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.

 

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Last Chance for The Shawn Johnson Collection of GK Leotards

Olympian Shawn Johnson has been a GK Champion since winning the Gold Medal for the Balance Beam and Silver Medals for Team USA, the All-Around, and Floor Exercise at the Beijing 2008 summer games. Shawn has spent the last four years partnering with GK to design top selling gymnastics leotards for our essential catalogs and fans wait anxiously to see what new strappy ideas Shawn comes up with for each of her signature leotards. 

Upon designing her final GK gymnastics leotards, Shawn said,  "My gymnastics career has been a journey, with definite highs and lows along the way.  From a young age, gymnastics has taught me lessons about balance in life, love, faith, and what winning really means.  I'm so proud of my journey, as it has made me the person I am today.  I am so blessed for the opportunity to influence young gymnasts and be part of the women's gymnastic team.  Thanks GK for the opportunity to express my creativity in my Signature Collection of leotards.  It was so much fun to select my own styles and fabrics."

Thank you Shawn for being such a bright light in the GK family!  Your smile will continue to light up any room you walk into. 

If you'd like to own a piece of gymnastics history, don't wait - the Shawn Johnson Collection of GK Gymnastics Leotards will only be available while supplies last.  Shawn Johnson Strappy Back Gymnastics Leotard E2051 features an Exclusive GK Print - moody blues nylon/spandex with foil & a black nylon/spandex double strap back.  Shawn Johnson Mid-Back Opening Gymnastics Leotard E2052 is a black nylon/spandex tank leotard featuring clear SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS and lime safari nylon/spandex with foil straps and mid-back opening. Shawn Johnson Criss-Cross Back Gymnastics Leotard E2050 is a sangria mystique tank leotard with a black nylon/spandex criss-cross back featuring bold lime safari nylon/spandex with foil details. 

Shawn Johnson Scoop Back Gymnastics Leotard E2049 features lemon lime mystique and a lime safari nylon/spandex wrap-around design with a black nylon/spandex lower torso.  Shawn Johnson Racer Back Gymnastics Leotard E2054 features the exclusive GK print - moody blues nylon/spandex with foil - in a wrap-around shoulder feature with a cascading silver sequinz design.  Shawn Johnson Sporty Gymnastics Leotard E2053 is a lemon lime mystique racer back leotard with a black nylon/spandex & sangria mystique wrap-around shoulder design featuring clear SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.

Shop the whole Shawn Johnson Collection here.

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Sensational Backs are HOT for the Holidays

35 days until Christmas and Sensational Backs are Hot for the Holiday at GK.  These GK gymnastics leotards are perfect for your Holiday workout. Choose between strappy, criss-cross, and key-hole back styles.  GK's flawless fit will keep the gymnast on your list looking & feeling great this Holiday season. 

Shawn Johnson Mid-Back Opening Leotard E2052 is a black nylon/spandex tank leotard featuring clear SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS and lime safari nylon/spandex with foil straps. Nastia Liukin Strappy Back Tank Leotard E2043 features an Exclusive GK Print of stylish purple streamers nylon/spandex with gunmetal mystique strappy back.

Flashback Strappy Open Back Gymnastics Leotard E2067 features Exclusive GK Print Flashback nylon/spandex print with black nylon/spandex and strappy open back detail.  Criss-Cross Back Gymnastics Leotard E2068 features Exclusive GK Print Tuxedo nylon/spandex with foil with black nylon/spandex trim and criss-cross back.  Partytime Strappy Key-Hole Gymnastics Leotard E2081 features Partytime nylon/spandex and a strappy key-hole back.

What else is hot for the holidays? GKidsValue Tanks. Stocking Stuffers.

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THIS JUST IN - GABRIELLE DOUGLAS SIGNS WITH GK!

GK is delighted to announce the addition of Gabrielle Douglas to its premier roster of GK Champions. In July of 2012, Gabrielle, who is coached by Liang Chow at Chow's Gymnastics in Des Moines, Iowa, became the first African-American gymnast in Olympic history to become the Individual All-Around Champion as well as the first American gymnast to win the gold medal in both the Individual All-Around and the Team Competition during the same Olympic Games. 

As a GK Champion, Gabrielle joins an elite group of gymnastic champions, past and present, who choose GK.  Gabrielle will beautifully sport GK gymnastics apparel at events, grace GK catalogs, and will promote GK across social medial and advertising campaigns.

Probably the most exciting part of Gabrielle signing on to be a GK Champion - the Gabrielle Douglas Signature Collection of gymnastics leotards!  The first six leotards of the Signature Collection by Gabrielle Douglas, designed by the gold medalist, will be available for sale in 2013 at www.gkelite.com.

"I am so honored and excited to have my own line of leotards with GK,” said Gabrielle.  “Expressing my personality and love for gymnastics through this leotard collection is a great way to share my creative ideas.  I will be really proud when I see other gymnasts wearing my designs to practice!”

Gabrielle's Signature Collection follows the success of the Gold Medal Signature Collections by 2008 Olympic All-Around Champion Nastia Liukin and 2008 Olympic Balance Beam Gold Medalist Shawn Johnson.  Gabrielle's Signature Collection will join GK’s Alexandra Raisman collection announced earlier this year and continue the same brilliant combination of the design and manufacturing expertise of GK and the artistic vision and unique perspective of a top athlete in the sport of gymnastics.

Kelly McKeown, Executive Vice President of Corporate Relations & Design at GK said, "Gabrielle Douglas exudes excitement when doing gymnastics. Her energy and performance put a smile on your face when you watch her. Her new Signature Collection captures this same energy with colorful fabrics and playful designs. We are so excited for the upcoming launch of her line that is co-branded with GK.”

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Shawn Johnson Leotard Collection for 2012 Holiday

Any gymnast on your shopping list would be thrilled to get a Shawn Johnson gymnastics leotard for Holiday 2012!  Shawn's leotard collection for this year's Holiday catalog features exclusive GK prints, budget-friendly bling, and Shawn's signature strappy backs.  Select styles are guaranteed delivery by December 25th!  (Orders must be received by midnight on December 7th and shipped within the Continental United States.)

Shawn Johnson Strappy Back Tank Leotard E2051 is a moody blues nylon/spandex with foil gymnastics leotard with black nylon/spandex double strap back.  Shawn Johnson Mid-Back Opening Leotard E2052 is a black nylon/spandex gymnastics leotard featuring clear SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS and lime safari nylon/spandex with foil straps and mid-back opening.  Shawn Johnson Criss-Cross Strappy Back Leotard E2050 is a sangria mystique gymnastics leotard with black nylon/spandex criss-cross back featuring bold lime safari nylon/spandex with foil details.

Shawn Johnson Scoop Back Tank Leotard E2049 Shawn Johnson scoop back gymnastics leotard with lemon lime mystique and lime safari nylon/spandex wrap-around design and black nylon/spandex lower torso with matching scrunchie.  Shawn Johnson Racer Back Leotard E2054 is a black nylon/spandex racer back gymnastics leotard with moody blues nylon/spandex with foil wrap-around shoulder featuring cascading silver sequinz design.  Shawn Johnson Sporty Tank Leotard E2053 is a lemon lime mystique racer back gymnastics leotard with black nylon/spandex and sangria mystique wrap-around shoulder design featuring clear SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS details.

Flip through the entire 2012 Holiday Catalog here.

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Watch Shawn Tonight on DWTS and VOTE!

Olympic Gold Medalist and GK Champion Shawn Johnson is going into Week 6 of ABC's Dancing with the Stars in a 4-way tie for 2nd place.  She needs our votes now more than ever!   GK proudly backs Team Shawn! 

Tune in tonight at 8:00 PM to watch Shawn & Derek's country cha cha.  Then VOTE!

New to DWTS?  Here's how it works - During the live shows, the judges give each couple a score based on several factors, including technical execution.  But, the judges' scores alone do not decide a couples' fate.  Fans can vote by FOUR different methods: toll-free calling, text voting (AT&T customers only), online at ABC.com, or online via Facebook.

Phone lines, text voting, Facebook, and online voting will open during each performance show.  Phone lines and text voting stay open until 60 minutes after the end of the show in your local time zone.  Facebook and online voting at ABC.com will remain open until 11AM (Eastern)/8AM (Pacific) the following day.

To vote for Shawn call 1-800-VOTE4-02 or
text the word VOTE TO 1-800-VOTE4-02 (1-800-868-3402).

Visit www.abc.com or www.facebook.com/dancingwiththestars to vote online!

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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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Watch Tonight and Vote for Shawn on DWTS!

Olympic Gold Medalist and GK Champion Shawn Johnson is going into Week 3 tonight on ABC's Dancing with the Stars.  GK proudly backs Team Shawn!  It's a double elimination this week so Shawn needs your votes more than ever!

Tune in tonight at 8:00 PM to watch Shawn's quick step with Derek.  Then VOTE!

New to DWTS?  Here's how it works - During the live shows, the judges give each couple a score based on several factors, including technical execution.  But, the judges' scores alone do not decide a couples' fate.  Fans can vote by FOUR different methods: toll-free calling, text voting (AT&T customers only), online at ABC.com, or online via Facebook.

Phone lines, text voting, Facebook, and online voting will open during each performance show.  Phone lines and text voting stay open until 60 minutes after the end of the show in your local time zone.  Facebook and online voting at ABC.com will remain open until 11AM (Eastern)/8AM (Pacific) the following day.

To vote for Shawn call 1-800-VOTE4-02 or
text the word VOTE TO 1-800-VOTE4-02 (1-800-868-3402).

Visit www.abc.com or www.facebook.com/dancingwiththestars to vote online!

 

 

 

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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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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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GK Champion Shawn Johnson Returns to DWTS

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

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

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

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

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

To shop Shawn's Signature Collection of GK gymnastics leotards - click here

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

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2012 USA Gymnastics Leotards by Elite Sportswear - The Chrysler Leotard

One of the most anticipated gymnastics leotards of the summer games was the Women's Team All Around leotard and fans were not disappointed!  Those tweeting live from the arena marveled at the statement-making red color and unmatched sparkle of The "Chrysler" Leotard. Shawn Johnson tweeted, "Red HOT Leo's!! LOVE!! Go USA! So many rhinestones I'm blinded!!"

Inspired by the Chrysler Building in NYC, the Red Mystique gymnastics leotard had 3000+ SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS in round and rectangular shapes for a fantastic and classy display of bling!  It proved to be the perfect gymnastics leotard for bringing home Team Gold for the USA. There was also a White Mystique version of the same leotard that the Tumbling & Trampoline athletes wore for podium training.

Get a gold medal look with Strength AS432 from GK's Special Edition Collection - the only authorized USA Gymnastics replica leotards.

Strength AS432 is a v-neck Red Mystique tank gymnastics leotard with a bold, clear jeweled neckline featuring the iconic embroidered National Team circle of stars logo.

Shop here for all of the 2012 USA
Gymnastics Replica Leotards
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Shawn Johnson Back to School Gymnastics Leotard Collection 2012

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

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

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

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

Shop the Back to School Gymnastics Workout Essentials Catalog here.

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This just in...GK's Back to School 2012 Workout Essentials Catalog!

What's the gymnastic leotard forecast for fall 2012?  GK is the first to tell you with the Back to School 2012 Workout Essentials Catalog!

Check it out -

  • ENGINEERED ART - wrap yourself in custom art-inspired gymnastic leotards
  • Nastia Liukin Gold Medal Collection
  • Shawn Johnson Collection
  • GKids - value priced leotards for the beginner gymnast
  • Value Tanks - twelve great tank gymnastic leotards priced at $29.99
  • GymTek - technically designed, high performance gymnastic leotards for the serious gymnast
  • Every gymnastics leotard in the Back to School catalog is sewn and assembled in the USA

Stay tuned for featured collections from the 2012 Back to School Collection.  Can't wait?  Check it out here!

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

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

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

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

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

Shop now and save!

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GK's Summer & Camp Workout Essentials are HOT!

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

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

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

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

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


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Texas Athletes Love GK Gymnastics Leotards

The saying goes that everything is bigger in Texas.  That may be true, but these little athletes from Texas show their love for GK in a big way!   June Blackman, GK Sales Representative for Texas, shared these photos of some of her customers sporting GK gymnastics leotards.

The first one could be titled, "No Place But Texas!"   This little dynamo from San Antonio couldn't wait to put on her newly purchased GK workout leotard, so she did just that and wore it home with the appropriate Texan footwear, cowboy boots!  Next up is a Shawn Johnson Leotard fan from College Station, Texas, looking too-cute at her mini-meet.  Check out our 2012 Spring Essentials Catalog for our current tank-style workout leotards!

Here's a little gymnast who was at the T&T Nationals in San Antonio and just had to try out the GKids line ASAP.  Now that's how you work a GKids biketard!  Her fellow Texan from Houston is 3 months old and is rocking a pair of GK's silver cheer shorts.  Check out the entire GKids line here!  If your little Texan is an all star cheerleader, visit our 2012 Cheer Catalog!

Shop all of GK's Gymnastics Leotards and Apparel here.  Are you a gym owner or coach in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas or Kansas? Contact June at juneblackman@hughes.net for all of your gymnastic apparel needs. Contact information for GK Gymnastics Sales Representatives in other parts of the country can be found here.

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GK and Unite for HER Partner Again for BRAvado at 2012 Pink Invitational

GK and Unite for HER, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing breast cancer programs and initiatives, are pleased to once again partner in BRAvado, an inspired art auction fundraiser dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness.  Joining the event in support of the cause are 2008 Olympic All-Around Champion, Nastia Liukin, 2008 Olympic All-Around Silver medalist, Shawn Johnson, and the most decorated gymnast in US history, Shannon Miller.  These well-known gymnasts have shown their support for the cause by designing one-of-a-kind GK sports bras to offer at a silent auction to raise funds for Unite for HER breast cancer programs and initiatives.

Interested parties can view and bid on the uniquely decorated sports bras from these and other notable gymnasts at the Pink Invitational gymnastics meet on February 24-26, 2012 at the Philadelphia Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Nastia Liukin’s “Give Hope Another Try” design is decorated with the message of “There is Hope,” set off by two large gems and hot pink feathers.  Two sparkly tulle bows accent the straps and two delicate pink ribbons and more gems line the bottom. 

This is the second year of GK's partnership with Unite for HER, which, in addition to the co-sponsorship of BRAvado, also includes support of the 2012 Pink Invitational, an outreach gymnastics meet presented by Unite for HER. 2012 also marks the 8th year that GK has taken a stand against breast cancer.  Kelly McKeown, Executive Vice President of Design and Corporate Relations for GK said, "With our large target audience of young, female athletes, GK realizes the unique opportunity and responsibility it has to help raise awareness about breast cancer.  It gives us great pride to partner once again with Unite for HER, and we eagerly look forward to another successful year at the Pink Invitational raising funds for the cause!"

 

Shawn Johnson’s “Be Free” sports bra is covered in hopeful messages of grace, strength, peace, and joy with bright and colorful abstract hearts and flowers with a bit of sparkle.  Shannon Miller’s “Bold & Brave” design is dyed black and covered with circle and square shaped mirrored pieces of varying sizes that provide a beautiful contrast to the iconic pink ribbon signifying breast cancer awareness.

“Words alone cannot express how grateful we are for the commitment GK has made over the years to women affected by breast cancer.  They continue to amaze and inspire us with their dedication and unwavering support.  Each year around this time, we create new ways to educate and empower our community of young women about breast cancer and our BRAVADO outreach is a symbol - "Pure LOVE and JOY.”  Our celebrity designers and artists are truly inspiring, whose creativity is embraced by our gymnastics community directly impacting the healing programs and initiatives of Unite for HER.  As you can see, we are not in this alone.  We are blessed beyond words for the continuous support of GK,” said Unite for HER founder, President, and breast cancer survivor, Sue Weldon.

GK is the world’s leading brand of gymnastics apparel and is recognized around the world for superior variety, quality, fit and service.  Elite Sportswear, L.P. is proud to have been chosen by adidas® to manufacture the US National Team Competitive apparel for USA Gymnastics since 2000 and is the sole producer of adidas® brand gymnastics apparel worldwide.  Based in Reading, Pennsylvania, Elite Sportswear, L.P., the company behind the GK brand, continues its commitment to American-made quality and continuous innovation in designs for Gymnastics, Cheerleading, Dance, and Drill Team apparel.  For more information about GK Elite, visit www.gkelite.com.

Unite for HER is dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls by supporting and providing breast cancer programs and initiatives that educate, empower, and restore.  Since 2009, Unite for HER has worked to bridge the gap between the medical and wellness communities by educating women diagnosed with breast cancer about complementary therapies, providing them with a compassionate resource for support, knowledge and healing. Visit www.uniteforher.org or call 610-322-9552.

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Shawn Johnson Makes a Stop at GK Photo Shoot Along the Way to London 2012

Shawn Johnson was recently on set with GK for a photo shoot for the upcoming competitive gymnastics catalog.  In between shots, Shawn updated us on her status both in and out of the gym, her unconventional approach to training for the summer games, and her brand new venture. 

GK:  What have you been doing to get ready for the summer games?SJ1

SJ:  To get ready for the games I’ve just been training and living in the gym.  I’m actually doing something a little different.  I’ve been training down in Dallas, Texas at the Michael Johnson Performance Center. I’ve put gymnastics just a bit to the side and not training as much.  I took a step away just to train with Michael to try to get my body to the next level.  My knee really wasn’t responding, I needed to do something, and the training at MJPC has worked wonders.  They are making me stronger and healthier and I can’t wait to come home and push for the Olympics.

GK:
  That’s great!  We’re rooting for you!

SJ:
  Thank you!SJ Book

GK:
  We heard you’re releasing a book.  Can you tell us when and a little bit about it?

SJ:
  Yes! I am soon to be a published author. It’s called Winning Balance. I’m really excited because it’s my first book.  It comes out June 5th and it’s about me and little things that I’ve learned here and there. The readers will get to know the real Shawn Johnson. There are so many people out there who think they know me from TV spots that I’ve done or interviews, but they've never really met me or know what makes me tick.  It’s about my faith and everything I’ve learned through all my experiences.

GK:  Did you write it yourself or did you have contributing writers?

SJ: 
Both. It’s been a huge group process with a lot of interviews. I’ve kept a lot of journals over the years and a lot of the book has to do with those.  It’s really personal and gets into the little, intimate details of my life outside of gymnastics and I like that because people don’t get that opportunity very often.

GK:
  You talk about things that inspire you in yourSJ2 book, who is your biggest inspiration?

SJ:  I don’t think I have just one person.  I think throughout the years my parents and my coaches have been a huge inspiration because they’ve kept me grounded.  They’ve kept me normal.  They’ve gotten me through everything and I wouldn’t be here without them.  They’ve been my most consistent inspiration through everything.

GK: 
You lead a very busy life, how do you keep it all together?

SJ: 
I have no idea! I do lead a very busy life, a very chaotic life.  But, that’s what keeps me going.  The few times that I get down time, it just doesn’t work for me.  I get antsy and I want to work and get busy doing something else.  So, I thrive off of that energy.

GK:
  Keep up the good work and we hope to see you in London!

SJ: 
Thank you, I hope so too!

Check out Shawn's current gymnastics leotard collection in our 2012 Spring Essentials Catalog available through April 30, 2012. 

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2012 Spring Essentials - Shawn Johnson Gymnastics Leotard Collection

Shawn Johnson's love for designing gymnastics leotards for GK is on display with her 2012 Spring Essentials collection of fun and trendy gymnastics leotards featuring GK Exclusive Prints, unexpected strappy backs and SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.  Order yours today!  Available through April 30, 2012.

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Two new GK Exclusive Prints! Shawn's Open Back Gymnastics Leotard E1864 is a scoop neck tank gymnastics leotard in Foiled Asteroids with Lemon Lime Mystique trim, mid-back keyhole opening and strappy back. Asymmetrical Jeweled Gymnastics Leotard E1866 features Turquoise Fierce Hologram print and Black nylon/spandex with Electric Turquoise trim and clear SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.
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Stunning Sangria & Black Gymnastics Leotard E1863 is a scoop neck gymnastics workout leotard in Sangria Nylon/Spandex and Foiled Asteroids Print with square back styling and clear SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. Criss Cross Gymnastics Leotard E1867 is a classic neck gymnastics tank leotard in Black Nylon/Spandex and Silver Mystique featuring a square back and criss cross design lines on front and back.

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Floral Tank Gymnastics Leotard E1662 features another GK Exclusive Print - Foiled Posie and Daisie, with Candy Pink Mystique and Berry Mystique with unique back strap details and fuschia SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.  This leotard is lined with a sewn-in shelf bra.  Fierce Print Gymnastics Leotard E1865 is an asymmetrical neckline tank gymnastics leotard in Tuqoise Fierce print and Lemon Lime Mystique feautring continuous shoulder strap design.
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