check out our 2012 Spring Essentials Catalog!

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Everyday Champions: Julz & Emily

Check out Julz and Emily from Desert Lights in Chandler, Arizona sporting their new GymTek leotards purchased at the Optional State Championships last weekend!  GymTek is the first technically designed, high performance workout collection for the serious gymnast.  GymTek leotards have state of the art technical features to make hours of practice more comfortable and more productive. 

Tagless.  Flatlock Seams. Exceptional Fit.  Stretchtek Fabric.

Check out the entire GymTek collection here!

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