Everyday Champion, Madison V., Wins Gold in GK Gymnastics Apparel

Everyday Champion, Madison V., stole the spotlight at the USA Gymnastics New York State Championships in Medford, NY.  She shined brighter than her five medals in this gorgeous 3/4 sleeve girl's GK leotard.  The audience couldn't help but notice how comfortable and confident she looked as she walked onto the floor to perform her routine.  The five medals she received proved the judges noticed, too!  She tells us, "I am wearing my GK Warm-up Suit over my GK Competition Leotard proudly as I have just finished 1st place All-Around at the USAIGC State Championships, bronze level age 7." Congratulations, Madison! We are so proud of your incredible achievements this season!

Everyday Champion, Madison, Wins the Gold in GK Warm-upsEveryday Champion, Madison, in 3/4 Sleeve GK Leotard

 

Madison chose to compete in our 3/4 Sleeve Gymnastics Leotard in Black Mystique. This basic girls' leotard features a classic boat neckline and scoop back. In order to have her competitive leotard shine as bright as she did, she embellished the front with our Silver Hologram Sequinz style number SEQ0282 for a burst of brilliant rainbow reflection that captivated the crowds. 

To keep warm on and off the mat, Madison wore our Form Fit Team Coordinate Jacket L662N and our Form Fit Team Coordinate Pants L663N.  This super soft cotton/poly blend gymnastics warm-up suit features a fitted silhouette and a waffle weave texture to enhance comfort.  She even personalized her gymnastics jacket by adding her name.

Looking for a sparkling competitive edge on a budget? GK's Sequinz offer exquisite shine at an incredible value!  Add these beautiful gems to any of our In Stock Basic Tank LeotardsLong Sleeve Mystique Leotards, or 3/4 Sleeve Gymnastics Leotard to take your gymnastics apparel from boring to breathtaking without breaking the budget! 

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Rebound Gymnastics East Elite Shine in GK Competitive Leotards

Rebound Gymnastics East Elite gymnasts turned heads this year in their GK gymnastics leotards! Everywhere they went they sported their sparkling competitive leotards for everyone to see! Whether testing for TOPS or competing at Elite Championships, GK was the first choice for these champions! 

Rebound Elite Gymnasts in GK Tank Leotards

These young gymnasts were bubbling over with excitement at the TOPS testing in their pretty GK girls gymnastics leotards. They choose to take on the USA Gymnastics evaluations with a classic v neck tank leotard, which is similar to our  Asymmetrical Cubic Pink Workout Leotard E2491. Their confidence was undeniable as they walked out onto the floor in these sparkling competitive team leotards. Berry Mystique fabric brings brilliant color and impeccable shine across the top as a contrasting Black Nylon/Spandex accents the bottom. A sleek Black Chaos Nylon/Spandex wrap around design shows off their athletic physique as sparkling Silver Sequinz embellish the contrasting style lines. 

Whether you are looking for preparing for evaluations or training at the Elite level, GK is the leader in gymnastics apparel industry. We are recognized around the world for superior fit, variety and quality. Click here to visit our website and see why we are the champions' choice in competitive gymnastics apparel.

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Gabby Douglas Attended Karolyi Gymnastics Summer Camp

After two months of rigorous training with her coach, Liang Chow, the 2012 All-Around Olympic gold medalist headed off to Texas to train at the Karolyi Ranch. After an invitation from Martha Karolyi, Douglas packed up her gymnastics leotards, grabbed her grips and headed down to the official USA Gymnastics National Team Training Center in Huntsville, TX. She has shown incredible progress throughout the past two months as she trained at Chow's Gymnastics and Dance Institute. Chow speaks highly of her progress and believes she has what it takes to make a record comeback! She told GK, "It was great being invited back to the National Team Training Camp! I truly missed being away, and it was awesome reuniting with everyone. I'm really excited to get back in top shape so that I can start competing again."  

Gabrielle Douglas in the Spot Cat Leotard by GK

Also attending Karolyi's Gymnastics Camp were 2012 Olympic Team gold medalist, Kyla Ross, and 2013 All-Around World Champion, Simone Biles. This five day camp is designed to prepare these athletes for upcoming competitions, such as Secret U.S. Classic, P&G Gymnastics Championships, and World Championships. Rigorous conditioning exercises, physical abilities tests and perfecting routine construction are just a few of the tasks ahead for these campers. Good luck to all of our GK Champions! We look forward to seeing you once again on the competition floor!
 

Gabby Douglas in Dancing Sequinz Tank Leotard by GKWant to train like an Olympian? Check out The Gabby Douglas Collection of GK gymnastics leotards to get your summer started off on the right foot! With exclusive prints hand picked by Gabby, fun colors, and exquisite embellishments you will look and feel like an Elite athlete in Gabrielle Douglas leotards, and for a limited time only buy two or more Gabrielle Douglas leotards and receive 50% off and free shipping! Click here for more information on how you can save, and stay tuned for further updates on this Olympic Champion's comeback!

 

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Gabby Douglas Tells GK About her Movie, her Comback, and her Leotards

 

 

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GK Is the Athlete's Choice For Gymnastics Apparel

GK gymnastics apparel is made for athletes. No matter what level, beginner or Elite, we take great pride in manufacturing the best fitting gymnastics apparel in the world- which is why we work each year to improve our Sizing Sample Program. Known for our fit, GK offers the best designs and more variety than any other company. With hundreds of innovative In Stock and Special Order Competitive Designs, limitless fabric, color and team embellishment combinations, you have infinite possibilities when choosing your gymnastics team apparel. 

Champions have chosen GK for over 30 years because we are the athletes' first choice. We have partnered with over ten Olympic athletes and currently offer workout leotards designed by 2012 All Around Olympic Gold Medalist, Gabrielle Douglas and 2012 Floor Exercise Olympic Gold Medalist, Alexandra Raisman. Under Armour® recognized our outstanding accomplishments and dedication in perfecting competitive gymnastics apparel that they chose us to manufacture the US National Team competitive and training apparel for USA Gymnastics through 2020 as well as produce and market a commercial line of apparel for gymnasts of all ages everywhere!
 

Check out our website to try us on for size and see why we are the athletes' first choice. When you want the very best, choose the Elite's choice. Choose GK.

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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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Support The Company That Supports Your Sport

When you hear the name "GK Elite" you most likely think of one of the following: gymnastics leotards, Gabrielle Douglas, Aly Raisman, or even sparkly gymnastics apparel, but perhaps you are unaware that behind the Olympic champions and sensational gymnastics apparel is a company that gives back to your sport.

GK is passionate about the sport of gymnastics and we are proud of our partnerships with USA Gymnastics and Under Armour, to outfit the Olympic and National Teams. Did you know that GK donates all the apparel, which the equivalent of over $3,000,000 in product, to the Junior Olympic Program for all disciplines, as well as TOPS, East/West Championships and Nastia Liukin Cup, in addition to various developmental programs? GK also donates thousands of dollars to Breast Cancer Research and Grants, through Unite for HER, a non-profit organization that directly benefits gymnastic athletes and coaches, affected by Breast Cancer. We are dedicated to building the sport of gymnastics, making the athletes better and providing the apparel to create champions.

In 1981, GK was founded with one goal in mind: to support the sport of gymnastics by providing the very best apparel for them to succeed. Carter Cheskey, Executive Vice President, explains why GK is the choice of champions everywhere; "our fit is our secret recipe. We actually have a propriety fit formula that none of our competitors have. In gymnastics, you can’t afford to have a wardrobe malfunction. In a given competitive season we outfit thousands of gymnasts, and we’ve got hundreds of styles, because no one wants to look like every other girl in the gym." That desire to be the best for the best still guides GK as we continue to look for opportunities to give back to the sport of gymnastics. We want to thank you for supporting the company that supports your sport.

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Gabby Douglas Tells GK About her Movie, her Comeback and her Leotards

Gymnastics fans everywhere watched the Gabrielle Douglas inspired Lifetime movie, "Dreams of Gold," back in early February 2014 and became even bigger fans of the 2012 All-Around Olympic Gold Medalist.  After all of the excitement from the movie died down and Gabby has returned to training at Chow's Gymnastics in Des Moines, Iowa, we were able to grab a few moments of her precious time to ask her how she feels about the movie, her comeback and her leotards.


 

GK:  We were so excited to watch your Lifetime movie on Television, Gabby.  How exciting!  How involved were you in the writing and production of your story?
GD:  I worked a lot on the script with my family. Lifetime and Sony were awesome to work with during the whole process. I also worked with the Director and one of the Executive Producers on some of the casting and was able to give tips on my gymnastic skills and poses.

GK:  A lot of actors say that they never watch their own movies. Although someone else played your part, did you sit down and watch the Gabby Douglas Story on TV?
GD:  I did. I was actually in New York City when it aired because I was a Special Correspondent for Inside Edition at Super Bowl XLVIII.  I had a small viewing party in my hotel room with my mom, my publicist, and another friend. My siblings had a viewing party at home in Los Angeles.

GK:  Were there any parts in the movie that you felt were significantly dramatized for viewing purposes?
GD:  We only had 80 minutes to tell my story, so we had to condense some parts of my gymnastic career due to the time constraints.  Actually, my life story contained so much drama that we couldn't fit it all into the movie.

GK:  In the movie, Gabby all but gives up on her dream right at the height of her career, before the Olympics.  Is that true?  If so, is there a precise moment when you told yourself that you’re going to continue?
GD:  That was totally true!  I told the story in detail in my book, Grace, Gold & Glory: My Leap of Faith.  My family came to Iowa to celebrate the Holidays and my birthday with me in December 2011.  The time flew by so fast that before I knew it, they were leaving to return to Virginia.  I wanted to go with them because I was so homesick.  I missed them so much!  I told my mom that I wanted to quit just seven months before the 2012 Olympic Games. About two weeks after they left in January, I decided that I would stay and fight for my dream.

GK:  We’ve had some fans ask us about the leotards worn in the movie. Which ones were your most and least favorite?
GD:  I liked all of the gymnastics leotards in the movie. I thought it was cool how they recreated some of the competitive leotard styles that I actually wore during competitions.

GK:  What is your overall feeling about the Gabby Douglas story, as it was portrayed on television to the world?
GD:  I am very pleased with the movie!  So many people have told me how inspirational it was, and that was exactly the message that I wanted the move to tell.  It makes me happy that it touched so many lives!  It's very humbling to know that you can have a positive effect on others.

GK:  Has movie stardom changed your life in anyway?
GD:  In some ways it has and in other ways it has not.  I am still the same person I have always been, but now I know that many young people see me as a role model.  It is very important to me that they know that they can accomplish their goals the same way that I accomplished mine.  I think the biggest change is that I had a lot of wonderful opportunities after the Olympics, and they all required a lot of traveling!

GK:  We’ve seen you make appearances on a Disney Channel show, as well as a sitcom.  Do you plan on being in any other shows in the future?
GD:  I really enjoy acting and would like to do more in the future. For now, I have had to turn down some amazing appearances and acting opportunities so that I can focus on my training.

GK:  Your first Olympic appearance was quite a rush for the entire country.  What do you hope to accomplish at the next Olympics if you attend, and is there anything you would do differently to prepare?
GD:  I really want to upgrade my skills and add more difficulty to my routines. I think the way that I prepared last time gives me an excellent example of how I need to prepare this time. I will definitely do some things differently. My hope is to be a part of Team USA again and to continue to inspire others to pursue their goals.

GK:  And lastly, your Signature Collection of gymnastics leotards has been a HUGE hit with gymnasts across the country.  Tell us what inspires your design ideas and which styles you personally prefer to wear when training in the gym.
GD: I'm inspired by so many things!  My Summer collection is filled with bright colors, bold prints and lately a lot of sparkling Sequinz designs.  It's my hope that the styles are empowering to the athletes who choose to wear them.  I personally wear all of my Gabby Douglas leotards to the gym.  It's hard to pick which ones are my favorite when I love them all!  In the photo above, I'm wearing one of my signature leotards from Back to School 2013.

A big THANK YOU to Gabrielle Douglas for taking the time to tell us more about the movie.  We'll be here cheering for you on your journey to Rio 2016!  If you are a fan of Gabby, be sure to check out the latest gymnastics leotards from the Summer Gabrielle Douglas Signature Collection!  You won't be disappointed!

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Ebee Price and Kyla Ross Take Over Pacific Rim Championships In Under Armour Leotards

This year's Pacific Rim Championship in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada proved to be a huge success, once again, for USA Gymnastics teams!

Ellie Black, Ebee Price and Kyla Ross at Pac Rim Championships

Congratulations to Ebee Price and Kyla Ross on their top Senior, individual and All-Around scores. Price's All-Around score of 59.900 put her in the Gold with just 1.200 points above Ross, who placed second.

The talk of the championship was Price's floor exercise, featured below, where her highly technical routine looked like a walk in the park. Afterwards, she commented that this was the highlight of the competition for her. She was also very excited she was able to lead her team to win the All-Around, while winning three out of four individual event gold medals in a competition where she has never before competed. When interviewed, Price recognized the good nature of the spectators, praising them for enjoying the entire competition as a whole, instead of rooting for one gymnast over another.

Pulling through the ranks in the Junior Division, Bailie Key gave fellow gymnasts a run for their money, as well. Her performances earned her three individual Gold Medals, an All-Around Gold, and a team Gold Medal. She's one to keep your eye on in the upcoming years.

All of the women from Team USA competed in an elegant Under Armour competition leotard, designed specifically for their team events. To learn more about Under Armour leotards, and specifically about Team USA's leos, check out our post about Team USA at Jesolo Trophy.

 

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Team USA Takes the Podium in Under Armour Leotards at Jesolo Trophy

Congratulations to Team USA on their overwhelming wins at Jesolo! We are so thankful that photographer Filippo Tomasi was able to capture these amazing moments in gymnastics history to share with us.

Team USA consumed the Senior All-Around podium, with Kyla Ross from Gym-Max Gymnastics in Costa Mesa, CA in First Place, followed by Peyton Ernst from Texas Dreams Gymnastics and Maggie Nichols from Twin City Twisters in Minnesota.

Team USA in GK Gymnastics Leotards at Jesolo Trophy

Team USA senior gymnasts at Jesolo Trophy. Photographed by Filippo Tomasi.

Their winning leotard is an Under Armour custom v neck design in Sangria Mystique. Berry Mesh decorates the upper body of this Under Armour leotard, and lively Silver Mystique and Steel Mystique style lines add charm to the look. Finally, Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS adorn the arms and upper body to give these American gymnasts the glow of champions.

Team USA also won the Junior Title, with Bailie Key from Texas Dreams Gymnastics leading the Junior All-Around, followed by Nia Dennis from Buckeye Gymnastics in OH, and Nora Flattley from Chow's Gymnastics and Dance Studio in IA. All were American winners! Way to go, Ladies!

Team USA junior gymnasts at Jesolo Trophy in pink leotards

Team USA junior gymnasts at Jesolo Trophy. Photographed by Filippo Tomasi.

They accepted their trophies in a design created specially for Team USA. This Berry Mystique competitive gymnastics leotard is dazzling with a featured Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS chandelier design that flows from a White Sparkle applique. The additional SWAROVKSI ELEMENTS on the upper body and Berry Mesh sleeves bring the entire gymnastics leotard to life, insuring that all eyes stayed glued to these gymnastics champions.

If you love to be in the know about Team USA and their fashion-forward leotard designs, there's more to come. Follow USA Gymnastics and GK Gymnastics on Facebook for Team USA's latest competitions, leotards and wins. If you find yourself craving one of these fabulous featured leotards for yourself, shop our Special Order Competition Leotards, where you'll find similar styles that you can make your own with a few fabric, color and jewel selections.

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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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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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Color Games Gymnasts Compete in GK Tank Leotards at Rutgers University

This past weekend, Rutgers University hosted their annual Color Games gymnastics competition as a fundraiser for the Rutgers Gymnastics team.  The Color Games is a fun, invitational meet for USA Gymnastics Excel & Levels 2 through Level 10 athletes.  Over the past several years, gymnasts have competed in their team apparel, however, this year the event coordinators worked with GK Sales Representative Colleen Patton and decided on a change that made the meet more exciting, colorful and fun for everyone.  All participating athletes were provided and competed in the Color Games meet wearing GK's Mystique Low Scoop Neck Gymnastics Tank Leotard 3619.

TNT Gymanstics Athletes at Color Games in GK Gymnastics LeotardsRutgers selected these girls leotards in popular GK colors Sangria, Merlot, Sunshine and Lime.  Instead of competing for their individual club, the girls were all randomly assigned to a color and competed for their color team throughout the day.  The twist gives the participants an opportunity to meet other gymnasts from the area who were part of their team for the day.  The girls had a lot of fun naming their team at each session.  Some of the most popular team names chosen were "Green Machine," "Orange Crush," and "Pink Flamingos."  We're considering these as new fabric names!!

The participants featured to the right are Level 8 gymnasts from TNT Gymnastics in Maple Shade, NJ.  Thanks for showing off your GK style, girls.

If you like the look that the gymnasts wore at the Color Games, check out GK's selection of Basic Gymnastics Leotards for Girls.  But, if you want to mix things up a bit, check out the latest styles of In Stock Leotards from our annual catalog.

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GK Elite - Proud Sponsor of Nastia Liukin Cup

GK Elite is proud to once again sponsor the Nastia Liukin Cup, an annual Junior Olympic competition hosted by Olympic Gymnast, Nastia Liukin, and USA Gymnastics. It follows a series of 20 qualifying meets in 14 states throughout the United States. The qualifiers will meet at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex in Greensboro, NC on February 28, 2014, and will be dressed to compete in GK gymnastics apparel.

To create the perfect design for the Nastia Liukin Cup competitors, GK consulted Nastia Liukin, herself. Together, we've fashioned a leotard and warm-up for each of the competitors, and they are fabulous! They're sleek and sophisticated, yet sparkly and fun all at the same time. More importantly, they reflect the nature of the dedicated young athletes competing in this event. Don't miss it!

It's been an honor and a pleasure working with Nastia!  We can't thank her enough for her contribution to the gymnastics industry, and we're proud to support her event. To the left, you'll see a photo of our very own, Kelly McKeown, EVP of Design & Corporate Relations during her meeting with Nastia Liukin and USA Gymnastics' Adrienne Willy. The three met to collaborate on the designs.

Want your team to compete wearing the brand that champion gymnasts choose? Shop GKElite.com for the industry's best selection of workout and competitive gymnastics apparel.

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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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Hurry...Last Week for Guaranteed Holiday Styles

Make your list and check it twice! GK guarantees select holiday styles to be shipped to you by December 25th, if ordered by December 6, 2013. Styles include GK prints, Sequinz, and SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.

There are lots of affordable options for the gymnast on your holiday wish list! Look for the gift box icon for guaranteed styles. Applicable for shipments within the continental US only.

For all those little gymnasts on your list, our Bright Sapphire Sequinz GKids Leotard E2345 is a perfect option. This children's V back leotard in Bright Sapphire Nylon/Spandex features Turquoise Gumballs print side accents and is beautifully embellished in Silver and Turquoise Hologram Sequinz. Goes great with our Turquoise Gumballs GKids Shorts E2352.

Brighten up your gymnastics look with our Bright Lemon Lime V Neck Workout Leo E2369. This cheerful style is a striking V neck workout leotard in Lemon Lime Mystique fabric with a bold Berry Mystique right shoulder design featuring Black Mystique zig zag trim. You will love the clean lines and modern style of this gymnastics leotard.

For your teenage gymnast, our Aly Raisman Feather V Neck Workout Leo E2338 is just what she is looking for this year. This sleek, two tone Aly Raisman workout leotard in Berry and Sangria Mystique fabrics features an asymmetrical feather design highlighted with Silver Hologram Sequinz. GK Champion Alexandra Raisman is the most decorated American gymnast from the 2012 Olympic Games, where she won three medals. Aly took home the gold medal for her Floor Exercise routine and for her contributions toward the Team USA victory. She also received the bronze medal for her Balance Beam routine. Aly was also a finalist on the Spring 2013 season of Dancing with the Stars.

A sporty gymnastics leo option is our Black Moonstone Racerback Tank Leo E2360. This GK Exclusive Print is an athletic racer back style in Black Moonstone Nylon/Spandex print with symmetrical side and neckline details in Electric Turquoise Mystique.

For a bold patterned look, for your favorite gymnast, our Sleek Lime Confetti V Neck Workout Leo E2356 is a great option. Another GK Exclusive Print, this sporty v neck workout leotard features our Lime Confetti Polyester/Spandex print with symmetrical panel inserts in White Sparkle Hologram and Black Nylon/Spandex.

Only a few days left to shop our Guaranteed for the Holidays Styles. Be sure to get them before time runs out! Also check out the complete 2013 Holiday Gymnastics Collection while supplies last.

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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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ACROS Love Under Armour® Leotards

ACROS Optional Team from Evansville, Indiana absolutely love their new Under Armour® leotards. "We love GK because of the many different styles offered especially the new Under Armour® line!", says Julie Eder, VP of Booster Club. GK Elite has partnered with Under Armour® to create a line of leotards for the dedicated gymnast. We are proud to have been chosen by Under Armour® to manufacture the US National Team competitive and training apparel for USA Gymnastics through 2020. Read more about our partnership with Under Armour® here.

The athletes above show off their new Under Armour® gymnastics leotards. UA Elegance Style 6701 is featured above in fabric configuration A01 in White Opalescence Hologram, Sangria Mystique and Wild Sangria Sparkle Hologram. Optional jewel designs were selected in J867, J869 and T782 in Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS and J868 in Sangria SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS for a touch of sparkle. This gorgeous Under Armour® long sleeve gymnastics competition leotard is inspired by our National Team leotard worn at the 2013 Jesolo Trophy. This competition leo with V neck and back features sweetheart styling with pretty faux shoulder strap design.

Don't miss out on Under Armour®s extraordinary designs that will make you a better athlete. Shop the Under Armour Gymnastics Collection today!

 

 

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Hot Looks in GK's Aly Raisman 2013 Holiday Workout Essentials

GK has everything you need with lots of new styles and new fabrics for the best workout apparel around. Six artful new styles make great holiday gifts this season! GK Champion Alexandra Raisman is the most decorated American gymnast from the 2012 Olympic Games, where she won three medals. Aly took home the gold medal for her Floor Exercise routine and for her contributions toward the Team USA victory. She also received the bronze medal for her Balance Beam routine. Aly was also a finalist on the Spring 2013 season of Dancing with the Stars.

Our first style in Aly's Collection is a retro look with our Lime and Berry Alexandra Raisman Tank Leo E2342. This GK classic workout leotard in Black Nylon/Spandex offers a bold chest design and line detail in Lemon Lime and Berry Mystique. It also features Berry Velvet neckline trim. Another classic option is our Sublime Aly Raisman Sequinz Leotard E2339 a scoop back tank leo in Black Nylon/Spandex and Lemon Lime Mystique with alternating colors accented with Black and Lemon Lime Hologram Sequinz. Get a dramatic look with the Aly Raisman Bold Berry Workout Leotard E2341 a GK exclusive print. This athletic V neck tank leotard features Berry and new Silver Rings Nylon/Spandex fabric with striking side panel details in Charcoal Tech Mesh. This sporty Aly leo features Black SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS along front style lines for a touch of sparkle.

Aly has inspired some unique and trendy styles in gymnastics apparel. The Aly Raisman Feather V Neck Workout Leo E2338 is no exception. This sleek, two tone workout leotard features Berry and Sangria Mystique with an asymmetrical feather design highlighted in Silver Hologram Sequinz. Our Holiday Catalog cover image displays our Aly Raisman Silver Rings Leotard E2340. This gorgeous scoop back tank leotard in Electric Turquoise Mystique and Silver Rings Nylon/Spandex features a faux sweetheart neckline and Clear SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. A twist on a classic style, our scoop neck Aly Purple Diamond Workout Tank E2337  in Purple Nylon/Spandex has a scoop neck.with unique bodice design featuring Concord Mesh and Clear SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS for scattered sparkle.

If you love Aly Raisman's Signature Collection from GK, you have to check out the entire 2013 Holiday Catalog. Start your holiday shopping early, while supplies last!

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GK Champion Aly Raisman Supports "Uniting Against Lung Cancer" at Pine Brook Country Club

Join Aly Raisman in the fight against lung cancer. This year Aly is supporting an online auction titled, "Winning Together" benefiting Uniting Against Lung Cancer. Bidding is now in progress. The "Winning Together" Gala will be held October 19, 2013 at the Pine Brook Country Club in Weston, MA at 7:30pm EST featuring guest speaker, Two-Time Gold Medalist Aly Raisman. To purchase tickets or sponsorships for this live event click here. All proceeds for the event benefit Uniting Against Lung Cancer.

Among some wonderful packages available for auction are Aly Raisman's donations. One item is a framed autographed Sports Illustrated issue with the Women's USA Gymnastics Team, Fierce Five seen on the left. Click here to place your bid now on this item.

 

Aly Raisman, and other members of the Fierce Five, as well as Nastia Liukin, Mary Lou Retton, and Carly Patterson donated signed gymnastics leotards shown below. Place your bid for this item here.

 

 

 

 

 

Other packages include more incredible sports memorabilia, fabulous once-in-a-lifetime experiences, restaurant packages and much more. Winners do not have to be present, so place your online bid today to join Aly in showing your support! Click here for bidding instructions and for more information on "Winning Together" and other items available for auction.

If you are looking to refresh your gymnastics apparel wardrobe, check out GK's entire Alexandra Raisman Collection today for the latest styles inspired by Aly herself!

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World Champion Gymnasts in Under Armour® & GK Leotards

More Champions wear gymnastics apparel made by GK Elite Sportswear than any other company. At the 2013 World Championships,11 of the 15 female medalists wore GK or Under Armour® branded leotards manufactured by GK Elite Sportswear.

GK is the world leader in gymnastics apparel right here in Reading, PA! It truly showed this year at the 2013 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Antwerp Sports Palace, Belgium. We would like to congratulate the All-Around Champions, Simone Biles, Kyla Ross and Aliya Mustafina. Simone Biles of Spring, Texas, represented Bannon’s Gymnastix, Inc., and earned the gold medal with a score of 60.216 total. Kyla Ross of Aliso Viejo, Calif./Gym-Max earned the second spot with the silver medal and tallied a score of 59.332 points. This year was the third time in history that the U.S. placed first and second in the all-around at Worlds. Aliya Mustafina from Russia earned a score of 58.856 and the bronze medal.

Photo © USA Gymnastics / John Cheng

The U.S. Champions, Simone and Kyla are wearing a custom designed National Team style specially made by GK for Worlds. This gorgeous long sleeve competitive gymnastics leotard is made of our Berry Mystique fabric and Berry Mesh sleeves. Our V neck cascading design is beautifully adorned in Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS with side and chest accents in White Sparkle. 

Aliya Mustafina is wearing a custom GK made classic scoop back competition leotard in Red Mystique with Red Hot Mesh neckline and wrist accents. Embellished with Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, this stunning leo offers a unique bodice design perfect for a World Champion!

If you love these custom looks in gymnastics competitive leos be sure to check out our design studio to get started on a custom design of your own. Shop online today for our In Stock Long Sleeve Competitive Leos.

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