2014 Junior Olympic Athletes Will Compete in GK

May 2014 marks the 20th year that GK has been the official outfitter for the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympics! Each May, every level 10 Junior Olympic gymnast receives their regional GK gymnastics leotards and warm-up attire packaged especially for them, bearing their name with a note of congratulations from the employees of GK. Over the years, we have grown to be able to provide gymnastics apparel for all five of the disciplines of gymnastics. Today, we furnish over 2,400 pieces of apparel a year, including men's and women's competitve apparel and warm-ups. GK is passionate in its support for the sport of gymnastics. This singular focus explains why GK outfits more national teams, more gold medalists and, of course, more gymnasts worldwide.

Junior Olympics 2014 GK Warm Up Jacket

When GK decided to take on the Junior Olympics National Championships project in 1984, our desire was to create a more polished look for the event. GK outfits each of the 8 regions in matching leotards and warm-ups to give a professional appearance and help unite the regions together. Through many years of experience, GK has perfected this program and looks forward to many more years of dressing these level 10 gymnasts in the choice of champions.

GK apparel is made for athletes. No matter what level, beginner or Elite, we take great pride in manufacturing the best fitting gymnastics apparel worldwide. For more information on how you can outfit your team in the choice of champions, visit our website or flip through our 2014-2015 Competitve Catalog for Women's Gymnastics Leotards and Warm-Ups, Men's Competitve Apparel and Warm-Ups, and our In Stock Apparel.

 

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Everyday Champion, Michael Lober, Competes in a Men's GK Competition Shirt

Meet Everyday Champion, Michael Lober, from Top Flight Gymnastics! Michael loves competing in his "choice of champions" men's competition shirts. He says, "My men's competition shirt was given to me because I had the chance to be on the men's Junior Olympic Region 7 team in 2011, in Long Beach, California. It was such an amazing experience that I will remember forever. Participating in such a large competition was as thrilling as it got, and my GK team gymnastics wear was the icing on the cake. Thank you GK!"

GK donates all the apparel to the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic Program for all disciplines, and Michael looks great in his Junior Olympics menswear. This Royal and Black Nylon/Spandex gymnastics competition shirt features Black Techmesh to keep him cool and comfortable during his routine. Paired it with a Black Men's Competition Pant, the look is professional, comfortable and fit for a champion.

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2014 Women's Long Sleeve Leotards and Men's Competition Shirts Are Now Online

GK is proud to announce the 2014-2015 Women's Special Order Long Sleeve Leotards for gymnastics are now available online! This year, GK has rolled out six new colors in three different fabrics to add even more creative compliments to any of your special order gymnastics apparel. Flip through GK's Online Competitive Catalog for women's leotards and warm-up apparel to see dramatic shots of 2013 World Champion, Simone Biles and Texas Dreams, Bailie Key. With over 90 different competitive gymnastic leotards to choose from and countless color options, GK's online catalog is your one stop shop for all your gymnastic apparel dreams. No other company can compete with such a pristine collection of original designs and innovative creations. GK takes great pride in remaining focused on our customers, staying centered around our athletes, maintaining our renowned GK fit, and manufacturing the highest quality of gymnastics apparel in the industry. Below, Simone Biles is captivating in the new glamorous Serpentine Whirl Long Sleeve Leo in Magenta Nylon/Spandex, Black Mesh sleeves and chest with Wild Sangria Sparkle Underlay, embellished with Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.

Not only can GK's customers find women's long sleeve gymnastics leotards online and ready to order, but this year's Men's Competition Shirts are also at the ease of online shopping. Flip through this years full apparel and warm-up options for men's gymnastics in GK's 2014-2015 Catalog online! On the cover you'll find Alex Naddour sporting a Men's Jet Fire Competitve Gym Shirt in Red, White, and Black Nylon/Spandex as he moves effortlessly around the Pommel Horse. New sleek designs, comfortable neck lines, and multiple color combinations fill in this year's line of men's competition shirts. Design your favorite gymnastics apparel today with GK's Design Studio or by contacting your local Gymnastics Representative.

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The Petite Pink Posse Wins Favor with Fans and Judges at Idaho State Championships in GK Tank Leotards

They call themselves the Petite Pink Posse, and all eyes swing in their direction when they compete. They're not just cuties in hot pink and sparkly silver GK tank leotards; they are the champions of the Level 3 Idaho State Championship, and they can't help but to steal your heart.

These tiny athletes consume their audience and gymnastic judges in a Swarovski Swirl Tank Leotard WL340. In Berry Mystique and Silver Mystique, this gorgeous leotard looks like it could be part of our GKids line. The look is completely appropriate and beautiful for their age. However, adorned with a different color palette the look of this tank leo changes drastically. That's what makes our special order design studio such an ingenious invention. This leotard can be ordered in your favorite fabric and color combination with or without the Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS that decorated the swirling pattern in Pink Petite Posse's leotard. With a Fuschia SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS infused GK logo, these young gymnasts sparkle from top to bottom.

When browsing our Special Order Design Studio, remember to look for patterns and styles that speak to your team's personality. Colors, jewels and team logos can all be changed to refine the look, and turn it into a gymnastics leotard made just for your team. Add your impression to all your gymnastics gear, from tank leotards and competition leotards to men's compression shirts and warm up jackets. For sizing samples, design expertise and general assistance please contact your local GK Sales Manager or Customer Service.

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Stars From the Winter Cup Compete in GK Men's Competition Shirts

This year's Winter Cup in Las Vegas, a district qualifier to the P&G Championships, turned out to be a nice reunion for GK, and sales representative, Calli Campo, as we caught up with several of our GK Catalog models and USA Gymnastics National Team members. Cover model, Brandon Wynn, showed up to perform a stunning and winning performance on the rings. After his seemingly effortless routine, he was gracious enough to pose for a photo with a signed copy of the GK Competitive catalog, featuring Wynn in GK Men's Gymnastics Competition Shirt 1971. In addition, fellow National Team member, Donnell Whitenburg, who was welcomed to the Senior National Team at the conclusion of the Winter Cup, stopped by to chat with us as well (pictured below with Wynn).

We always look forward to seeing GK model and National Team member, John Orozco, who, by the way, tied for second place in the All-Around. Falling behind by only half a tenth of a point, Orozco and friend, Joshua Dixon enjoyed their day none-the-less. Dixon was all smiles after winning the Bronze Medal on the vault, and earning his place on the Men's Senior National Team. Both looked great in their Under Armour shirts! Finally, the event wouldn't have come together quite as seamlessly without Director, former Buckeye gymnast, and GK Model, Kerry Adderly!

Be sure to check out these athletes on our website when you shop our Men's In Stock Competition Shirts and Men's Compression Shirts. And remember, they could be at your next event in Under Armour gymnastics apparel by GK.

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Fun Times and GK Leotards at the 4th Annual Kalon Ludvigson Invitational

Kalon Ludvigson had a fabulous turnout this year at his annual Invitational where athletes had an opportunity to meet with Kalon for the first time since his injury in August. Prior to the event, we briefly recapped Kalon's life and his accomplishments. You can read about them at GK is Proud to Sponsor the 4th Annual Kalon Ludvigson Invitational. If you are interested in helping Kalon with his recovery, he is still accepting donations from The Kalon Ludvigson Fund to offset the cost of his treatments and necessary equipment.

What we saw this year at the 4th Annual Kalon Ludvigson Invitational was an amazing rally of support for a friend, peer and hero. The gymnastics meet that began its tradition 4 years ago by an athlete who is adored by many for his talent, comradery and good looks is now an event to support that same athlete that we have come to love over the course of his career. This year, the event attracted professional and aspiring gymnasts alike from across the country. For fans, this meant that Salt Lake City was the place to be. Below you'll see many familiar faces, alongside of Kalon, meeting with fans.

Attire on the mats varied from sparkly tank leotards to formal long sleeve competition leotards. Both of the styles represented below are stocked by GK for immediate purchase. The Gypsy Flyers from Gleason's in Minnesota are wearing a Mystique Low Scoop Neck Leotard 3619 with their team logo added to the front. This beautiful Electric Turquoise color looks great on everyone, and the design offers an athletic and supportive square back that the girls love.

The Northern Star Bounders look fantastic in their Classic Leotard With Bold Design 5838ST. This is a stock leotard that can be purchased as is in Red and Black Mystique with White Sparkle Hologram design outlines and Clear SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS highlights. However, if you love the style and want to add your own personal touch to the design, it's also customizable! Jewels, stock or custom, sequinz, applique embroidery or imprinting all leave their mark on this competitive leotard in a creative, unique way. The Northern Star Bounders men blend nicely with the group, competing in Under Armour Force 6001. Made by GK, the Red and Black Nylon/Spandex and Red Techmesh in this men's gymnastics competition shirt features the same shades as the ladies' Red and Black Mystique, without the sparkle. The design, available in both mens and kids sizes, looks great on the male gymnasts. It's paired with a UA In Stock Men's Gymnastics Short 6003 in Red. All of the Kalon Invite athletes from Northern Star Bounders look fabulous!

We enjoyed taking part in the 2014 Kalon Ludvigson Invitational, and look forward to seeing Kalon's recovery progress next year. That begs the question, what will you wear for the 5th Annual Kalon Ludvigson Invitation? Will you compete in an in stock leotard, men's GK competition or UA Competition Shirt, or will you take the plunge and Special Order your competitive team wear? Either way, we look forward to seeing all of our GK Champions enjoying their sport.

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Under Armour Leotard Spotted on Olympic Champion Victoria Moors

We love seeing world renowned gymnasts wearing Under Amour in practice! Victoria Moors is a 2012 Canadian Olympian who practices in Under Armour at Canada's #1 Gymnastics Club, Dynamo Gymnastics. 

Our Under Armour Tank Leotards are a collection of understated, sporty designs that blend GK's expertise in gymnastics with Under Armour's mission, "to make all athletes better through passion, design and the relentless pursuit of innovation." The current All-Around Elite Canadian Champion, Victoria Moors, is pictured to the left practicing in UA Dedication 6307. This elegant Under Armour tank leo fuses the GK 4-way stretch, shimmering Black Mystique fabric with beautiful Passion Mystique accents of curvaceous piping along the torso, and simple, bold style lines below the shoulder blades. It's the perfect combination of athleticism and femininity, and it looks phenomenal on Victoria!

Keep your eyes peeled for more Under Armour designs by GK in the coming months and years, as the U.S. National Gymnastics Team prepares for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. In the meantime, search our current selection of Men's and Women's Under Armour gymnastics shirts, pants and leotards at GK to practice and compete like champions. 

 

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Harlem Invitational Proudly Sponsored by GK Gymnastics Leotards

Throughout our 30+ years of service to gymnasts worldwide, GK has proudly donated, and continues to donate, millions of dollars in leotards and gymnastics accessories to the industry. This dedication to give back is not one that we take lightly. It is twofold a responsibility and an honor, for without organizations such as USA Gymnastics Junior Olympics, TOPS, East/West Championships, and smaller organization such as the Wendy Hilliard Foundation, the sport that we dedicate our lives to day in and day out would cease to exist, and so would we.

Harlem Gymnastic's Purple GK LeotardHarlem Gymast in GK Leotard for Wendy Hilliard Foundation

One of our most recent and prized contributions to gymnastics went to a Hall of Fame Rhythmic Gymnast named Wendy Hilliard. Wendy operates a not for profit gym, The Wendy Hilliard Foundation “WHF”, that provides free weekly gymnastics classes to New York inner city youth. Their website states, "As the first African-American to represent the U.S. in rhythmic gymnastics, Wendy Hilliard's goal was to create a program that provided an opportunity for more minorities to experience her sport. After serving over 10,000 participants the Wendy Hilliard Foundation has established an incredible track record of providing quality programming for people of all ages and abilities in the sport of gymnastics." She has even taken her athletes to the Junior Olympic National Championships, where they consistently won top honors and earned first place finishes. The WHF lady gymnasts are pictured above with GK Business Development Specialist, Erin Gettle.

This year, GK designed and donated a beautiful Imperial Purple Mystique 3/4 Sleeve Gymnastics Leotard 3457 to Wendy Hilliard's Harlem gymnasts. These leos, adorned with Silver Hologram Sequinz in a lively floral pattern, united the team at their own Harlem Invitational, where athletes competed in Rhythmic Gymnastics, Artistic Gymnastics and Trampoline and Tumbling. Most of the competing teams came from New York, but Harlem was also able to pull in some teams from New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts for this well-organized and well-received event.

The WHF guys wore a White Nylon/Spandex Wrap Around Men's Gymnastics Competition Shirt 1853 with Black and Purple Nylon/Spandex style lines along the shoulders and under the arms, and an over-sized Harlem Invitational embroidered logo on the front. Our men's competition shirts feature a boy cut leg for maximum comfort and support. GK also supplied the Harlem boys with a Men's Gymnastics Long Short 1818, in Black Nylon/Spandex.

As you can see from the photos above, the day wasn't all work and competition. It was also a celebration, of sorts, where the community gathered to honor all of the young gymnasts, their dedication and achievements, and to enjoy the day. The day was made possible through sponsorship from GK, TD Bank, Premier Physical Therapy & Wellness, Whole Foods and Aquafina. Each sponsor had something different to contribute. Thanks to Whole Foods, the coaches and judges enjoyed a delicious lunch, and many of the adults took advantage of Massage by Marta. Best of all, admission was free. The Wendy Hilliard Foundation ended the event with a 2 hour showcase of different groups from their organization putting on group and individual special performances.

If you missed the Harlem Invitational this year, it's definitely worth marking your calendar for 2015. Until then, you can be proud to shop the brand that supports all facets of gymnastics, GK.

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GK is Proud to Sponsor the 4th Annual Kalon Ludvigson Invitational

GK is proud to sponsor the 4th Annual Kalon Ludvigson Invitational in Salt Lake City, UT this weekend, in support of Kalon Ludvigson, one of our GK Gymnastics catalog models, and the most decorated Trampoline and Tumbling athlete in the world. The meet will incorporate all levels of competition in Trampoline, Tumbling and Double Mini Trampoline.

Kalon began his gymnastics career at the age of 8, and in just 10 years time, earned his first US National Championship title in Trampoline and Tumbling in 2006. He defended this title for the next seven years, while also earning 20 World Cup and World Championship medals and setting 2 world records. Then, in August 2013 after winning his final US National Championship, a neck injury during training left him paralyzed below his chest. Since his accident, Kalon's treatments and strength-training has kept him out of the public eye... until now. 

This year's Kalon Ludvigson Invitational is going to be absolutely amazing! It will be Kalon's first public appearance since his accident, and his friends, fans and teammates are rallying to support him at this special gymnastics meet. Because of Kalon's superior standing in the gymnastics industry, we're going to see a lot of 2012 World Champion Team members and finalists, as well as World Age Group Champions and former Olympians, many of them competing at the meet. All of these gymnasts are eager to support Kalon, who by the way, was just nominated as the T&T Representative for the USA Gymnastics Athletes Council.

As part of a fundraiser for Kalon's medical costs, fans purchased Keep Calm and Pray for Kalon t-shirts, that they will wear during the final events on Saturday. This supportive gesture should be an amazing and emotional gift of inspiration for Kalon! If you'd like to help offset the costs of Kalon's medical bills, contributions are being collected through The Kalon Ludvigson Fund.

So what part does GK play in this event? All of the organizing staff at the Kalon Ludvigson Invitational will wear a black and white warm-up jacket and warm-up pant from GK. The female staff will look polished and comfortable in a GK Women's Woven Warm-Up Jacket with Piping L1043 and a Women's Woven Black Pant L1046. The Male staff will wear Men's Woven Warm-Up Jacket with Piping L1042 and Men's Gymnastics Warm-Up Pants L1045. Both men's and women's warm-up jackets are White Polyester with Black style lines under the arms and on the shoulders and our classic GK logo on both the back and the right chest. The Kalon Ludvigson Invitational logo is embroidered on the left. Paired with the relaxed fit pant, this gymnastics warm-up combo will look terrific on the men and women helping out at this trampoline and tumbling event on Saturday.

We look forward to seeing everyone at our GK booth on Saturday to support a fellow champion, Kalon Ludvigson, who has given all of us so much to aspire to already.

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Stars Gymnastics Lights up HNI in their Custom GK Leotard

Congratulations to Stars Gymnastics of Houston for all their wins at the Houston National Invitational in TX last weekend! These determined athletes were ready to go on game day with their brilliant custom design leotard that continues to wow us over and over again!

GK Custom Design Competitive Gymnastics LeotardBack View of Stars Gymnastics Custom Design Competitive Leotard by GK

The Stars Black Mystique competition leotard with White Mystique design lines along the bodice and neckline is a true testament to the team and their name. While the mystique fabric gives this leotard a beautiful shimmer, the team Custom Design GK Leotard in Black and White Mystiqueadded loads of definition with Brillance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS that adorn not just the white design details throughout, but also the Natural Shadow proof lined Black Mesh that covers the sleeves and secures the strappy back. Ruby SWAROVSKI ELEMNENTS add a subtle hint of color to the black and white silhouette. The most striking element of this leo has to be the stars and cascading jewel design.  These starlit ladies certainly deserve to shine in this sophisticated and feminine competitive leo.

With GK, the design possibilities are endless.  If it's glamour and sparkle you're looking for to boost the aesthetics of your routine, shop our Ultimate Brilliance Collection for your next big meet. Be sure to check out some of the other great men's competitive shirts and women's competitive apparel seen at HNI on our post about our sponsorship of the Houston National Invitational.

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Kim Zmeskal's Legendz Classic Texas Prime Meet Features GK Sublimated Leotards

The qualifying events for the Nastia Liukin Cup on February 28,2014 are almost complete. Looking back, we were excited to see the first American gymnastics World Champion, Kim Zmeskal-Burdette, enjoying herself alongside the first American gymnastics Olympic Champion, Mary Lou Retton, at the Legendz Classic Texas Prime Meet. The meet is hosted each year by Kim and her husband's, Chris Burdette, gym, Texas Dreams Gymnastics, in January. Kim Zmeskal-Burdette is a former Olympic gymnast and the first American gymnast to win an all-around gold medal in the World Championships. Today, she is an active USAG coach, and she has a lot of Olympic hopefuls for 2016 at her gym right now. As stated below,

Kim has chosen GK leotards throughout her career. She chooses nothing less for the Texas Dreams. "The Texas Prime Meet combines all of my favorite elements of competition as I moved up through the ranks of the sport of gymnastics.  GK Elite has always been a huge part of my own career, and having a long standing tradition of outfitting the best gymnasts, as they showcase the highest levels of gymnastics, of course I wanted them to represent us at my 'prime' competition.  Each year, the design of our Legendz leotard is unique, classy, and a wonderful keepsake for gymnasts to remember their special experience at the meet. This year, we chose GK's new sublimation leotards - we had creativity at our fingertips. The girls loved the fit and look and we can't wait to design again for next year.  I'm proud to support GK Elite."

The 2013 Legendz Classic leo is a round neck racer back tank leotard. GK uses the best "professionals' choice" Italian inks on all our Sublimated Designs to insure that any GK item, whether it be a women's gymnastics capri, a men's compression shirt, or a gym sling bag, is printed with intense colors, clear lines and less fading. The Legendz leo is a testament to this quality as it features a sublimated sweeping Columbia Blue starry sky design on a pure black background that is bright and beautiful. The Kim Zemskal Texas Prime Meet logo is also sublimated on this leo, however other options are available as well. See our Sublimation Form for additional selections in fabrics, colors, lazer or heat transfer jewels and sequinz.

Sublimated Leotards are an excellent choice for special events, such as the Legendz Classic, but we've also seen some awesome gym shorts and competition leotards as well. So the next time you see a design, picture or pattern that inspires you send it our way and we'll help you turn that inspiration into your team's next winning look.

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2014 Houston National Invitational Sponsored by GK

Approximately 2,000 athletes from 94 men's, 98 women's and 32 Tumbling and Trampoline teams competed at the 20th annual Houston National Invitational in the Reliant Arena this month. This Open Team Cup Competition featured top teams from around the world, including the teams and athletes pictured below, Eagle Wings Trampoline and Tumbling, Chris Brooks, USA Gymnastics World and Cypress Academy. It was definitely a must see event that GK was proud to sponsor! 

Senior Elite and Level 8 ladies from Eagles Wings Trampoline and Tumbling pose with GK's Calli Campo in V-Neck Flame Competitive Leo 9570

Level 8 boys from USA Gymnastics World pose in Under Armour Performance Men's Competition Shirt 6100 and  Under Armour Special Order Men"s Gymnastics Pants 6104

Senior Elite Gymnast, Chris Brooks, poses in Under Armour Gymnastics Apparel

Maddie from Cypress Academy poses in a GK special order Dramatic Asymmetrical Comp Leo 9562

GK Vice President of Global Gymnastics Sales, Wendy Marshall Martin and GK Business Development Specialist, Calli Campo told us that the hosts, Houston Gymnastics Center, did a fabulous job planning this meet, "...great location and space. The coach’s hospitality room was upstairs from the competition floor, but overlooked the meet. This was great for coaches to grab food, relax, and still be able to watch their kids." These ladies, along with GK Sales Representative, Ms. June, set up a booth between the three gyms and handed out mints, lip gloss and GK Catalogs. They also displayed an array of our newest selection of leotards, released to the public just last month.

The next time you're at a big meet, stop by to say hello to GK where you're sure to find your next favorite workout leotard, and maybe even a small gift. And, if you weren't wearing a GK Women's Competitive Leotard or a men's Under Armour or GK Competitive Shirt for this event, make sure your team is prepared to compete with the best next time, in the most sought after gymnastics apparel in the industry, GK.

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John Orozco to Represent US at 2014 American Cup

John Orozco, a Senior Men's Artistic Gymnast from Colorado Springs, CO and U.S.O.T.C. Gymnastics has earned a spot at the 2014 American Cup. He is prooud to be representing the United States and recently claimed the bronze medal on the parallel bars at the 2013 World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium. Originally from Bronx, New York, his expertise in the sport of Tae Kwon Do resulted in his success, development and passion for the sport of gymnastics. His favorite gymnastics events are the high bar and the parallel bars, as he feels as though he is flying!

USA Gymnastics: Oct. 6 - Event Finals Day 2 &emdash; John Orozco with his parallel bars bronze medal

Photo © John Cheng

Shown above at Worlds. John wore a custom made Under Armour® Men's Gymnastics Competition Shirt made of a unique blend of PolyTek and University Red ClimaMesh featuring a bold side accent design. The USA logo was added to the center chest of the garment in custom White Imprinting. His Under Armour® Men's Gymnastics Competition Pants are designed in Red StretchTek and feature a custom American Flag emblem on the right hip.

Congratulations John for your success at the 2013 World's Gymnastics Competition, and the best of luck to you at the 2014 American Cup!

Every Under Armour® product is doing something for you: it's making you better. Are you looking for the latest gymnastics apparel that will make you a better athlete through passion, design, and the relentless pursuit of innovation? Shop our Special Order Under Armour® Men's Competition Shirts and Pants today!

Read about Elite Sportswear's partnership with Under Armour® here.

 

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Everyday Champion: Kathryn

Meet Kathryn, a 6 year old, Level 3 gymnast from Pennsylvania who just got a brand new Aly leo from Santa!

Kathryn loves all of the Fierce Five Olympic gymnasts, especially Aly and Gabby, so this was the perfect gift for her. The bars and vault are her favorite events and she loves to flip on the tumble track. Kathryn is going to be the envy of her fellow gymnasts in this Berry and Sangria Mystique Aly Raisman Feather V neck Workout Leo E2338 as she trains to compete for her gymnastics team next year. She loves all the pink in this leo, but she adores the asymmetrical feather design highlighted with silver hologram sequinz. It's all about the sparkle.

Katherine, you look precious in your new leo! GK wishes you the best in your training.

If you like Kathryn's workout leotard, be sure to check out the entire Aly Raisman's leotard collection or our GKids Collection, designed exclusively for entry level boys and girls.

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Vincent Lavoie spotted in Under Armour

Guess who we spotted in Under Armour training gear? It's none other than Canada's World renowned gymnast, Vincent Lavoie! This year Vincent made Canadian history at the 2013 World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, ranking 6th in the world, a Canadian best!

That's why we're so proud to see him in our training gear. To the right, you'll see Vincent training at Tumbling Drummondville in Quebec. He is geared for comfort and flexibility in our Under Armour Force 6001 top, which features a combination of Black and Red Spandex/Nylon and Techmesh. Paired with Armour Black Men's Shorts 6003, a straight leg, elastic draw-string short, Vincent's sportswear is the perfect, masculine look for his training.

Like these shorts but looking for a specific color for your team? Under Armour Special Order Men's Gymnastic Short 6103 is the same great short with a special order option. So go ahead, change the color of this perfect gym short, and make it your own. Browse all of our Men's Under Armour gymnastics apparel today.

 


 

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Sportsman of the Year, Epke Zonderland in GK

We are excited to congratulate Epke Zonderland from the Netherlands who was recently named Dutch Sportsman of the Year! He won the high bar title at the World 2013 Championship Artistic Gymnastics in Antwerp, Belgium where we had a temporary GK store set up with some of our hottest styles in gymnastics apparel.

It is now the fourth time in five years that 2013 World Horizontal Bar champion Epke Zonderland has been named Sportsman of the Year in the Netherlands. He has so much going for him at 27 years old, a current medical student and now being named his country's top athlete. The very first time Zonderland won the Dutch Sportsman of the Year title was in 2009, the same year he earned the silver medal on the Horizontal Bar at the World Championships. He then went on to take silver at the World Championships the very next year in 2010 and the European title in 2011. Zonderland's biggest moment was when he won the 2012 Olympic gold medal on the Horizontal Bar. His risky routine earned him his infamous nickname, "The Flying Dutchman." He became the first Dutch male gymnast to win an Olympic medal in London at that time.

We are especially excited that Epke is proud to wear our gymnastics apparel for his workouts and competitions. Shown on the right is a sketch of Zonderland's GK gymnastics competitive apparel. Our special order Edgy Men's Gymnastics Competition Shirt 1960 is a Black Nylon/Spandex deep V neck men's shirt with a stand-out symmetrical back design in Orange Nylon/Spandex and Black Tech Mesh. On the back of the garment is a custom embroidered Netherland Flag in White, Black, Red, and Turquoise thread and custom Lotto Logo in Yellow, White, Silver, Black, and Gold Glimmer thread. Epke is wearing a pair of matching Orange Nylon/Spandex special order Men's Gymnastics Competition Pants 1846M which feature a comfortable, yet secure, waistband and foot stirrups.

Congratulations to Epke, from all of us here at GK!

Want a winning look for your next performance? Be sure to check out our In Stock Men's Competition Shirts  and Pants.

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GK Visits Wendy Hillard Foundation in NYC

GK recently traveled to New York City to visit the Wendy Hillard Foundation, and we are so excited to share our commitment to the sport of gymnastics with others. We admire and support this organization whose mission is to provide opportunities to improve physical and emotional health through gymnastics and its associated disciplines.  Founded in 1996 by Wendy Hilliard, Hall of Fame rhythmic gymnasts- the Wendy Hilliard Foundation has provided free gymnastics classes, summer programs, competitive gymnastics teams and annual girls and women sports clinics. Initial funding was through the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development and the US Olympic Committee. Current funding includes; public funding, private and corporate grants and individual donors.

Located in Harlem, NYC the Wendy Hilliard Foundation has served over 15,000 inner city youth. This unique development organization has trained elite level athletes as well as national and international event champions.   Wendy’s Broadway background has served beneficially for the organization’s performance training, with many trained athletes going onto Broadway and other national and international performances. Wendy was featured in People Magazine and the New York Times, highlighting this non-profit organization. She continues to make partnerships with youth serving organizations such as the Dance Theater of Harlem and the Police Athletic League. Since 2010, the WHF began a partnership with the Harlem Children’s Zone “HCZ”. This partnership provides free gymnastics for over 350 HCZ students each week. The HCZ Armory is the home of the WHF competitive teams which includes over 30 HCZ students. HCZ through the WHF also provides free Parent and me and adult gymnastics classes for the community. She now has added focus in health, nutrition, pregnancy prevention and sports medicine partnering with the NYC top hospitals the Women’s Sports Medicine Center and Premier Physical Therapy and Wellness. In 2004 the organization added programs aimed at reinforcing literacy, dedication to school work and health through Literacy Inc.

Wendy Hillard was the first African-American to represent the U.S. in rhythmic gymnastics, Her main goal was to create a program that provided an opportunity for more minorities to experience the sport she was so passionate about. The Wendy Hilliard Foundation has established an incredible track record of providing quality training for people of all ages and abilities in gymnastics. Hillard's nine time national team membership was a record breaker as she served twice as the National Team Captain. Later she became the US National Team Coach and went on to train 1996 Olympian, Aliane Baquerot.  In 2008 she was inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame. Wendy is pictured on the left with our Executive Vice President of Design & Corporate Relations, Kelly McKeown. Kelly was excited to meet some of the dedicated gymnasts of the Wendy Hillard Foundation shown below. The Wendy Hillard Foundation will be hosting the Harlem Gymnastics Invitational coming up, February 22 & 23, 2014.

The Wendy Hillard Foundation chose our in stock competitive gymnastics apparel to outfit their athletes.  The female gymnasts will be wearing our 3/4 sleeve Purple Mystique Gymnastics Leotard 3457 with a custom Silver Hologram Sequinz design, shown on the left.  The male gymnasts will be outfitted in a Black, Gray, and White Nylon/Spandex custom competition shirt with our Men's Gymnastics Long Shorts 1818M in Black Nylon/Spandex featuring a custom purple embroidery logo shown below.

 If you love Wendy Hillard Foundation's women's gymnastics leotard design, shop out entire In Stock Long Sleeve Leotard Collection today and you can customize a look of your own. For a custom look in both men's and women's gymnastics apparel, check out our Design Studio for a brand new one of a kind style.

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GK Champions, Biles and Ross to Represent USA at 2014 AT&T American Cup

It has been quite a successful year for GK Champions, and American artistic gymnasts, Simone Biles and Kyla Ross. It seems 2014 will be no different. They both have recently accepted invitations to represent the United States at the 2014 AT&T American Cup to be held on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at the Greensboro, NC Coliseum Complex.

Biles of Spring,TX and Bannon's Gymnastix, is the 2013 U.S. National All-Around Champion and the 2013 World All-Around Champion.  She was also the 2012 Junior National Champion on the vault, and won the bronze medal in the all-around competition. Biles took the silver medal at the 2013 AT&T American Cup as she debuted as a senior international elite gymnast. Shown on the left is a photo taken at the 2013 Secret US Classic where Simone is wearing a special order GK leo. This special order Striking Wave Comp Leo 9546 in our White Slither fabric is a swirling long sleeve gymnastics leotard featuring a boat neckline and scoop back with a gorgeous overlapping wave design in Azure Sparkle, Berry, and Sterling Silver Mystique. The garment is tastefully accented with optional jewel designs T485, J546, J547, and J14 in Fuchsia and Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.

Ross of Aliso Viejo, CA and Gym-Max, was the 2013 World all-around silver-medalist  and placed silver in the uneven bars and balance beam. At the 2013 P&G Gymnastics Championships, Ross took the gold in the uneven bars, balance beam, and also the silver in the all-around. She was a member of the 2012 gold medal-winning Olympic team. The photo on the right was taken this past year at the Secret US Classic, where Kyla looked stunning in a special order GK gymnastics leotard. This Chic Sweetheart Competition Leotard 7562 is a women's long sleeve competitive gymnastics leotard in our beautiful Sangria, Gold Leaf and Navy Mystique fabrics with a classic neckline featuring an elegant sweetheart bodice design and chic style lines on front and back with optional jewel designs, J14, J831, and T725 in Gold Brilliance and Sangria SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.

The AT&T American Cup is the most prestigious international gymnastics invitational held in the U.S. This International Gymnastics Federation World Cup event features the top male and female gymnasts from around the world. Biles and Ross both qualified for the AT&T American Cup based on their performances in the all-around at the 2013 World Championships. For information and ticket pricing for the 2014 AT&T American Cup visit attamericancup.com. Around the same time, the Nastia Liukin Cup will be held featuring many top national Junior Olympic female gymnasts. This event will be held on Feb. 28 at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. The event is named after the 2008 Olympic all-around gold medalist, Nastia Liukin and highlights the gymnasts who qualify through the Nastia Liukin Cup Series. Find out more details regarding the Nastia Liukin Cup at nastialiukincup.com.

Here at GK, we wish the best of luck to Simone and Kyla and all other hard-working athletes in the year 2014! Be sure to shop our Special Order Women's Long Sleeve Competitive Leotards today for the latest styles in gymnastics competitive wear.

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Get Playful this Season with 2013 Holiday Gumballs Collection

GK has everything you need this holiday season with lots of new styles and fabrics for the best workout apparel around, especially for the little athletes in your life! Get playful and find the perfect gift for your mini gymnast with the sweetest selection of our GKids Holiday Gumballs Collection.

Designed specifically for little gymnasts, each GKids style is made with our super soft, no itch fabrics without sacrificing GK's superior fit. This exclusive collection of gymnastics leotards offer adorable styling at reasonable prices.

Check out our new Turquoise Gumballs fabric! This adorable Turquoise Gumballs GKids Tank Leo E2344 is a cute kid's gymnastics tank leotard made in our new fabric with a fun back bow detail. This leo goes great with our Turquoise Gumballs GKids Shorts E2352 our kid's workout shorts in Turquoise Gumballs Polyester/Spandex.

Things are getting chilly with our Iceberg Velvet GKids Workout Leo E2343.  Our girl's scoop neck leotard in Iceberg Velvet and Turquoise Gumballs Polyester/Spandex features Clear SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS along asymmetrical style lines for a bit of sparkle.

Our Bright Sapphire Sequinz GKids Leotard E2345 is a children's V back leotard in Bright Sapphire Nylon/Spandex with Turquoise Gumballs side accents and sweet heart design embellished in Silver and Turquoise Hologram Sequinz on bodice.

This delightful style is a great gift idea for your sweetie! Our Bright Sapphire Swirl GKids Biketard E2346 is the perfect girl's biketard design in our Bright Sapphire Nylon/Spandex with a fun wrap around wave detail in Turquoise Gumballs.

For your little man, we present our Sublimated Boy's Gymnastics Shirt 1835M a Black Nylon/Spandex boy's gymnastics competition shirt which features a cutting edge sublimated print design and boy-cut leg. Pair this child's top with our Boy's Gymnastics Long Shorts 1818M , boy's gymnastics competition shorts with a 5inch inseam and elastic drawstring waist. These shorts are slightly longer in length with a mid thigh hemline.

These adorable children's gymnastics apparel looks won't last long. Shop our entire GKids Collection today! For even more holiday gift ideas, check out our Hot for the Holidays Collection for the hottest looks in gymnastics!

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Brandon Wynn at Worlds in Under Armour® Gymnastics Apparel

We are so proud of Brandon Wynn, a senior men's artistic gymnast, who recently competed at the 2013 Worlds Artistic Gymnastics Competition in Antwerp, Belgium. He placed third on the still rings claiming the bronze medal, and seventh on the parallel bars. We would like to congratulate Brandon on this incredible accomplishment!

USA Gymnastics: Sept. 27 - Podium Training Day 1 &emdash; Brandon WynnUSA Gymnastics: Sept. 27 - Podium Training Day 1 &emdash; Brandon WynnPhotos © John Cheng

Not only is Brandon our Gymnastics Catalog Cover Model, but he also appears in our In Stock and Competitive Gymnastics Catalogs. Shown here, Brandon is wearing a custom sublimated gymnastics style made by GK for Worlds. This stunning Under Armour® Men's Competition Shirt made in red, white, and royal blue specifically for the National Team features a boy cut leg. In addition, GK specially designed the Under Armour® Men's Competition

Pants to match in red. This past year, GK Elite has partnered with Under Armour® to create one-of-a-kind gymnastics competitive apparel. Made with our exclusive fabrics with built-in 4-way stretch, these garments improve mobility and performance for athletes everywhere. We provide a perfect fit using patterns incorporating a proprietary fit formula. Our four-thread over-lock stitching and strict 16 stitches per inch rule, exceed the industry standard. These stringent stitch guidelines result in the most durable gymnastics apparel around.

Read more about our partnership with Under Armour® here.

If you love this custom look, be sure to check out our Under Armour® Collection today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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