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.

GK. Choice of Champions.

 

Leave a Comment

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.

GK. Choice of Champions.

Leave a Comment

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.

GK. Choice of Champions.

 

Leave a Comment

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.

GK.  Choice of Champions.


 

Leave a Comment

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.

                                                                              GK. Choice of Champions.

Leave a Comment

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.

GK. Choice of Champions.

 

Leave a Comment

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.

GK. Choice of Champions.

 
Leave a Comment

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.

GK. Choice of Champions.

 

 

 

 

Leave a Comment

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!

 

 

Leave a Comment

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!

GK. Choice of Champions.

 

Leave a Comment

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!

GK. Choice of Champions.

 

 

 

Leave a Comment

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.

GK. Choice of Champions.

Leave a Comment

Kyla Ross in Fierce GK Design at Championships

Kyla Ross from Gym-Max of Aliso Viejo, California was a shining star at the 2013 P&G National Championships a few weeks ago. She held a gold medal in the uneven bars and again on the balance beam, a silver in the all-around and placed 7th in the floor exercise. Her outstanding performances will allow her to move onto Worlds with the rest of the USA National Team.

Shown above, Kyla wore GK's Vibrant Sweetheart Gymnastics Leotard 7561 a long sleeve gymnastics leo with classic neckline featuring sweetheart bodice styling and vibrant design with optional jeweling. This elegant swirled look consists of Red, Black, and Gunmetal Mystique fabrics with unique Nude Mesh upper bodice and sleeves. It is beautifully embellished with black diamond crystals in jewel patterns J828, T721, and T777.

If you love Kyla's Championship winning look, shop our Women's Special Order Gymnastics Competition Designs today!

GK. Choice of Champions.

Leave a Comment

GK Champions at P&G Nationals

The GK Team was elated to be spending quality time with 2012 All-Around Champion, Gabby Douglas and 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, Aly Raisman at the P&G National Championships in mid August. These inspiring athletes hung out at our booth to meet their fans and sign autographs. It was nice to catch up with them and meet aspiring gymnasts passionate about the sport of gymnastics.

The GK team is all set up for Gabby's autograph session in the photo above. From left to right are CSR, Alys Wanyo, Sales Rep, Laura Robezzoli, CSR, Kelly Carson, President and CEO, Dan Casciano, 2012 Olympic All-Around Champion, Gabby Douglas, Executive Vice President, Carter Cheskey, CSR, Lauren Brzostowski, Marketing Manager, Kelly Christman, CSR, Kim Wloczewski, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Steve Barnett, and Designer, Jeanne Douglass.

The GK girls stopped for a photo with Aly Raisman before her autograph session. From left to right above are CSR, Kelly Carson, Sales Rep, Kylee Rogers, Sales Rep, Lori Johnson, 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, Aly Raisman, CSR, Lauren Brzostowski, CSR, Alys Wanyo, and CSR, Kim Wloczewski.

Gabby & Aly's autograph sessions were a huge success! The lines wrapped around the hallways and chatter filled the room with excited fans. GK also offered chances to win embellishments on GK's gymnastics designs and even a raffle for a beautifully decorated SWAROVSKI USA Gymnastics 50th Anniversary leo. Read more about this leo here. We took tons of orders from coaches stocking up on brand new styles of gymnastics apparel. Our team enjoyed the competition as well as the elaborate trade show held throughout the weekend. Thanks to all who stopped by our booth and we look forward to another successful event next year!

Shop our latest styles of gymnastics leotards from our Back to School Collection.

GK. Choice of Champions.

 

 

Leave a Comment

A Shining Moment at Championships with GK's $5K Swarovski Leo Winner

Michell Hacker, Owner of Arizona Dreams in Prescott Valley, AZ couldn't be more excited that her name was selected as the winner of our "USA Gymnastics 50th Anniversary Leo" from our Couture Collection. This one-of-a-kind GK leo features over 7,000 SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS with a retail value of over $5,000.

Congress attendees entered to win this extraordinary design where the proceeds benefited Right to Play, a non-profit organization whose mission is to use sport and play to educate and empower children and youth to overcome the effects of poverty, conflict, and disease in disadvantaged communities. This SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS adorned long sleeve competitive gymnastics leotard evokes both pride and patriotism, featuring over 7,000 handset and heat transferred SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS over a Rich Royal Mystique fabric. Due to the generosity of Swarovski, the GK leotard designer, Erica Jones, was able to select an array of gorgeous jewel types and hues to illuminate the leotard.  Erica chose a variety of stunning stone colors including Topaz, Dark Indigo, Sapphire Satin, Chalk White, Golden Shadow, Air Blue Opal and Indian Siam, all donated by the premium brand for the finest crystal elements in the world, SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.

GK uses SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS exclusively on all special order garments, the premium brand for the finest crystal elements. Austrian made, SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS can be added to your apparel for maximum sparkle. GK offers over 90 special orders styles and 80 fabric and jewel options to give you over 188 million possibilities. Shop our Special Order Women's Gymnastics Competitive Wear Designs for your own team colors and customize with your choice of fabrics, colors, and embellishments.

GK. Choice of Champions.

Leave a Comment

GK Attends P&G National Championships

We had such a great time at this year's P&G National Championships, Congress and trade show events in Hartford, CT. Many aspiring athletes hurried to our booth at the Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas autograph sessions where they got to meet these Olympic Gold Medalists.

Aly and Gabby were happy to hang out at our booth at Congress meeting young gymnasts and signing postcard photos. The line grew quickly as you can see to the left. The GK booth was beautifully displayed with a variety of gymnastics leotards available for purchase. GK participated in the Mega Raffle and the Rapid Deals offering chances to win team prizes of free Sequinz embellishments on team warm ups and leotards. We held another raffle for a one of a kind USA Gymnastics 50th Anniversary GK designed leo worth $5,000. Proceeds from the raffle benefited Right to Play, a non-profit organization whose mission is to use sport and play to educate and empower children and youth to overcome the effects of poverty, conflict, and disease in disadvantaged communities. 

Shop our Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas Collections while supplies last.

GK. Choice of Champions.

Topaz, Dark Indigo, Sapphire Satin, Chalk White, Golden Shadow, Air Blue Opal and Indian Siam, all donated by the premium brand for the finest crystal elements in the world, SWAROVKSI ELEMENTS. - See more at: http://blog.gkelite.com/blog/gk--choice-of-champions/gk-designs-5000-couture-leotard-for-usa-gymnastics-50th-anniversary#sthash.NhNDoJ58.dpuf
Topaz, Dark Indigo, Sapphire Satin, Chalk White, Golden Shadow, Air Blue Opal and Indian Siam, all donated by the premium brand for the finest crystal elements in the world, SWAROVKSI ELEMENTS. - See more at: http://blog.gkelite.com/blog/gk--choice-of-champions/gk-designs-5000-couture-leotard-for-usa-gymnastics-50th-anniversary#sthash.NhNDoJ58.dpuf
2013 Couture Collection including the "USA Gymnastics 50th Anniversary Leo". Read more here. Raffle tickets are available during the Fashion Show to win this extraordinary design. - See more at: http://blog.gkelite.com/blog/choice-of-champions-gymnastics-blog/gk-hosts-4th-annual-fashion-show-at-2013-national-championships#sthash.rmnhvDwW.dpuf
2013 Couture Collection including the "USA Gymnastics 50th Anniversary Leo". Read more here. Raffle tickets are available during the Fashion Show to win this extraordinary design. - See more at: http://blog.gkelite.com/blog/choice-of-champions-gymnastics-blog/gk-hosts-4th-annual-fashion-show-at-2013-national-championships#sthash.rmnhvDwW.dpuf
2013 Couture Collection including the "USA Gymnastics 50th Anniversary Leo". Read more here. Raffle tickets are available during the Fashion Show to win this extraordinary design. - See more at: http://blog.gkelite.com/blog/choice-of-champions-gymnastics-blog/gk-hosts-4th-annual-fashion-show-at-2013-national-championships#sthash.rmnhvDwW.dpuf
Leave a Comment

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

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

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

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

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

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

GK.  Choice of Champions.

Leave a Comment

Take a Peek at GK Championships Leo Designs

The 2013 USA Gymnastics Championships are just around the corner. This year, the Championships will be held at the XL Center in Hartford, CT on August 15-18. The U.S. Gymnastics Championships will determine the U.S. champions and the U.S. national team for the junior and senior levels. Close by, the Connecticut Convention Center, will be the site for the USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show where various vendors will have booths set up including our GK Elite Gymnastics brand.

Stay on the lookout for these exquisite styles in gymnastics apparel. Gymnasts from one of the nations top gymnastics training facilities will be wearing a unique combination of Velvet, Mystique, and Mesh, beautifully decorated with Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS and featuring a custom flower applique. You won't want to miss this team of up and coming powerhouse gymnasts!

Another artistic gymnast will be wearing a fierce design available through special order. Our "flame-inspired" Amazing Tribal Competition Leotard 7566 will appear in Imperial Purple, White and Lavender Ice Mystique. V neck  and sleeves are delicately made in White Mesh and embellished with Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.

 

Last but not least, this modern style is bold and ready to impress! GK's Wrapping Ribbon Gym Leo 9566 is a clean-lined dazzling Black and Berry Mystique Championship leo. This design offers a scoop neck and beautifully decorated sleeves in Berry Mesh with White Sparkle Underlay with swirling design lines including Princess Pink Sparkle and Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.

These patterns are sure to make it to the top with these rising athletes! Keep on the lookout for even more GK styles at Championships in August. Shop our Special Order Competition Leotards and be ready for your next competition.

GK. Choice of Champions.

Leave a Comment

Your Chance to Meet Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman

Always wanted to meet Gabby and Aly?  Here's your chance!  GK Champions Gabrielle Douglas and Alexandra Raisman will sign autographs at the GK booth at USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show on Friday, August 16, 2013.

GK Champion Gabby Douglas is the first American gymnast in history to win the Olympic All-Around and Team Gold in the same Olympic year.  She recently won the Subway Sportswoman of the Year and YoungStars Award at the 2013 BET Awards and was also recognized as the Associated Press' 2012 Female Athlete of the Year.  Gabby will sign autographs for any USA Gymnastics Congress attendee who visits the GK booth on Friday, August 16 at 2pm.  Select styles from the Gabrielle Douglas Signature Collection of workout leotards will be available for purchase at that time.

GK Champion Gabrielle DouglasGK Champion Aly Raisman

GK Champion Aly 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.  Earlier this year, Aly was a finalist on the Spring 2013 season of Dancing with the Star.  She will sign autographs for any USA Gymnastics Congress attendee who visits the GK booth on Friday, August 16 at 10am.  Select styles from the Alexandra Raisman Signature Collection of workout leotards will be available for purchase at that time.

Stay tuned for more details on all of the exciting things GK has to offer at the 2013 USA Gymnastics National Congress & Trade Show.

GK.  Choice of Champions.

Leave a Comment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GK.  Choice of Champions.

Leave a Comment