A Party on the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions

The next couple of days will be a whirlwind for the gymnastics champions on the Kellogg's Tour.  Today, it's Kansas City, Missouri, then on to St. Louis, Missouri on Friday, October 19th, Memphis, Tennessee on Saturday, October 20th, and Lafayette, Louisiana on Sunday, October 21st.  They sure look like they are having a lot of fun though! GK, as the official supplier of the gymnastics apparel worn on the tour, had some fun with the costume design too - taking advantage of a departure from the standard gymnastics leotards.

To fit the party atmosphere of the show, Aly is rockin' out in a Berry Mystique halter top and Black and Berry gymnastic workout shorts.  There is a cute matching jacket as well.  All three pieces are embellished with Metallic Silver Crystals.

GK is proud to be the Official Supplier of Gymnastics Apparel for the Kellogg's Tour.

Visit the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions Website for ticket and tour information.

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Stick it for the Cause with a GK Pink Ribbon Gymnastics Leotard!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month - get your PINK gymnastics leotard now!  GK will contribute 5% of sales to Unite for HER.  Unite for HER is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing breast cancer programs and initiatives.  Sue Weldon, Founder of Unite for HER said, "Thank you again, GK, for partnering with us, aligning with our vision, and helping us reach or mission and outreach for Unite for HER."

GK offers three great gymnastics leotard styles IN STOCK and ready to ship for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Sequinz Ribbon Berry Leotard BCA25 is a classic tank gymnastics leotard with zig zag trim and features a sequinz ribbon. Pink Ribbon V-Neck Leotard BCA27 is a classic tank gymnastics leotard with pink ribbon back style lines.  Modern Pink Ribbon Tank Leotard BCA26 is an asymmetrical tank gymnastics leotard with modern pink ribbon side style lines.

Don't forget to pick up a coordinating sports bra and workout shorts.

Berry Sports Bra BCA23 is a workout sports bra with black nylon/spandex trim and custom Unite for HER logo. Perfect for layering under our Breast Cancer Awareness gymnastics leotards.

Black Workout Gymnastics Shorts BCA24 are black nylon/spandex workout shorts with custom Unite for HER logo.

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gymnastics leotard collection here.

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Introducing the Aly Raisman Signature Gymnastics Leotard Collection from GK

GK is excited to announce the launch of the Aly Raisman Signature Collection!  The first three gymnastics leotards designed by the 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist and GK Champion, are now available for purchase online!  Aly said, "I'm really excited to have my own gymnastics leotard collection with GK!  I have always loved fashion, so this is a dream come true.  I am looking forward to collaborating with GK on more leotard designs in the future.”      

GK proudly announced Raisman as an official GK Champion in April of 2012.  The initial gymnastics leotard line and subsequent collections will be the fruition of that relationship.  The whole GK family proudly cheered Aly on during the 2012 Summer Games and celebrated hers and Team USA's success.  As captain of Team USA, Aly helped bring home the coveted Gold Medal for the Team Finals.  In addition, she became the first American woman to receive the individual Gold Medal on floor exercise.  Aly also won an individual Bronze Medal on the beam.

The Aly Raisman Patriotic Gymnastics Leotard E2182 is a scoop back gymnastics leotard featuring patriotic red mystique, silver mystique, and ocean fusion hologram with striking wrap-around detail.  Aly Raisman Metallic Workout Gymnastics Leotard E2183 is a scoop neck gymnastics leotard with black mystique upper bodice, zig zag trim in gold, antique gold, and gold leaf mystique and solid black nylon/spandex body.  Aly Raisman V-Neck Gymnastics Leotard E2184 is a v-neck gymnastics leotard in alternating berry and black nylon/spandex featuring clear jeweled accents.

Kelly McKeown, Executive Vice President of Corporate Relations & Design at GK said, "It has been a pleasure for our team to work with Aly on her gymnastics leotard collection.  She has a distinctive, creative vision on the styling of her leotard designs and approaches her collection with consideration to a variety of looks which range from sporty to elegant.  Aly's collection combines her love for gymnastics and her passion for fashion."

Flip through the Aly Raisman Signature Collection catalog here!

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GKids Gymnastics Apparel for Holiday 2012

Designed specifically for little gymnasts, GKids gymnastics leotards and new gymnastics workout shorts are adorable, bright, and comfy!  Each style is made with our super soft, no itch fabrics and GK's superior fit.  GKids offers adorable style at reasonable prices. 

Scoop Back Biketard E2105 is a berry nylon/spandex and lime zany zebra nylon/spandex print biketard.  Bow Back Gymnastics Leotard E2103 is a berry nylon/spandex and lime zany zebra nylon/spandex print leotard with berry velvet binding and fun bow back detail. Scoop Back Tank Leotard E2108 is a grape nylon/spandex leotard with fun purple gumballs nylon/spandex with foil midriff detail and clear SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS jeweled neckline. Gumball Bow Back Biketard E2109 is a grape nylon/spandex and purple gumballs nylon/spandex with foil biketard with berry velvet binding and fun bow back detail.

Sequinz Star Biketard E2106 is a black velvet and berry nylon/spandex biketard with lime zany zebra nylon/spandex print straps and black hologram sequinz star.  Gumball Tank Leotard E2107 is a purple gumballs nylon/spandex with foil leotard with grape nylon/spandex shoulders and berry velvet empire detail. Boys Competition Shirt 1833M features unique V shape design on sides, shown here in black and white nylon/Spandex with and red Tech Mesh.  Coordinating Boy's Gymnastics Short 1818M are slightly longer in length and come to mid thigh.  Jeweled Gymnastics Leotard E2104 is a black nylon/spandex and lime zany zebra nylon/spandex print leotard with berry nylon/spandex design featuring SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. 


 

Shop these GKids styles, including coordinating shorts and doll leos here.

Flip through the 2012 Holiday Online Catalog here.

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Week Two of GK's Go-for-Gold Gymnastics Giveaway Underway

We are three days in to Week Two of the Go-for-Gold Gymnastics Giveaway - your chance to win an autographed set of Dominique Moceanu's Go-for-Gold Gymnasts books series.  Have you sent in your Balancing Act cover recreation wearing your favorite GK gymnastics leotard?  There's still time!  Check out a couple of great entries we've already received.

Gabby R. from Altius Gymnastics in Franklin, Wisconsin sent in this cute shot on her pink balance beam.  Gabby said, "My favorite GK leotards are animal prints and the Nastia Liukin Gold Medal Collection!"

Emily L. from Mountain Brook Gymnastics in Birmingham, Alabama sent in a picture of herself in her sister's vintage GK leotard.  Emily said, "We have about 30 GK leotards in our house and they are all fabulous!" 

Thank you Emily!  There's always room for more!  Check out the 2012 Holiday Collection available now. 

Get in on the fun and send us your recreation of the cover of Balancing Act.

1.  Put on your most favorite GK gymnastics leotard
2.  Recreate the cover of Balancing Act
3.  Snap a photo of your cover shot
4.  Upload your photograph to the GK Gymnastics Blog2.

Photographs for Week Two - Balancing Act will be accepted through October 14th at midnight!  Good luck!

Click here to learn more about Dominique Moceanu.

Click here for the Go-for-Gold Challenge Official Rules & Regulations.

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More Winning Team Cover Shots!

Week One of the Go-for-Gold Giveaway by GK and Dominique Moceanu was awesome!  Week two is underway! Visit the GK Gymnastics Blog for details on the this week's Go-for-Gold challenge Balancing Act.  Check out these great cover shot recreations...

On the left is Marie C. from Glendale Gymnastics in Vienna, West Virginia sporting her first team GK gymnastics leotard.  On the right is Delaney D. from Ventura, California who trains at Monarchs National Gymnastics Center.  Delaney said, "I received this Shawn Johnson gymnastics leotard as a gift and it's my absolute favorite! I wear it all the time because Shawn Johnson is my inspiration!" 

For styles similar to the ones in these great shots - visit our In Stock Catalog for a wide variety of tank workout gymnastics leotards.  If Shawn Johnson inspires you or your gymnast - be sure to check out her latest 2012 Holiday gymnastic leotards.

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Week One of GK's Go-for-Gold Giveaway Underway

This is the first week of GK's Go-for-Gold Giveaway!  Have you sent in your cover shot? Check out these awesome entries received so far. 

Nicole V. from Marion, Ohio sent in this photo of  herself in her Mid-Ohio Gymnastics team leotard which is from GK's current In Stock gymnastics leotard catalog.

ZigZag Trim Tank Leotard 3637 is a classic tank leotard made with Imperial Purple Mystique and Silver Sparkle Hologram fabrics with brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. 

Congratulations Nicole on your 2012 Spring State Level 4 AA win!

Kailey G. from Bright Stars in Egg Harbor Township, NJ sent in this dramatic recreation of the cover of Dominique Moceanu's first book in the Go-for-Gold Series, Winning Team.

Kailey said, "I received this GK gymnastics leotard for Christmas in 2010 and it was one of my absolute favorites!  It is from the Shawn Johnson winter collection and I insisted on wearing it for my personalized photos in 2011.  I was a USAG gymnast and now I am a USAIGC team member!" 

Thank you Kailey! 

Check out the just released Holiday/Winter 2012 Shawn Johnson collection here.

Feeling inspired?  Send us your recreation of the cover of Winning Team

1.  Put on your most favorite GK gymnastics leotard
2.  Recreate the cover of Winning Team
3.  Snap a photo of your "cover" shot
4.  Upload your photograph to the GK Gymnastics Blog here.

Photographs for Week One - Winning Team will be accepted through October 7th at midnight!  Good luck!

 

Click here for the Go-for-Gold Challenge Official Rules & Regulations.

Stay tuned to the GK Gymnastics Blog for your next chance to win!

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GK Everyday Champion: Brittany F.

GK Everyday Champion Brittany F. from Chester, Illinois sports her gymnastics leotard that she wears when competing for the Triple T Twisters.  Brittany said, "My red, white & blue competition leotard is very bling bling, stylish and catches the judges eyes!  Not only all that, it is also very comfortable to compete in."

Thank you Brittany!  We think you look fabulous in your Sharp Accept Gymnastics Leotard 4840A02.  Brittany's Red Mystique, White Sparkle, and Navy Mystique gymnastics leotard features a scoop neckline with a sharp pattern accenting the left shoulder and a scoop back.  The "bling bling" is provided by clear SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS along the style lines.

Choose any fabric and any color combination to design a GK Competitive Gymnastics Leotard with your own custom look. Add your team name or logo in your choice of jewels, embroidery or imprinting. Check out the 2012 Women's Competitive Catalog for design ideas and inspiration.  Need help? Find your local GK Sales Representative here!

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New from GK - GymTek Gymnastics Training Pullover & Capri Pant

New for 2012 Holiday - the GymTek Gymnastics Training Pullover & Capri - high performance workout apparel for the serious gymnast. 

GymTek Training Pullover 3701 & GymTek Training Capri 3702 feature:

  • Tagless technology eliminating the itching and scratching caused by tags
  • Media Pocket, equipped with earphone opening, perfect for keeping your media player in place while warming up
  • Pullover hood featuring an opening for your ponytail to comfortably fit through the back of our hoodie
  • Fashionable thumbholes in the cuffs keep your sleeves in place while you warm-up or layer with your favorite warm-up jacket
  • GK's exclusive StretchTek compression fabric feels great and keeps you cool and dry
  • Tech Mesh inserts in the capri keep you cool, while flatlock seams eliminate internal thread and fabric bulk

Both pieces are Made in the USA and are guaranteed in time for December 25, 2012. (Orders must be received by December 7, 2012 and shipped within the continental United States.)

Need a GymTek gymnastics leotard or gymnastics shorts to go with your new pullover and capri?  Shop the entire GymTek gymnastics apparel line here.

Shop for all of the gymnasts on your list with the awesome selection of gymnastics leotards in the 2012 Holiday Workout Essentials Catalog

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GK Custom Creations in Action on Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Next stop for the Fierce Five and company on the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions is Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on Thursday, October 4th.  Will you be there?  You'll be one of the lucky ones to see this beautiful custom leotard creation for part of the show. 

Aly Raisman, Olympic Gold Medalist & GK Champion, is seen here in this one sleeved, scoop neck GK gymnastics leotard with a modified sweetheart neckline.  It is made with White Nylon/Spandex, Natural Mesh, and White Chiffon on the skirt and under the sleeve that emphasize the graceful movements of of a gymnastic champion.  Clear SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS are scattered along the front and back style line for a dazzling effect under the lights. 

 

Photo: John Cheng

GK is proud to be the Official Supplier of Gymnastics Apparel for the Kellogg's Tour.  Visit the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions Website for ticket and tour information.

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US Consumer Orders Over $80 Are Shipped for Free Every Day by GK

Did you know that GK offers free shipping on US consumer orders over $80 every day?  You don't have to wait for that one day a year to pick out and order a new gymnastics leotard or two and get free shipping from GK!* 

Why not shop our current catalogs to find your new favorite gymnastics leotards that GK will ship free to you today?*

Hurry to get your Back to School gymnastics leotards before they're gone on October 31, 2012.

Everyday Champions - GK's Gymnastics Special Edition Catalog featuring gymnastics leotards inspired by Team USA - Available now through December 30, 2012.

Just released Holiday 2012 workout leotard essentials with the new GymTek pullover & capri featuring state of the art technical features.

And don't forget the 2012 Women's Competitive Catalog.

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*Offer valid for U.S. Consumer Accounts on www.gkelite.com only.  Shipping will be Fed-Ex Ground.

 

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Holiday 2012 Gymnastics Leotard Workout Essentials from GK!

Less than 100 days 'till the Holidays!  The GK Holiday 2012 Workout Essentials Catalog is now available to get your shopping started early for all of the gymnasts on your list!  We selected our top selling leotards to give you over 20 styles guaranteed in time for December 25, 2012. (Orders must be received by December 7, 2012 and shipped within the continental United States). Look for the gift box next to the top selling gymnastics leotards.  Order now to make sure you get everything on your wish list!

Need some ideas?

  • New GymTek Products - pullover & capri featuring state of the art features
  • GKids! - more leotard styles to pick from, including new coordinating workout gymnastics shorts and doll leo
  • Value Gymnastics Leotard Tanks - always a perfect gift - only $29.99
  • Nastia Gold Medal Collection - six all new gymnastics leotards, designed by Nastia
  • Shawn Johnson Collection - fabulous prints in six new gymnastics leotard styles, designed by Shawn
  • 36 all new GK leotard styles featuring exclusive prints, SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, and Sequinz

Click here to flip through the Holiday 2012 Workout Essentials Catalog online.

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What's Your Favorite Kellogg's Tour Costume by GK?

Being the official supplier of gymnastics apparel for the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions is an awesome opportunity for GK leotard designers to showcase their unmatched creativity.  This stunning Red Nylon/Spandex halter top gymnastics leotard with an airy Red Chiffon skirt is a perfect example.  Anna Li is stunning in this costume from the show.  Some lucky fans got up close to see the delicate and dazzling brilliance of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS on the bodice and back of the garment.

Have you been at one of the Kellogg's Tour stops?  What's your favorite GK gymnastics leotard or costume on the floor?  Tell us about it!

Next stop for the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions is Minneapolis, Minnesota on Thursday, October 11th.  Visit the official Kellogg's Tour website for information and tickets. 

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Greenville Gymnastics Gorgeous in GK!

The athletes at Greenville Gymnastics were very excited when the box carrying their new GK competition leotards arrived at their gym in McKenzie, Alabama - and it was love at first sight!  Lauren Smith, Owner & Instructor at Greenville Gymnastics said, "I have never considered leotards from anywhere besides GK. They are always of the highest quality. My gymnasts love that they get to help design their competition leotards. It makes the leotard special!  There are lots of decisions to be made, but in the end, I always know that the result is going to look fantastic! Amanda Banks, our GK Sales Representative, was amazing to work with and always willing to help with any questions that I had!" 

The girls from Greenville look gorgeous in their special order GK Fierce Asymmetrical Gymnastics Leotard 9557 from the 2012 Women's Competitive Catalog.  The fabric combination of White Sparkle, Steel Mystique, and Orangeade Sparkle is beautifully accented with Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS along select style lines.

Good luck this season girls.  Go Greenville!

Looking for new gymnastics leotards for this competitive season?  Look no further than GK's 2012 competitive Catalog for your Infinite Possibilities.

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The Go-for-Gold Challenge! Submit Your Unexpected Twist Cover Shot!

Show us your skills for Week Four of The Go-for-Gold Challenge!  This week's challenge to win an autographed set of The Go-for-Gold Gymnasts book series is to send us your best recreation of the cover of Unexpected Twist by Dominique Moceanu and Alicia Thompson.

"I loved the bars.  There was something abut the stretched-out way my body felt, from the tops of my fingers to the point of my toes, that felt really awesome. I let go of the high bar, did a complete backflip in a layout position, and then grabbed the low bar.  For a split second while I was between the bars, it felt like I was flying."

Warm up your favorite flip and remember to point your toes!

1.  Put on your most favorite GK gymnastics leotard
2.  Recreate the cover of Unexpected Twist
3.  Snap a photo of your cover shot
4.  Upload your photograph to the GK Gymnastics Blog here.

Click here for the Go-for-Gold Challenge Official Rules & Regulations.

Photographs for Week Four - Unexpected Twist High will be accepted through October 28th at midnight!  Good luck!

Click here to learn more about Dominique!

Click here for more information about The Go-for-Gold Gymnasts: Unexpected Twist

Stay tuned to the GK Gymnastics Blog to see if you are a winner!

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The Go-for-Gold Challenge! Submit Your Reaching High Cover Shot!

Ready the runway for Week Three of The Go-for-Gold Challenge!  This week's challenge to win an autographed set of The Go-for-Gold Gymnasts book series is to send us your best recreation of the cover of Reaching High by Dominique Moceanu and Alicia Thompson.

"This time, when I launched into my front handspring, I was kind of angry, and so I pushed the floor with my hands, as if I were pushing someone away.  My feet pounded the springy mat, making a satisfying thunk, and then I felt my body lifting almost on its own, curling instinctively into a tight little ball and doing two rotations in the air before I floated down into the pit."

Show us your high reaching skills!

1.  Put on your most favorite GK gymnastics leotard

2.  Recreate the cover of Reaching High.

3.  Snap a photo of your cover shot

4.  Upload your photograph to the GK Gymnastics Blog here.

Photographs for Week Three - Reaching High will be accepted through October 21st at midnight!  Good luck!

Click here to learn more about Dominique!

Click here for more information about The Go-for-Gold Gymnasts: Reaching High

Click here for the Go-for-Gold Challenge Official Rules & Regulations.

Stay tuned to the GK Gymnastics Blog for your final chance to win!

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The Go-for-Gold Challenge! Submit Your Balancing Act Cover Shot!

Be sure to stretch out for Week Two of The Go-for-Gold Challenge!  This week's challenge to win an autographed set of The Go-for-Gold Gymnasts book series is to send us your best recreation of the cover of Balancing Act by Dominique Moceanu and Alicia Thompson.

"I loved the feeling of mastering a difficult skill that I'd been working on for a while. I loved the smell of foam mats and chalk and sweat.  I loved the sound of the springs in the beam as I landed a jump. I might not have had much of a life outside the gym, but when gymnastics meant everything, who needed anything else?"

Time to channel your inner Noelle!

1.  Put on your most favorite GK gymnastics leotard

2.  Recreate the cover of Balancing Act

3.  Snap a photo of your cover shot

4.  Upload your photograph to the GK Gymnastics Blog here.

"I would have flipped over this series when I was a girl!" - Joan Holub, coauthor of the Goddess Girl series. 

Photographs for Week Two - Balancing Act will be accepted through October 14th at midnight!  Good luck!

Click here to learn more about Dominique!

Click here for more information about The Go-for-Gold Gymnasts: Balancing Act

Click here for the Go-for-Gold Challenge Official Rules & Regulations.

Stay tuned to the GK Gymnastics Blog for your next chance to win!

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GK Gymnastics Leotards in Action on The Kellogg's Tour

Next stop on the Kellogg's Tour - the Maverick Center in West Valley City, Utah on September 27!   If you are going - you'll see this GK gymnastics leotard showcased by the likes of the Fierce Five and other cast members in a group number.  It is a patriotic, long sleeved, classic gymnastics leotard reminiscent of the 2012 USA Gymnastics leotard from the summer games. 

The Stars & Stripes summer games leotard was - by far - the favorite among fans who tweeted and blogged about their love of the nostalgic design with a modern twist.  The fact that they are Made in the USA makes them that much better. 

The Kellogg's Tour version of the Stars & Stripes leo is a sublimated print on tricot fabric.  

Check out Aly Raisman below in one of her beautiful poses from her Gold Medal winning floor routine.

You can have a GK leo with the same stylized stars & stripes design - just check out AS429 Pride in the Everyday Champions Special Edition catalog. 

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The Go-for-Gold Challenge! Submit Your Winning Team Cover Shot!

Are you ready for the first week of The Go-for-Gold Challenge?  This week's challenge to win an autographed set of The Go-for-Gold Gymnasts book series is to submit your best recreation of the cover of Winning Team by Dominique Moceanu and Alicia Thompson.

"I took a deep breath and prepared for my pass. . . . I ran as fast as I could, my arms pumping as my instincts took over, and then I was leaping into a round-off to a back handspring. I could feel the momentum in my body, and I knew I would pull it through before my feet even left the ground - a full twisting double somersault."

Feeling inspired?

1.  Put on your most favorite GK gymnastics leotard

2.  Recreate the cover of Winning Team

3.  Snap a photo of your "cover" shot

4.  Upload your photograph to the GK Gymnastics Blog here.

"Winning Team takes you to the heart of competitive gymnastics, while also teaching meaningful life lessons that transcend sports.  Girls everywhere will enjoy this book as much as I did." - Kerri Strug, Olympic Gold Medalists, U.S. Women's Gymnastics.

Photographs for Week One - Winning Team will be accepted through October 7th at midnight!  Good luck!

Click here to learn more about Dominque!

Click here for more information about The Go-for-Gold Gymnasts: Winning Team.

Click here for the Go-for-Gold Challenge Official Rules & Regulations.

Stay tuned to the GK Gymnastics Blog for your next chance to win!

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GK and Dominique Moceanu Announce The Go-for-Gold Challenge

GK and Dominique Moceanu are excited to announce The Go-for-Gold Challenge!  Dominique Moceanu, 1996 Olympic Champion, mother of two, gymnastics clinician, choreographer, motivational speaker, and author has graciously supplied GK with four sets of her Go-for-Gold Gymnasts series and GK wants to give them away to four lucky fans!  

Beginning on October 1, 2012, there will be four chances to win a complete set of The Go-for-Gold Gymnast book series with each book autographed by Dominique!  How? GK fans will be challenged to:

  • Put on your most favorite GK gymnastics leotard
  • Recreate the cover of that week's featured book
  • Snap a photo of your "cover" shot
  • Upload your photograph to the GK Gymnastics Blog

Even if you don't win a set of autographed books - you may be featured on our blog, Facebook page, or Twitter account in your GK gymnastics leotard!  Click here for the Go-for-Gold Challenge Official Rules & Regulations.

In The Go-for-Gold Gymnast series, gymnastics fans will get to know Britt, the fearless dynamo whose mouth is sometimes too fast for her brain; Noelle, the quiet daughter of Romanian immigrants who sacrifices everything for gymnastics, making her the hardest worker of all the girls; Jessie, the powerhouse who starts to question her devotion to gymnastics as other demands interfere with her training; and Christina, the graceful, but sassy gymnast who is sidelined by an injury and forced to think about the role gymnastics plays in her life.  Over the course of four books, the girls commit themselves to the sport and to each other as they actively pursue their gymnastics dreams.  GK had a great opportunity to speak with Dominique about the story behind her book venture.

GK:  What inspired you to write this book series?

DM:  It’s hard to pick one factor.  The idea came to me when I was pregnant with my first child.  Children were on my mind more than ever, so I was inspired to create a gymnastics book series that would be entertaining, but not be too removed from the gymnastics world.  My co-author, Alicia Thompson, reached out in 2006.  While she was never a gymnast, she’s been a fan of the sport since childhood.  Our inspiration got a big boost when Disney Hyperion loved our synopsis and signed us on as a team!  It was exciting to use some of my experiences to shape events that went into the novels. The creative process has been inspiring as well.  I love using words to create images and plot structures.  I also found inspiration in the many good books that I’ve read, from my fans, from my husband who encourages me, and from my children who inspire me.  Just like any big dream, there have been a lot of inspirational moments along the way!  After seven years of hard work, the dream of The Go-for-Gold Gymnasts series came true!

GK:  What do you think your readers will like the most about the series?

DM:  I believe most people will find the series interesting and inspiring because throughout the four-part series, readers will see the world through the eyes of each of the four main characters.  The importance of friendship is a theme that runs through all four books, and friendship is full of hilarious moments, so readers are sure to connect with the stories.  There are serious strands to the storyline like body image, fear, and disappointment.  We didn’t want to create a fluffy account of the sport, so there are authentic issues addressed that are unique to the gymnastics world.  We delve into realities of elite gymnastics training, cliques in the gym, overuse injuries, jealousy, and touch on the social sacrifices many elite gymnasts make to achieve their dreams.

GK:  How much of Dominique Moceanu, the gymnast, in the series?

DM:  In creating the characters, I asked myself a lot of questions about who the characters were.  Brittany is the main character in Book #1.  I relate to her on several levels.  She’s a bubbly tween with a touch of sass.  She’s fearless when it comes to throwing big skills, and she longs for acceptance when she leaves her gym in Ohio to train in Texas.  I have a connection to all of the characters, but Noelle (Book #2), is the daughter of Romanian immigrants, so I believe I’m the closest to her.

Click here to learn more about Dominque!

Stay tuned to the GK Gymnastics Blog for your first chance to win!

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