Everyday Champion: Alexis F.

Everyday Champion Alexis F., a 10-year old gymnast who competes for Folkerts Gymnastics in Great Bend, KS, loves her GK Breast Cancer Leo!  Alexis says she wore this GK leotard for her Grandma Stutzman who is a breast cancer survivor.  It was the perfect GK leo to give her a competitive mindset at the 2012 Cornhusker Games at Capitol City Gymnastics in Lincoln, NE.  At the Cornhusker Games, Alexis placed first in the Level 3 All-Around, as well as first in some individual events.  Way to go, Alexis!

If you want to show your support for a good cause, check out our GK Chic Pink Ribbon Workout Leo (Style BCA31).  This chic black scoop gymnastics leo is adorned with a sparkling pink breast cancer ribbon in SEQUINZ transfer.  With your purchase, GK will contribute 5% of sales to Unite for HER, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing breast cancer programs and initiatives.

Like Alexis, you can choose from GK's Breast Cancer Awareness Collection and select your favorite GK leotard or gymnastics apparel to support Unite for HER!

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Parkettes Looking Pretty in GK at the 2013 U.S. Classic

The gymnasts of the Parkettes National Gymnastics Training Center, located in Allentown, PA, looked amazing in their GK leotards as they competed at the 2013 U.S. Secret Classic in Chicago, IL, on July 27th.  The Classic showcased some of the nation's most talented gymnasts and served as the final qualifier to the 2013 P&G U.S. Championships which will be held in Hartford, CT, from August 15-18.

The Parkettes created a custom design leo, shown above, in Orangeade Sparkle and White Mystique with Gold Mystique accent on the front, back and sleeves.  To really make them stand out, they artfully adorned the leotard with shimmering Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.

If you like the Parkettes look from Classics, you will love our Sohisticated Compeition Leotard (Style 7565)!  This long sleeve gymnastics competitive leotard features a V neck & back with sophisticated style lines on upper body and lower sleeves and offers a variety of jeweling options.  You can change the fabric and color combinations of this GK Special Order Leotard or add your team name or logo to fit your unique style.

With their GK Triple Stripe Gymnastics Warm-Up Jackets (Style 8790), the Parkettes' look was complete!  This GK fitted gymnastics warm-up jacket has a triple stripe on the chest and a wide sleeve stripe.  Like the Parkettes, you can change the fabric and color combinations, add embellishments, and add your team name or logo in jewels, sequinz, embroidery or imprinting to truly make it your own. 

Shop all of our GK Special Order Long Sleeve Leotards and Special Order Fitted Warm-Ups so you can look as good as you compete the next time you step on the floor!

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Gabrielle Douglas Designs in Back to School Workout Essentials 2013

GK Champion and 2012 All-Around Olympic Champion, Gabrielle Douglas has worked with us here at GK to design her own collection for Back to School 2013. Start off this school year with one of her fresh looks in gymnastic apparel!

 

Bring on the shine! Our Gabby Douglas Seaglass Sparkle E2320 is a beautiful criss cross back leotard with bold side style lines and a V neck lined in Black Mystique. A gorgeously designed Gabby Sangria Swirl Workout Leo E2323 is another great choice for fall. This V neck leotard features Sangria Mystique and Ocean Mystique fabrics with striking side panel design highlighted in Silver Hologram Sequinz. Our Gabrielle Imperial Purple Tank Leo E2319 is the perfect choice! The scoop neck racerback tank leo offers a striking wrap around design featuring Clear SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS for added sparkle.

Shake things up a little with bright colors and prints. GK's Gabby Douglas Mystical Leotard E2318 is a fun print gymnastic leo with asymmetrical neckline and Violet Slither Hologram along side style lines. A spin on our classic V neck, our Gabby Sporty Lime Workout Leotard E2321 is a bright way to freshen up your gymnastics apparel. This sporty, sleek V neck features a unique Techmesh insert and Clear SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS along neckline. It consists of black side accents and a V back with Techmesh in criss cross pattern. Our last but not least style is the Gabby Douglas Blue Raspberry Leo E2322 an artistic design in Blue Raspberry Mystique with flowing Grape Mystique ribbon details. This layout includes Sterling Silver Mystique accents on shoulder strap and side. All Gabby styles include a matching hair scrunchie.

Shop our Gabrielle Douglas Collection today. Hurry, these styles won't last long!

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Vanasia Bradley Looking Elegant in GK at US Classic

This year's US Classic showed the hottest looks in GK gymnastics competitive apparel. GK has manufactured more competitive wear than any other company in the industry. From National Teams to Olympic champions, GK has outfitted more gymnasts than any other company. We know gymnastics, we are GK!

Vanasia Bradley from Splitz Gymnastics in Canton, MI prepares for her balance beam performance in the photo above in her GK Elegant Wave Competition Leotard 7470. This boat neck long sleeve gymnastics leotard features a rolling wave pattern on bodice and cuffs. This unique scoop back design  is made with Red Nylon/Spandex and Black Iced Velvet for a bold look. Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS trace the style lines and neckline. Fabric and color combinations can be customized to your preference, and team logo or name may be embroidered, jeweled, or imprinted on garment.

Join some of the nation's top athletes and shop GK's Gymnastics Apparel today and be prepared for your next performance!

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Kyla Shares Secrets to Success Before Championships

So much is going on in the world of gymnastics lately, especially for Kyla Ross, a 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist and GK Competitive Catalog Model. Kyla Ross recently claimed the title in the All-Around and second place in the balance beam in July's 2013 Secret U.S. Classic, in Chicago, IL. We were thrilled to have the chance to talk with her about her recent gymnastics success and see how she is feeling about her future. Enjoy our question and answer session with Kyla who represents Gym Max out of Aliso Viejo, CA and learn about her secrets to success before she competes at Championships.

1. What have you done to prepare for Championships and how do you feel you are ready? I have continued to work on consistency and some upgrades while also increasing my stamina. I feel the extra weeks since Classics have been really helpful!

2. Are you on any special diet in preparation for Championships? Are there any recommended foods to maintain your stamina?  I  have always  incorporated a lot of fruits and vegetables in my diet along with healthy protein.  The one thing I must say is that I never skip meals and I always have a light snack handy so that I never get hungry.  I always try to stay very hydrated with water rather than flavored drinks.  When competitions are approaching I do like to be more disciplined and make a conscious effort to eat clean and limit treats!

3. How many hours a day do you spend training? I normally train about 4-5 hours per day, 6 days a week

4.  What is the best advice you can give someone to remain confident about their performance at Championships? To relax and rely on all the hours of hard training and preparation in the gym. The last few days before the meet its all about fine-tuning, as well as mentally staying focused.

5. What do you love about your gymnastics apparel designs you will wear from GK for the competition?  I am excited to wear the two GK leotards that I chose for Championships.  They are both so different and not my typical selection.  My day-one leo design is a Black and Berry Mystique leotard with a key hole back and higher neckline which I thought gives it a fun retro look. My day-two leotard is Nude Mesh and Red Mystique which has a very elegant look.

6. Have you tried our Under Armour® styles yet? If so, what do you think?  Yes, I have tried several of the Under Armour leotards and love them. Because I have a long torso I rely on a nice snug fit so several of the new leotards are very comfortable for me! I particularly like the one called "Perseverance", it's nylon and mystique which is a great combination for practice wear for me! I really like the color combination too, silver and turquoise. Comfort and fit is very important to me, so these leotards work really well! I also really liked the new Under Armour apparel used for our recent international assignments this spring, as well as our competition leotards.

7.  What are your goals for this year? My goals for this year are to continue working hard and upgrading my gymnastics skills. I would very much like to represent USA at World Championships in Belgium in October.

8. What do you like to do to wind down and relax after training?  To wind down and relax after training I like to read, watch TV, shop, go to the beach and hang out with my friends. I also enjoy spending time with my family.

Above, Kyla is wearing our Freedom SWAROVSKI Leotard 1002 from our Ultimate Brilliance Collection. This beautiful classic leo features 1,653 Clear, Brilliance, and Silver Metallic, and classic round SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. Shop our entire Ultimate Brilliance Collection to see even more sparkling designs! We send Kyla well wishes as she prepares for her competition at this year's P&G National Championships! The competition officially begins with the Women's Preliminaries at 1:00pm on Thursday, August 15th at the XL Center in Hartford, CT. Read more about Kyla's title at this years Secret U.S. Classics here.

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Twin City Twisters in GK Designs at US Secret Classic

Twin City Twisters based out of Champlin, MN competed recently at the Secret US Classic, represented by Senior Elite gymnast, Maggie Nichols, and Junior Elite gymnast, Abby Paulson. The US Classic featured some of the top women gymnasts while they prepared for the US Gymnastics Championships and for some qualified to move forward into the event.

 

The photo above features Abby Paulson as she prepares for her beam routine during warm ups. She is wearing GK's Cascading Ribbon Gymnastics Leotard 7557 a gorgeous V neck competitive gymnastics leo made with Sangria Mystique, Berry Mesh, and White Sparkle fabrics. The feathered pattern and sleeves are adorned with Clear SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS for a glimmering effect and a white thread embroidered logo to show Twin City Twisters team's name.

 

 

On the right, Maggie Nichols shows off her floor routine and GK's Stunning Flame Competition Leo 9542 brightly designed in Lime, Azure, and Black Mystique. This boat neck leo features a fierce flame two toned design across bodice and back. Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS accent this garment and highlight bold style lines.

 

Do you love this team's look? Shop our Women's Long Sleeve Competitive Leotards today! Stay tuned for even more eye catching looks at Classics!

 

 

 

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Megan Skaggs Stands Out at US Classic in GK

GK attended The US Secret Classic on July 27th, the qualifier for the P&G National Championships. We were so excited to be a part of this event and to witness some of the most talented athletes in gymnastics.

One of the participating gyms, The Gymnastics Academy of Atlanta was represented by Megan Skaggs, a junior international elite gymnast training under coaches Irina Podgornaya and Jacobo Giron. Skaggs is wearing the gorgeous Dramatic Asymmetrical Competition Leo 9562. This ornate long sleeve gymnastics competition leo is designed in Sapphire Slither, Seaglass Sparkle, and Berry and Lemon Lime Mystique fabrics. This scoop back leo features a bold flowing design accented with Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. If you love this unforgettable design, you will love GK's selection of Special Order Competition Leotards.

Get a sneak peek at some of our leo designs to be worn at the P&G Championships here.

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Aly Raisman and Coco Take Over Union Square Park at the IAMS So Good! Event!

Two-time Olympic Medalist Aly Raisman was one of three celebrity guests at an event for dog lovers and their pets hosted by IAMS So Good! in Union Square Park!  This event, held in New York City on Tuesday, July 30, raised awareness about what really goes into the dog food that pet owners are feeding their furry friends and promoted IAMS' newest product, So Good!, made especially for dogs from 100% wholesome ingredients.

Along with Nick Cannon and his Jack Russel Terrier, The Reverend Pow Jackson, and celebrity chef Art Smith and his dog Cochon, gymnast Aly Raisman and her adorable pooch Coco spent time with their fellow dog lovers in the open air of Union Square Park.  Aly said she wasn't the only one enjoying the celebration!  She told examiner.com, "Coco loves New York, it's such a gorgeous day, she just hates when I have to leave without her, sometimes I even catch her jumping into my suitcase!"

Unlike Aly, Coco isn't quite as accustomed to being in the spotlight!  Since medaling at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Aly has gotten used to flashing cameras coming her way.  She told us that poor Coco was shaking so much while camera after camera snapped her picture! 

Get the whole story on the IAMS So Good! event that Aly Raisman appeared at as a celebrity guest by clicking here!  Also, be sure to check out the Alexandra Raisman Collection to see all of her exclusive GK leotards!

 

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Simone Biles Rocks GK's Striking Wave Leo at Classics

Simone Biles of Bannon's Gymnastix in Houston, TX showed off some of her new skills at the 2013 US Secret Classics in Chicago, IL on July 27th. In 2012, Simone was the Junior National Champion on the vault and won a bronze medal in the all-around competition.

Above, Simone presents her floor routine in her GK scoop back Striking Wave Competition Leo 9546. This attractive swirl patterned gymnastics leotard is stylishly designed with Berry and Sterling Silver Mystique along with White Slither and Azure Sparkle fabrics. The overlapping wave design is traced with Fuchsia and Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS and spells out Bannon's gym name down the sleeve.

Are you looking for a bold yet classic look for your next competition? You have to see our Special Order Women's Competitive Leotards.

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WOGA Wows at 2013 Secret U.S. Classic in GK

World Olympic Gymnastics Academy (WOGA) gymnasts didn't just wow their competitors and fans with their performances, but also mesmerized them with their dazzling GK leotards at the 2013 Secret U.S. Classic.  The Classic was held on Saturday, July 27th in Chicago, IL.

WOGA, co-founded by former Olympic Gymnastics Champion Valeri Liukin and World Sports Acrobatics Champion Yevgeny Marchenko, is one of the largest and most successful training centers worldwide.  Olympic All Around Gold Medalists Carly Patterson (2004) and Nastia Liukin (2008) trained at WOGA.  WOGA's reputation was upheld at the Classic when their gymnasts made a strong showing.  Madison Kocian earned the second-highest score behind Kyla Ross on the senior level uneven bars.  Way to go, WOGA!

The girls looked unstoppable in their elegant GK custom design V neck and back long sleeve leos.  It's Red Mystique and Red Hot Mesh fabrics give it a competitive look, while the Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS on the sleeves, front and back add a touch of elegance.  They put their mark on their leotards by placing their logo on the right hip in Brilliance Crystals.

Do you like WOGA's custom creation?  We recommend checking out the GK Classy Sweetheart Competition Leotard (Style 7545).  This Special Order Competition Leo features a V neck and back and a gorgeous sweetheart style bodice.  In the image to the left, it is shown in Concord Mesh, Blue Raspberry Mystique and Concord Velvet and is adorned beautifully in Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.  To give it your own custom look, you can choose any fabric and any color combination or add your team name or logo in your choice of jewels, embroidery or imprinting.

Take a look at all of our GK Special Order Long Sleeve Leotards to find the perfect one for you.  Once you've found it, you can truly make it your own by designing it with your fabric and color combinations of choice!  To begin making your own custom design, like WOGA did for the Classic, contact your local GK US Gymnastics Sales Representative.

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Sisterly Love of Under Armour® Leotards

Young gymnasts and sisters, Isabella and Daniella "Dani" L. share the love for their new Under Armour® gymnastics leotards. They train in levels 3 & 4 at Paramount Elite Gymnastics in Van Nuys, CA and are very enthusiastic and determined individuals when it comes to the sport of gymnastics. Below Isabella appears in UA Motivation, and Dani shows off UA Power after a good workout. The girls love the comfort and fit of their new leos and can't wait to add to their collection.


 

Isabella is wearing UA Motivation 6304 the Under Armour® classic scoop neck gymnastics leotard with racerback featuring Imperial Purple Mystique body and Lemon Lime Mystique and Black Nylon/Spandex side wrap around styling. Daniella poses in UA Power 6302 a sporty gymnastics tank leotard with Bright Cherry Mystique body, Navy Techmesh shoulder and racerback and Navy Nylon/Spandex side inserts. Both leos come with their own matching hair scrunchie. Under Armour® styles are currently not available for international sales.

Have you seen the new Under Armour® Gymnastics Catalog? Shop the exclusive collection today!

 

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North Stars Shine Brilliantly at the 2013 U.S. Classic

North Stars Gymnastics Academy, located in Boonton, NJ, radiated throughout the arena in Ultimate Brilliance by Elite at the 2013 U.S. Classic.  The Classic was held in Chicago, IL, on July 27th and served as the final qualifier to the 2013 P&G U.S. Championships.

The North Stars gymnasts looked absolutely breathtaking as they competed in the GK Glamour SWAROVSKI Leotard (Style 1007).  This V back long sleeve gymnastics leotard epitomizes glamour.  Offered in Gold Leaf and Antique Gold Mystique, this modern leo features a Black Mesh inset with Gold Mystique underlay.  The body and sleeves are adorned with 1,251 Gold Brilliance, Metallic Gold and Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.

Glamour is just one of the leotards in the Ultimate Brilliance by Elite Collection, a solitary statement of elegance and brilliance.  Like all GK leotards, these leos are adorned with 100% SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.  On the competition floor, nothing shines more than the fire and brilliance of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, which is why GK uses only the best Austrian crystals with their patented cut to give the most shine.

The North Star gymnasts also caught the eyes of spectators and competitors alike in their GK Gym Warm-Up Jackets with Sporty Stripes (Style 8772).  As you can see in the picture to the right of the girls talking to their coach before the competition, this GK Special Order Fitted Warm-Up Jacket in White DryTech has sporty Black DryTech piping detail across the front chest and shoulders.  Like North Stars did on the back, your team can add your team name or logo in your choice of jewels, sequinz, embroidery or imprinting.

Be ready for your next competition by picking out your favorite GK Special Order Long Sleeve Leotard.  If you like the look that North Stars competed in at the Classic, be sure to take a look at all of our leotards in the Ultimate Brilliance by Elite Collection.  Don't forget to find your newest GK Special Order Fitted Warm-Ups so that you're ready from head to toe, on and off the floor!

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GK uses 100% SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS on every one of our competitive leotards.  These gems are the highest quality Austrian cut crystals making each GK performance leo the most gorgeous sparkling competitive wear around.  Nothing shines more than the fire and brilliance of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. - See more at: http://blog.gkelite.com/blog/choice-of-champions-gymnastics-blog/new-ultimate-brilliance-competition-looks-released#sthash.KiPEIUNX.dpuf
GK uses 100% SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS on every one of our competitive leotards.  These gems are the highest quality Austrian cut crystals making each GK performance leo the most gorgeous sparkling competitive wear around.  Nothing shines more than the fire and brilliance of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. - See more at: http://blog.gkelite.com/blog/choice-of-champions-gymnastics-blog/new-ultimate-brilliance-competition-looks-released#sthash.KiPEIUNX.dpuf
GK uses 100% SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS on every one of our competitive leotards.  These gems are the highest quality Austrian cut crystals making each GK performance leo the most gorgeous sparkling competitive wear around.  Nothing shines more than the fire and brilliance of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. - See more at: http://blog.gkelite.com/blog/choice-of-champions-gymnastics-blog/new-ultimate-brilliance-competition-looks-released#sthash.KiPEIUNX.dpuf
 

 

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GK Hosts 4th Annual Fashion Show at 2013 National Championships

The 49th Annual USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show is a three-day event held in conjunction with the National Championships providing a unique opportunity for demonstrations, presentations, and educational seminars on various topics and a large vendor exhibit offering vast business opportunities. GK is holding it's 4th Annual Fashion Show, scheduled to be held at the USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show on Thursday, August 15th at 10:15pm.  The Show will be held at the Society Room of Hartford at 31 Pratt Street, across the street and one block down from the XL Center where the US Gymnastics Championships will be held. 

The models for this year's fashion show have been selected from gyms in the local area. They will be walking the runway in GK gymnastics styles from:

- Competition Leotards

- Workout Tanks

- Warm-ups

- Under Armour® styles

- Debut of the Purple Petals Design, the winning Leo from the "Color Your Leo" contest hosted by USA Gymnastics. This leotard will feature Grape Mystique and Lavender Ice Mystique fabrics and sparkle with Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. Click here to read more about the winner, Julia Vedros, 11 year old level 6 gymnast and design of the winning style.

- 2013 Couture Collection including the "USA Gymnastics 50th Anniversary Leo". Read more here. Raffle tickets are available during the Fashion Show to win this extraordinary design.

*Seating is limited, so be sure to get there early so you won't miss a single style!

For a preview of some of the styles you might see in person at the fashion show check out GK's Special Order Long Sleeve Competition Leos today.

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Texas Dreams in GK At Classics

GK is a world leader in the design and manufacturing of gymnastics apparel. We have made more competitive wear than any other company in the industry. This past weekend, Junior and Senior Champions proudly wore our competitive gymnastics apparel at the U.S. Secret Classics held at the Sears Center Arena in Hoffman Estates, IL. Texas Dreams Gymnastics has grown to become the industry standard in gymnastics and one of the most successful gyms in Texas. It is currently home to National Team members, World Championship Team members, and many aspiring Olympians. Athletes from Texas Dreams including Bailie Key, Veronica Hults, and Grace Quinn competed in this years Secret U.S. Classic at the Junior level. Senior level artistic gymnasts included Peyton Ernst, Kennedy Baker, and Ariana Guerra.

Above is a photo taken at the 2013 Classics this past weekend of Kennedy Baker wearing an elegant custom competitive gymnastics leotard design. Beautifully decorated with Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, this leo sparkles in Antique Gold Mystique, Black and Red Slither, and Black Mesh creating a sweetheart neckline and swirled pattern across bodice.  Kennedy, is a member of the US Women's Senior National Team and placed third in the balance beam with her flexibility and advanced routine.

 

On the left, Grace Quinn, a Junior Championships Qualifier, warms up in her GK custom leo similar to the Senior Elite level gymnastic leotards, except this time with a Natural mesh neckline and sleeves. The team stood out in their dramatic sweetheart designed competition apparel and so did their extraordinary performances.

Do you love Texas Dreams' Classics look? Get started with your own design with our Design Studio where you can create a unique competition leotard that will set you above the rest. Your local gymnastics representative will be happy to assist you.

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Enter to Win a Gabby Douglas Prize Pack

GK Champion and All-Around Olympic Gold Medalist, Gabrielle Douglas is an inspiration to the gymnastics world! She has worked with us here at GK to design a line of her own Signature gymnastics leotards. Lucky for you, we are giving away a Gabby leo, grip bag and poster, each autographed by Gabrielle Douglas! This striking V neck leo from Gabby's Spring 2013 Signature Leotard Collection, is a size Child Large and is beautifully adorned in Clear jeweled accents.

 

How to enter:

Simply comment on this blog post, tell us about your passion for gymnastics and why Gabby is an inspiration to you.  We appreciate your patience as we monitor comments before they are posted. A winner will be randomly selected and announced on our blog at 12 noon on Friday, August 9th. 20 more randomly selected comments from fans on this blog will also be announced as winners of an autographed postcard from Gabby! Please check back periodically. We reserve the right to replace the winner by August 16th if we do not receive a response from the named winner that includes contact information. Good luck to all of you! We look forward to hearing your responses!

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GK Designs $5,000 Couture Leotard for USA Gymnastics 50th Anniversary

GK and SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS are pleased to announce the donation of the second gymnastics leotard from their couture collection.  In honor of the 50th Anniversary of USA Gymnastics, the proceeds from the charity raffle of this patriotic leotard design will benefit Right to Play, a non-profit organization whose mission is to use sport and play to educate and empower children and youth to overcome the effects of poverty, conflict, and disease in disadvantaged communities.  This one-of-a-kind leotard design boasts an approximate retail value of $5,000 and is part of GK’s 2013 Couture Collection.

USA Gymnastics 50th Anniversary LeotardThe charity raffle will be held August 15 – 17, 2013 during USA Gymnastics National Congress & Trade Show in Hartford, CT.  Donors may purchase raffle tickets for five dollars each, and 100% of the proceeds will go directly to Right to Play.  The winner will be drawn at 12 noon on Saturday, August 17th at the GK booth.  The winner need not be present to win.

This SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS encrusted long sleeve competitive gymnastics leotard evokes both pride and patriotism, featuring over 7,000 handset and heat transferred SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS atop Rich Royal Mystique fabric. Due to the generosity of Swarovski, the leotard designer, Erica Jones, was able to select an array of gorgeous jewel types and hues to illuminate the leotard.  Erica chose a variety of stone colors including Topaz, Dark Indigo, Sapphire Satin, Chalk White, Golden Shadow, Air Blue Opal and Indian Siam, all donated by the premium brand for the finest crystal elements in the world, SWAROVKSI ELEMENTS.  This never before seen design carries an approximate retail value of $5,000, and both GK & Swarovski look forward to the proceeds of the charity raffle benefiting Right to Play.

Erica Jones, a GK designer for over six years, graduated from Albright College with a degree in fashion design.  Erica recently said, “To honor USA Gymnastics’ 50th Anniversary, I started with an elegant base design and incorporated the colors of the American flag.  The design was then refined with golden crystal accents throughout.  I chose a rich blue as my base with natural mesh inserts on the front and sleeves.   I wanted to create a design that captured the mood of our flag, but utilize traditional elements in a more abstract, non-traditional way.  This asymmetrical design features stars that radiate from the shoulders down through the bodice and eventually fade into the blue.  Stripes are depicted as radiating from stars on the sleeves and upper bodice.  The design uses a variety of colors and sizes of Swarovski Elements that intermix together into a unifying piece."

If your women's or girl's gymnastics team is looking for competitive leotards with maximum bling, you won't want to miss our Ultimate Brilliance by Elite Collection of long sleeve gymnastics leotards with more SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS than any other GK collection available today.

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Kyla Ross & Bailie Key Win US Classic Titles

Over 8,000 gymnastics fans attended the US Secret Classic in July at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, IL. The event began Saturday, July 27 with the Junior Women's Competition at 1:00 pm and the Senior Women's Competition at 6:00 pm.

2012 Olympic Gold Medalist and GK Competitive Catalog model, Kyla Ross, of Gym Max in Aliso Viejo, CA won the senior all-around title earning a score of 58.650. Kyla took a second gold for her outstanding performance on the uneven bars with a score of 15.400. Her balance beam performance was just as intense with a score of 14.650 in second place.

Kyla wore GK's Chic Sweetheart Competition Leotard 7562 a gorgeous long sleeve gymnastics leo in Sangria Mystique, with shimmery Gold Leaf Mystique sleeves and elegantly accented with Sangria SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. The neckline was ornately designed in Navy Mystique and embellished in Gold Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.

The Junior Session resulted in champion, Bailie Key from Texas Dreams earning the top score at 58.250. Her floor exercise was impressive with a double arabian and double pike earning her a 14.0 score. Her exquisite performance on the bars came in at 14.25. Bailie topped off the competition on the balance beam showing her superior flexibility with a score of 15.0. She has a very promising chance to win the title at Championships. Bailie has been a GK Elite model for our competitive gymnastics catalog and is shown above wearing a custom designed gymnastics leo by GK. The leo is beautifully styled with sweeping strokes of Red and Black Slither across an Antique Gold Mystique bodice and a sweetheart neckline. It is finished with Natural Mesh sleeves and decorated with scattered Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.

The 2013 Secret U.S. Classic was the final qualifier for four gymnasts who have not previously qualified to move forward to the 2013 P&G U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Hartford, CT on August 15-18th. These athletes will compete for berths into the U.S. National Team. Gymnasts included in this qualification are Vanasia Bradley of Lincoln Park, Michigan from Splitz Gymnastics; Nadia Cho of Plano, Texas from WOGA; Christina Desiderio of Hackettstown, New Jersey from Parkettes Gymnastics; and Sydney Johnson-Scharpf of Groveland, Florida from Brandy Johnson’s Global Gymnastics.

GK wishes all athletes the best of luck at Championships!

If you like these styles, shop our Special Order Gymnastics Leos today!

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Chow's Gymnasts Illuminate the Arena at the 2013 U.S. Classic

Chow's Gymnastics competed in bold and bright berry GK leotards at the 2013 Secret U.S. Classic on July 27th in Chicago, IL!  Chow's Gymnastics, located in West Des Moines, IA, is home of Liang Chow, a world-renowned Olympic gymnast.  He won the Olympic All-Around title in 1990 and has earned more than 30 medals throughout his international career.  He is known for training Olympic Gold Medalist Shawn Johnson and 2012 Olympic All-Around Gold Medalist and Olympic Team Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas.  Chow's Norah Flatley had a strong showing at the Classic with the fourth-highest ranking all-around score of 56.500 in the junior division.

Chow's gymnasts Norah Flatley and Alexis Vasquez looked unstoppable at the Classics in their GK Sleek Sweetheart Gym Leos (Style 7547).  This competitive gymnastics leotard has a V neck and back and features modern sweetheart styling on the bodice and back.  With this leo's Berry Mesh, Berry Slither and White Opalescence fabrics and shimmering Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, no one could miss them!  They chose to make their mark by placing their team name down the left sleeve in Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. 

Not only were Norah and Alexis looking good for competition, but they were also looking stunning in their GK warm ups!  In the photo below, each is wearing a GK Sporty Striped Gym Warm-Up Jacket (Style 8775) as they talk with Coach Chow.  This GK fitted gymnastics warm-up jacket gives a competitive edge with its sharp and sporty double stripe design across the front chest and arms.  Chow's gymnasts went with a purple and white look, but you can choose any fabric and color combination to fit your personal style!

Do you like Chow's leotard of choice?  If so, don't forget that it is just one of our many GK Special Order Long Sleeve Leotards!  Check out them all and try to find your favorite!  You can even put your own twist on it by choosing your fabric and color combination or by adding your team name or logo in jewels, embroidery or imprinting.

 

GK.  Choice of Champions.

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Women's Under Armour® Special Order Styles Released!

GK is passionate about the sport of gymnastics. For over 30 years, GK has been outfitting teams with the best fitting gymnastics apparel in the world. Our dedication has earned us the opportunity to outfit the future of gymnastics by being the apparel choice of USA Gymnastics' Junior Olympics, TOPS, East/West Championships, as well as various development programs. GK is the world leader in the design and manufacturing of gymnastics apparel. Known for the best fit in the industry, GK offers the best designs, highest quality and more variety, than any other gymnastics manufacturer in the world.

Our Under Armour® Styles are no different. Style 6901, Inspiration is a competition leotard with striking swirl designs, A01 shown here in Lemon Lime, Black, and Gunmetal Mystique. Front and back are beautifully adorned with Kiwi SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. Our A03 fabric configuration is designed in Antique Gold Mystique, Blue Raspberry Mystique, Natural Mesh and Natural shadowproof lining and embellished with optional J876 & T794 in Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. A02 features a bold fabric design, shown above in Navy Mystique, Berry Nylon/Spandex, White Sparkle Hologram, and optional jewel design in J876 & T793 in Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.

Style 6500, Endurance is our sporty V neck competition leotard featuring side seam  detail. A02 fabric configuration is shown above in Black Nylon/Spandex, Passion, Lemon Lime, and Charcoal Mystique with optional jewel embellishments in J873, J874, T788, & T789 in Metallic SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. A03 is configured shown in Blue Raspberry Mystique, Imperial Purple Mystique, White Sparkle Hologram, Concord Mesh, and Natural shadowproof lining under bodice. Jewel designs are optional in J873 & T787 in Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. A01 is a design shown in Merlot, Gunmetal, and Sterling Silver Mystique with beautiful jewel styles optional in J14, J873, J874, & T788 in Clear SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.

Style 6501, Beauty is a classic scoop neck competition leotard with wrap around style lines. This style is available in three fabric configurations and may be customized with the color of your choice. Style configuration A01 is shown here in Lime Opalescence Hologram, Black Opalescence Hologram, Black Mystique, and Black Velvet. Jewel design options are available in J14, J879, & T797 in Clear SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.  Configuration A03 is shown in Red Slither Hologram, Red Nylon/Spandex, and Silver Mystique. A02 is configured above in Black Nylon/Spandex, Passion Mystique, and Orangeade Sparkle Hologram with optional jewel designs in J14 & J878 in Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.

Style configurations may be customized with your choice of fabric colors and jewel designs. Under Armour styles are currently not available for international sales. Shop our entire Under Armour Collection now for the latest styles in gymnastics apparel.

GK. Choice of Champions.

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Announcing the Winner of the "Color Your Leo" Contest...

Drumroll, please!  Your votes are in and the winner of the "Color Your Leo" contest is Julia Vedros!  Her Purple Petals design will be revealed at the GK Fashion Show which will be held in conjunction with USA Gymnastics National Congress and the 2013 P&G Gymnastics Championships in Hartford, CT from August 15-18.  

Elite Sportswear is committed to manufacturing the best fitting gymnastics apparel in the industry and is the official partner of Under Armour, the USA Gymnastics National Team Sponsor.  Our recent partnership with Under Armour inspired the "Color Your Leo" contest.  This social media coloring contest brought out the leotard designer in all of you and gave you the chance to bring your leo creations to life!  After all of the submissions were in, you were able to vote for your favorite during a week-long contest fan voting process.

Julia's leotard design will be brought to life by GK Designer Erica Jones.  It will feature Grape Mystique and Lavender Ice Mystique fabrics with Brilliance Crystals.

Julia is an 11-year-old level 6 gymnast from Harvey, LA.  In the photo below, she is wearing a GK Stunning Flame Competition Leo (Style 9565).  This long sleeve competitive leo has a boat neckline and features a stunning flame design across the bodice and back, recommended two tone sleeve design and a scoop back.  Julia's team chose their own patriotic fabric and color combinations in red, white and blue.  Like Julia's team, you can create your own fabric and color combo to make it your own.

Be sure to tune in to the GK Fashion Show and the P&G Gymnastics Championships digital program to see the reveal of Julia's Purple Petals leo!  If you missed any of the contest, you can bring yourself up to date by visiting the USA Gymnastics Facebook page.

In the meantime, check out all of the leos GK has to offer by checking out our website.

GK.  Choice of Champions.

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