GK Champion Shawn Johnson Returns to DWTS

Are you ready to cheer on Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough a.k.a. #TeamShawnough? Shawn Johnson, winner of a Gold Medal and three Silver Medals for Women's Gymnastics in the 2008 Olympics and GK Champion will return to the ABC show "Dancing with the Stars" for the all star showdown in the ballroom. When she first competed in DWTS's Season 8 at the age of 17, Shawn was the show's youngest competitor, and she danced away with the coveted mirror ball trophy!  Will she do it again?

Shawn has been a GK Champion since 2008 designing top selling gymnastics leotards for GK's essential catalogs.  Her upcoming Signature Collection for the 2012 Holiday catalog will offer gymnastics leotards in fabulous prints and six new styles she designed.

Upon putting the finishing touches on the leotard designs for her Holiday Collection, Shawn said, "Thanks GK for the opportunity to express my creativity in my Signature Collection of gymnastics leotards.  It was so much fun to select my own styles and fabrics."

"It's not the destination, it's the journey that makes you who you are."  ~ Shawn Johnson

Tune in to ABC for the 2 Night Premier of DWTS beginning on Monday, September 24th at 8/7c.

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GK's 2012 Holiday Essentials catalog will be available on Monday, September 24, 2012!

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Caitlin Performs Body In Flight (Delta) at Indianapolis Museum of Art

Caitlin of The Classic City Center Gymnastics Program in Waterloo, Indiana was recently chosen as one of four girls to perform Body In Flight (Delta) at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.


Earlier this year, the exhibit which was originally shown at the "Gloria" art exhibit at the 54th La Biennale di Venezia, Caitlin and the other gymnasts donned the same GK Ladies' Unitards and men's Competition Shirts and Pants that were also showcased by 2007 U.S. All-Around Champion David Durante and 2008 Olympic silver medalist Chellsie Memmel in Venice in July 2011.

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!

Does your gym need new competition leotards?  Visit GK's 2012 Competitive Catalog for inspiration and ideas.  Need help?  Find your local GK Gymnastics Sales Representative here.

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2012 USA Gymnastics Leotards by Elite Sportswear-The Art Deco Leotard

The Women's Gymnastics All Around and Event Finals were the showcase for the next two shiny pieces from the USA Gymnastics' leotard treasure chest.  The Art Deco Leotard was seen in two beautiful colors, Sangria Mystique and Steel Mystique. The Sangria Art Deco gymnastics leotard sparkled with clear SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS in square, round, triangle, rectangle, and teardrop shapes adding dimension and brilliance.  The Steel Mystique Art Deco gymnastics leotard had the same crystal shapes, but metallic colors of Gold Brilliance, Aurora Boreale, and Golden Shadow SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS were used.

Craving the Art Deco gymnastics leotard design for yourself?  Be sure to get Spirit AS431 from the Everyday Champions Special Edition Catalog - the only place to purchase authorized USA Gymnastics Replica leotards!

Spirit is a low scoop Sangria Mystique tank gymnastics leotard with a striking Art Deco clear jeweled neckline. 

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2012 USA Gymnastics Leotards by Elite Sportswear - Purple Starburst

The Fierce Five returned to North Greenwich Arena for the Women's Qualifications and continued the starburst trend, only this time it was in purple!  The Imperial Purple Mystique long sleeved gymnastics leotards had the same stunning starburst design with alternating panels of Concord Mesh over Natural Shadowproof Fabric. Stars were crafted with Clear SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS lighting up the bodice of the leotard.

Do you just have to have the same elegant, regal leotard?  GK is the only place to get authorized replicas of the USA Gymnastics team leotards available for purchase through December 30, 2012.  Perseverance AS428 is a v-neck tank gymnastics leotard in Purple nylon/spandex and Imperial Purple Mystique featuring clear jewel star accents and the National Team logo.

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Engineered Art Gymnastics Leotards for Fall

Introducing GK's LIMITED EDITION Engineered Art gymnastics leotards.  These custom created leotards reflect the artistry and technique of gymnastics. They feature exclusive prints designed by GK and are engineered to fit on the body of leotard. Each gymnastics leotard is Made in the USA with GK's exclusive comfort and fit. 

Wrap yourself in custom art.

Art Deco Leotard E2040 features a stylized custom abstract construction design printed on a classic tank gymnastics leotard.  Impressionism Leotard E2039 features a stylized custom abstract smudges design printed on a classic tank gymnastics leotard.

Art Nouveau Leotard E2041 features a stylized custom dot necklace design printed on a classic tank gymnastics leotard. Post Impressionist Leotard E2042 features a stylized abstract portrait design printed on a classic tank gymnastics leotard.

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New Live! Co-Host Sports GK Men's Gymnastics Apparel on First Day

On Tuesday, September 4th, former New York Giant and Superbowl winner, Michael Strahan, made his debut as Kelly's permanent co-host on the show now known as Live with Kelly & Michael!  On the guest list for Michael's premier day were women's gymnastics Gold Medalists Aly Raisman and Jordan Wieber. A "Challenge with the Champions" ensued involving Aly & Michael, Kelly & Jordan, a balance beam, and some eggs.  Michael can add winning (well tying) egg-beam racer to his list of accomplishments, right after his record for most sacks in a single year. 

Check out the riveting competition below and check out Michael's reveal of his GK Men's Gymnastics Competition Shirt 1853ST in Navy Nylon/Spandex, Red Nylon/Spandex, and White Nylon/Spandex.

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100% SWAROVSKI = 100% SPARKLE

GK uses 100% SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS on every one of our competitive leotards. The alternating facets and platinum foiling of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS create a brilliance unmatched in the industry. 

Don't take our word for it, listen to Kiana Ross, mother of Kyla Ross, member of 2012's Gold Medal winning Fierce Five. 

Kiana said, "The SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS were a vital part of the USA Gymnastics leotards. When Kyla wears GK competition leotards, I know, as her mother, how important it is for her performance that she feel confident on the competition floor.  Confidence comes from being prepared, long hours of training, having the right coach, necessary support from family and, of course, from the look, fit, quality, and design of your leotard. GK constructs gymnastics leotards with all of that in mind. When I watch Kyla in competition, I can tell who is wearing a leotard with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.  There is nothing that compares with the sparkle and shine of a GK leotard." 

Here, Kyla is wearing GK's Freedom 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 CollectionHowever, every gymnastics leotard in our Competitive Catalog can be embellished with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. 

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Everyday Champion: Mishon D.

GK Everyday Champion Mishon D. trains at Arizona Dreams Gymnastics in Prescott Valley, Arizona.  This stunning photograph was taken as part of her senior portraits.  Mishon is wearing her gym's new competitive gymnastics leotard.

Mishon's long sleeved gymnastics leotard is GK's Petal Design Competition Gymnastics Leotard 9550, a scoop neckline gymnastics leotard that dazzles with its floral design throughout bodice and ribbon effect on the back. Arizona Dreams chose Black Mystique fabric with Sunshine Mystique and Steel Mystique for the appliques.  The style lines are then lit up with Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. 

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Does your gym need new competition leotards?  Visit GK's 2012 Competitive Catalog for inspiration and ideas.  Need help?  Find your local GK Gymnastics Sales Representative here.

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Shawn Johnson Back to School Gymnastics Leotard Collection 2012

Check out Shawn Johnson's Leotard Collection for Back to School 2012 featuring exclusive GK prints, SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, and Shawn's signature strappy backs!  

Shawn Johnson Halter Leotard E1990 is made with a GK Exclusive Print - Hidden nylon/spandex foil with a Black nylon/spandex wrap-around halter neckline.  Shawn Johnson Athletic Tank E1992 is a GK Exclusive Print - Skye nylon/spandex foil gymnastics leotard with Black nylon/spandex side panels and  Steel Mystique trim.

Shawn Johnson Leotard E1991 is a Black nylon/spandex gymnastics leotard with Orange Cougar nylon/spandex foil straps featuring SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.  Shawn Johnson Asymmetrical Leotard E1993 is a Black nylon/spandex gymnastics leotard with cascading sequinz accent and Hidden nylon/spandex foil signature strap shoulder.

Shawn Johnson Athletic Leotard E1989 is a Black nylon/spandex gymnastics leotard with Skye nylon/spandex foil accents and Steel Mystique trim.  Shawn Johnson Leotard E1994 is a v-neck tank gymnastics leotard in Orange Cougar nylon/spandex foil with a Black nylon/spandex back and Gold Leaf Mystique trim.

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Fiery Blaze Gymnastics Leotards for Back to School

Heading back to the gym when school starts?  Get a hot new look with these gymnastics leotards from the Back to School 2012 Workout Essentials collection.  Available through October 31, 2012.

Orange Flame Gymnastics Leotard 3634 is a classic tank leotard made with Sunshine and Black Mystique fabric with mango jewel accents. Modern V-Neck Gymnastics Leotard E2011 is a Black Mystique gymnastics leotard with a bold Lime and Steel Mystique shoulder design and SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.  Keyhole Back Gymnastics Leotard E2012 is made of a GK Exclusive Print - Flame Thrower nylon/spandex with Berry nylon/spandex trim binding.

Asymmetrical Wave Gymnastics Leotard E2013 is a scoop back Black nylon/spandex tank gymnastics leotard with wrap-around wave in Lemon Lime Mystique and cascading Lemon Lime hologram sequinz accent.  Scoop Gymnastics Leotard E2014 is a classic scoop neck tank leotard in Red nylon/spandex with Silver hologram sequinz accent. Strappy Mid-Back Opening Gymnastics Leotard E2015 features the GK Exclusive Flame Thrower print with Red nylon/spandex trim.

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GK Outfits Junior Olympics Men's Gymnastics Team

Continuing its long tradition of supporting the sport of Gymnastics - GK recently outfitted the Level 9 Junior National men's gymnastics team with warm-ups.  Kevin Mazeika, the U.S. Men's National Team Coordinator said, "GK's goals are synonymous with ours; to be the best at what we do!"

Here the young gymnasts look sharp in GK's In Stock Gymnastic Warm Up Jacket 1797 in Black DryTech, White DryTech, and Red DryTech with embroidery on the back and left front chest. Their coordinating gymnastic warm up pant is GK's Black DryTech Pant 1792

GK's In Stock Warm-Ups offer both fitted and relaxed styles, available as separates, so coaches and athletes can match and have a perfect fit!

Shop GK's Men's In Stock Gymnastics Wear Catalog for all your men's and boy's gymnastics apparel needs including gymnastics compression shirts, gymnastics shorts, gymnastics pants, and warm-ups.

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Everyday Champion: Savannah

What a cutie!  Savannah's mom, Ashley, recently wrote to GK to tell us just how much Savannah loves her GKids leotard, especially the SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS along the neckline.  Savannah is three years old and has been doing gymnastics for about a year at Inland Empire Gymnastics Association in Coeur d Alene, Idaho.

GKids gymnastics leotards for girls are designed for little champions everywhere.  They are always Affordable, Bright, and Comfy.  All GKids styles are reasonably priced at just $29.99 and are designed with fun, colorful prints just for your little ones.  Each leotard is made with super soft, itch-free fabrics that your beginner gymnast will love!



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Team USA Leotards by Elite Sportswear - Berry Starburst

The first Team USA competition leotard to makes its debut in London was a stunning pink creation!  It wasn't so much a matter of if the Team would wear pink, but when.  The soon to be Fierce Five sported these beautiful pink gymnastic leotards when they first hit the Olympic floor for podium training. 

This long sleeve competition leotard is a custom design with a regal v neck and v back.  The foundation fabric is Berry Mystique with the starburst design created with alternating Berry Mesh fabric.  The glittering star appliques are made of Clear SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS on the front and back of the leotard.  On the right shoulder is the iconic circle of stars logo of the USA Gymnastics National Team.

Love this leo?  Have to have it? GK has the only authorized replicas of the USA gymnastics team leotards available for purchase through December 30, 2012.  Determination AS427 is a v-neck tank gymnastics leotard with the same bold starburst design as the Team USA  leotard featuring clear jewel star accents and the National Team logo.  It's created with Berry nylon/spandex and Berry Mystique. 


Shop here for all of the 2012 Team USA Replica Leotards.  Looking for competition gymnastic leotards of your own design? Check out GK's Design Studio to get started.

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Everyday Champion: Kailyn K.

Everyday Champion Kailyn K. shows off her new GK workout leotard.  Kailyn attends Desert Devils Gymnastics in Mesa, Arizona.  She is very excited about her upcoming gymnastics competition! 

Kailyn's team workout leotard is GK's Sporty Red Tank Gymnastics Leotard 3633 from our In Stock Catalog.  Shown here in Red Shimmer, White Shimmer, and Red Tech Mesh fabrics, the Desert Devil logo is made out of black sequinz on the front.  Don't forget the matching scrunchie!  Go Kailyn!

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U.S. Lawmakers Impressed With GK

On Wednesday, August 22, 2012, U.S. Senator Pat Toomey and U.S. Representative Jim Gerlach visited GK and were impressed with what they saw.  Sen. Toomey and Rep. Gerlach were given the grand tour of GK's manufacturing facility and saw first hand all of the intricate steps involved in crafting the best gymnastics apparel in the industry. 

The Lawmakers started where all GK apparel begins - in the design department.  They then walked through each department getting a glimpse of the pattern making, cutting, embellishing, sewing, and inspection processes.  Both admired the specific skill sets of GK employees necessary for crafting gymnastic apparel. Afterward, Toomey said, "Elite Sportswear shows that manufacturing is still thriving in this state and America.  [GK] is an example of a company that used innovation to target their market." 

GK is immensely proud of the fact that every one of its gymnastics leotards, for the beginner athlete or a gold medalist, is Made in the USA.  Gerlach touched on this fact as well saying, "We need to put in place the right policies that will allow [GK] to compete effectively and stay in the United States." 

To see coverage of the visit in the local news and press, check out the links below.

Lawmakers tour Reading garment factory

Toomey, Gerlach tour sportswear company

Thank you Sen. Toomey and Rep. Gerlach for coming to visit GK!

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Berry Cool Gymnastics Leotards for Back To School

Check out these Berry Cool gymnastics leotards for Back To School.  All of these gymnastics leotards will be available through October 31, 2012.

Open Back Tank Gymnastics Leotard E2000 is a GK Exclusive Print of Berry Zany Zebra nylon/spandex with mid-back opening and racer back. Racer Back Sequinz Tank Gymnastics Leotard E2002 is a classic Berry Mystique tank leotard with black sequinz accent, black nylon/spandex trim and racer back. Includes matching hair scrunchie.

Classic Scoop Back Tank Gymnastics Leotard E2001 features a side panel of the GK Exclusive Print Berry Zany Zebra nylon/spandex and Berry Hologram sequinz. Athletic Tank Gymnastics Leotard E2004 is a racer back Black nylon/spandex gymnastics leotard with athletic Berry cover stitch details. Two Tone Flame Tank Gymnastics Leotard 3621 is a classic tank gymnastics leotard in Berry and Black Mystique. 

Which Berry Cool Leo is your favorite?

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Everyday Champion: Samantha G.

Samantha G. of Northwest Gymnastics in Harwinton, Connecticut recently wrote GK to tell us about the Special Edition GK gymnastics leotard she's wearing here.   Samantha said, "I had to get the leotard Svetlana Boguinskaia designed as soon as I found out that Svetlana would be at Camp Woodward the week I was going.  Svetlana was so sweet when she saw me in the leotard. She even told me I have nice form after we posed for pics. I love my Svetlana designed leotard. Thanks GK, for this amazing opportunity!"

We're so glad you love Svetlana's Legends leotard design.  You both look great!


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Zany Lime Gymnastics Leotards for Back to School 2012

Check out these zany lime gymnastic leotards for Back to School 2012!  Available through October 31, 2012. Perfect for practice and workouts at the gym!  First we have Asymmetrical Tank Gymnastics Leotard E1996 in Black Nylon/Spandex with striking Lime Zany Zebra Nylon/Spandex print panel highlighted with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. Open Back Gymnastics Tank Leotard E1995 is a Lime Zany Zebra Nylon/Spandex print tank gymnastics leotard with mid-back opening. 

ZigZag Trim Jeweled Tank Gymnastics Leotard 3698, is a classic tank gymnastics leotard with clear jewel accents on Black and Lemonlime Mystique fabric.  Tribal V-Neck Tank Gymnastics Leotard E1997 is a v-neck Lime Mystique gymnastics leotard with bold Black Mystique tribal side design and Black Nylon/Spandex neckline trim. Athletic T-Back Tank Gymnastics Leotard E1999 is a sporty Black Nylon/Spandex t-back gymnastics leotard with Lime Nylon/Spandex highlights and Lime cover stitch accents.

 

Click here to flip through the Back to School 2012 Catalog to shop for these gymnastics leotards and the rest of the Back to School Collection. 

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The GK Fashion Show Shines at the Olympic Trials!

GK Elite hosted our 3rd Annual Fashion Show at the Gymnastics Olympic Trials in San Jose, California from June 28 to July 1.  The Show was held at the Village at Arena Green right outside the HP Pavilion where the competition was being held.  GK held not just one, but two Fashion Shows on Saturday and Sunday of the competition on the same stage that Kenny Loggins played at the post event celebration.

The models, who came from many different gyms across the U.S., strutted their stuff down the runway in a variety of elegant and bold leotards. The large crowd that flocked the Arena Green for the Show needed shades to block the light from not just the shining sun, but also the sparkling SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS that adorned these gymnastic leotards!

Five of GK Elite’s gymnastics lines, Legends, Women’s Special Order Competitive, IN STOCK, adidas, and SWAROVSKI Couture, were showcased at the event.  The Show began with the presentation of the Legends Leotards, which was created by five legendary Olympians, including Svetlana Boguinskaia, Kim Zmeskal, Shannon Miller, Amanda Borden and Carly Patterson.  An array of leotards from the Women’s Special Order Competitive, IN STOCK and adidas, embodied much of the Show.  However, the highlight of the GK Fashion Show was the grand finale of the SWAROVSKI Couture Leotards!  This line boasts four one-of-a-kind handcrafted leotards each worth around $5,000.  Up to 18,000 SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS adorned each of the Couture Leotards!

Paul Ziert, President and CEO of International Gymnast Magazine, enjoyed the GK Fashion Show from our VIP section.  After reflecting on the Show, he said, "I have always thought that artistic gymnastics should move closer to the fashion world, and Elite Sportswear continues to impress me with the various projects they do along this line.  At the Final Olympic Trials, Elite for the third year held a wonderful fashion show to introduce and celebrate their new line.  With models that truly represented the great sport of gymnastics, they entertained a standing-room-only crowd for 30 minutes with exciting music and bling beyond belief.  This new line captures the full range of styles and colors and should be a big hit for next season!"

 

 

 

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2012 Team USA Replica Gymnastics Leotards from Elite Sportswear

We can't wait any longer!  Elite Sportswear is pleased to announce - 10 days earlier than expected - the Everyday Champions Special Edition Catalog - patriotic gymnastics leotards inspired by Team USA!  We want to celebrate the everyday champions - the athletes who supported, cheered, and aspire to one day be... Team USA!

The Special Edition Catalog offers:

2012 TEAM USA Replica Gymnastic Leotards will be available for pre-booking immediately.  The catalog will be available August 13th - December 30th, 2012.

Even more reason to be proud - every gymnastics leotard in the Special Edition catalog is sewn and assembled in the USA. 

Shop the Everyday Champions catalog now for your authentic souvenir of the 2012 London Games!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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