2012 USA Gymnastics Leotards by Elite Sportswear - Purple Starburst

The Fierce Five returned to North Greenwich Arena for the Women's Qualifications and continued the starburst trend, only this time it was in purple!  The Imperial Purple Mystique long sleeved gymnastics leotards had the same stunning starburst design with alternating panels of Concord Mesh over Natural Shadowproof Fabric. Stars were crafted with Clear SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS lighting up the bodice of the leotard.

Do you just have to have the same elegant, regal leotard?  GK is the only place to get authorized replicas of the USA Gymnastics team leotards available for purchase through December 30, 2012.  Perseverance AS428 is a v-neck tank gymnastics leotard in Purple nylon/spandex and Imperial Purple Mystique featuring clear jewel star accents and the National Team logo.

Shop here for all of the 2012 USA Gymnastics Replica Leotards.

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U.S. Lawmakers Impressed With GK

On Wednesday, August 22, 2012, U.S. Senator Pat Toomey and U.S. Representative Jim Gerlach visited GK and were impressed with what they saw.  Sen. Toomey and Rep. Gerlach were given the grand tour of GK's manufacturing facility and saw first hand all of the intricate steps involved in crafting the best gymnastics apparel in the industry. 

The Lawmakers started where all GK apparel begins - in the design department.  They then walked through each department getting a glimpse of the pattern making, cutting, embellishing, sewing, and inspection processes.  Both admired the specific skill sets of GK employees necessary for crafting gymnastic apparel. Afterward, Toomey said, "Elite Sportswear shows that manufacturing is still thriving in this state and America.  [GK] is an example of a company that used innovation to target their market." 

GK is immensely proud of the fact that every one of its gymnastics leotards, for the beginner athlete or a gold medalist, is Made in the USA.  Gerlach touched on this fact as well saying, "We need to put in place the right policies that will allow [GK] to compete effectively and stay in the United States." 

To see coverage of the visit in the local news and press, check out the links below.

Lawmakers tour Reading garment factory

Toomey, Gerlach tour sportswear company

Thank you Sen. Toomey and Rep. Gerlach for coming to visit GK!

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Team USA Leotards by Elite Sportswear - Berry Starburst

The first Team USA competition leotard to makes its debut in London was a stunning pink creation!  It wasn't so much a matter of if the Team would wear pink, but when.  The soon to be Fierce Five sported these beautiful pink gymnastic leotards when they first hit the Olympic floor for podium training. 

This long sleeve competition leotard is a custom design with a regal v neck and v back.  The foundation fabric is Berry Mystique with the starburst design created with alternating Berry Mesh fabric.  The glittering star appliques are made of Clear SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS on the front and back of the leotard.  On the right shoulder is the iconic circle of stars logo of the USA Gymnastics National Team.

Love this leo?  Have to have it? GK has the only authorized replicas of the USA gymnastics team leotards available for purchase through December 30, 2012.  Determination AS427 is a v-neck tank gymnastics leotard with the same bold starburst design as the Team USA  leotard featuring clear jewel star accents and the National Team logo.  It's created with Berry nylon/spandex and Berry Mystique. 


Shop here for all of the 2012 Team USA Replica Leotards.  Looking for competition gymnastic leotards of your own design? Check out GK's Design Studio to get started.

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2012 Team USA Replica Gymnastics Leotards from Elite Sportswear

We can't wait any longer!  Elite Sportswear is pleased to announce - 10 days earlier than expected - the Everyday Champions Special Edition Catalog - patriotic gymnastics leotards inspired by Team USA!  We want to celebrate the everyday champions - the athletes who supported, cheered, and aspire to one day be... Team USA!

The Special Edition Catalog offers:

2012 TEAM USA Replica Gymnastic Leotards will be available for pre-booking immediately.  The catalog will be available August 13th - December 30th, 2012.

Even more reason to be proud - every gymnastics leotard in the Special Edition catalog is sewn and assembled in the USA. 

Shop the Everyday Champions catalog now for your authentic souvenir of the 2012 London Games!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GK Hosts Legendary Designers for Autograph Sessions

Earlier this month at USA Gymnastic's National Congress & Trade Show, the GK Booth suddenly had a long, long line to get in. The reason?  Some of GK's "legendary designers" showed up to autograph the GK Special Edition Gymnastics Legends catalog for fans.  The Gymnastics Legends leotards were on display in the booth from June 28 to July 1. 

Team Captain of the 1996 Magnificent Seven and the first U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team to win Gold in all of Olympic history, Amanda Borden, met with fans and signed autographs at the GK booth on Friday, June 29th.  Her Sequinz Flag Gymnastics Leotard E1956 has a classic scoop neck and is made of Silver Mystique and White Nylon/Spandex.  She found inspiration for her legends gymnastics leotard in her Magnificent Seven teammates.  The seven stripes of the abstract flag on her leotard represent the seven team members who won Gold at the 1996 Olympics.

On Saturday morning, Kim Zmeskal, the first-ever American woman to become All-Around World Champion in 1991, arrived ready to greet her fans. Her Contrast V-Neck Gymnastics Leotard E1958 is made of Silver Mystique, and Radiant Royal Sparkle Hologram featuring nail head accent and clear SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.  Kim's design inspiration for her gymnastics leotard came from the logo design of the 1991 World Championships.  Kim brought along her gymnast, Kennedy Baker, to the autograph signing - a bonus for fans!

Carly Patterson arrived at the GK booth later on Saturday.  Carly became the second American woman to win Olympic Gold for the Individual All-Around at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.  Her Modern Zig Zag Trim Gymnastics Leotard E1961 is a scoop back tank leotard featuring an Olympic rings design made of Ocean, Black, Red, Yellow, Kelly Green, and Black Mystiques atop a Silver Mystique fabric.  Her design is inspired by the greatest achievement of her gymnastics career, the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

The lines to meet and get autographs from these three legendary American gymnasts were very long, but the many fans waited patiently for the coveted signatures and a chance to meet a gymnastic legend. 

Shop it before it's gone on August 15th - the GK Special Edition Gymnastics Legends Catalog.

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GK Booth at 2012 National Congress

Each year USA Gymnastics hosts the National Congress & Trade Show and each year GK is there.  This year was extra exciting with the Olympic Trials going and GK was front and center at the show with their super-sized booth!  The best of GK gymnastic apparel was on display.  All of our gymnastic leotards were showcased for coaches, gym owners, athletes, and fans to touch and see up close.  Lots of people were excited to see a leotard that they had on order.  Others were looking for inspiration for their next design or purchase.  Many people were checking out the latest Back To School Workout Essentials leotards.  From Special Order to In Stock, Ultimate Brilliance to GK Couture, GymTek to GKids - there were lots of gymnastics leotards to ooh and ahh over.  Our new Engineered Art line and the unbelievable Free Sequinz Promo had everyone talking.

GK was taking orders at the booth and giving away tote bags, catalogs, and Nastia Liukin calendars.  Thank you to everyone who signed up for our mailing list!  Congratulations to Crista N. from Miami, Florida who won the SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS contest and a $500 gift card from GK!

We look forward to phone calls, questions, and orders from everyone that stopped by to visit with us!  Remember the GK "booth" is always on line at www.gkelite.comFlip through the Back to School Workout Essentials here.

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GK Sales Reps Set Up Shop at T&T Junior Nationals

USA Gymnastics recently held the 2012 Trampoline & Tumbling Junior National Championships in Long Beach, California.  From July 4th to July 11th, athletes and fans enjoyed days of competition and activities.  GK Elite Sportswear Representatives, June Blackman and Kiana Ross, presented a lavish gymnastics leotard and gymnastics apparel collection at the event which kept them busy!  Here are some great photos of their GK Boutique.

Remember, you can always shop online 24/7 at www.gkelite.com, or give our Customer Service Experts a call at 1-800-345-4087 and they will be happy to assist you with your gymnastic leotard needs!

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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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GK Checks In With Kyla Ross

Kyla Ross won 4th place for the All-Around at the Visa Championships - the next to the last stop on the road to London 2012. She also placed 2nd on Uneven Bars, 4th on Beam, and 6th on Floor.  15-year-old Kyla lives in Aliso Viejo, California and trains at Gym-Max Gymnastics under head coach Jenny Zhang.  Her foray into the sport began in 1999 when her mom enrolled her in a gymnastics class to harness all of her energy.  Kyla's current goal is to secure one of the 5 spots on the the 2012 Olympic Team.  Her dream may come true in just days. In the meantime, GK got to learn a little more about Kyla so we wanted to share with our friends and fans. 

GK:  When did you start in gymnastics?

Kyla: I have been doing gymnastics since I was 3 years old.

GK:  So, are you training for anything in particular right now?  : )

Kyla:  The Olympic Trials! 

GK:  What’s your training schedule like currently?

Kyla:  I train 6 days a week for about 32 hours a week.

GK:  There has been so much speculation about the coveted “five spots” for the Olympic Team and the need for strong all-arounders versus event specialists.  Where do you think you fit in and what do you have to offer the team if chosen? 

Kyla: I have won several AA titles in my gymnastic career so, I would like to think that I could contribute to the team in that same fashion.  Recently, my strongest events have been beam and bars, which I think are very important contributions to the team.

GK:  You have a considerable amount of international experience – does it give you an advantage in competition? 

Kyla: I have a lot of international experience.  Prior to this year, I had been on the Junior National Team since 2009.  As a junior, I went on practically every international assignment that the USA competed in.  I became a senior this past January and I have already done 2 international assignments. I feel that it is definitely an advantage because the international conditions can be so different from what we are used to here in the states.  This goes for everything…weather, food, time zone, equipment, etc.  The more experience you have, the easier it becomes to adapt to anywhere you go.

GK:  What is your favorite event and why?

Kyla:  Beam!  I have always loved beam because I feel it is extremely challenging every time you get on it.  I also find that it showcases the most grace and perfection with every move you make.

GK:  What is your coach reminding you of constantly?

Kyla:  During my competitions my coach is always reminding me to visualize in my head my routine for my next event.

GK:  What’s on your iPod?

Kyla: One Direction, Rhianna, Beyonce, P Diddy, and Justin Bieber are some of the artists I listen to.

GK: Do you have a favorite GK gymnastics leotard?

Kyla: The red, white, and blue Freedom Gymnastics Leotard I wore on day 2 of the 2012 Visa Championships.

GK: How did you like modeling gymnastics leotards for the 2012-2013 GK Competitive Catalog?

Kyla: I had a lot of fun modeling and I enjoyed doing it with Aly Raisman.

GK: What did you think of the GK SWAROVSKI Couture Gymnastics Leotard?

Kyla: I thought it was very elegant and beautiful with all the crystal ELEMENTS on it.  I couldn’t believe how much it sparkled and how heavy it was!

GK: What do you do on your day off or down time – if you have any right now?

Kyla:  Whenever I have free time I like hanging out with my friends and family, go shopping, and I just started online classes to get my driver’s license!

GK: What are you most proud of so far in your gymnastics career?

Kyla: I’m proud that I have made it this far in gymnastics within such a short amount of time. I also feel very fortunate to compete for Team USA and have traveled to all the places I have been to.

Good Luck Kyla!  GK will be cheering you on at the Olympic Trials June 29-July 1, 2012 in San Jose, California. 

Check out Kyla in the GK 2012-2013 Women's Competitive Catalog here!

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Lexie Priessman Captures the 2012 VISA Championships Junior All-Around Title in GK

Junior international elite gymnast Lexie Priessman claimed the Junior All-Around Title at the 2012 VISA Championships in style as she wore a GK Elite Special Order Competitive Wear leotard!  Lexie began gymnastics at the age of 5 and now trains at the Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy in Ohio under the coaching of Mary Lee Tracy and Amy Wert. 

Aside from her Junior All-Around Title at the 2012 VISA Championships on June 7-10 in St. Louis, Missouri, Lexie also captured the Junior Floor Exercise Title and silver medals on the vault and uneven bars.  Way to go Lexie!  Previously in March, Lexie traveled to Italy to help the USA team win gold in the City of Jesolo Trophy.  There, she gained the All-Around title and was first on the vault, second on the uneven bars, and third in the floor exercise.

Lexie made a statement at the VISA Championships in a stunning GK Elite Special Order Long Sleeve Leotard style 9537.  This striking leotard is constructed with Imperial Purple Mystique, Berry Slither, and Steel Mystique fabrics and is adorned with Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.  Check out the youtube video above to watch Lexi's outstanding floor routine from the Championships in her GK Elite Competitive Leotard!

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Senior International Elite MyKayla Skinner Loves GK Leotards!

MyKayla Skinner, a senior international elite gymnast, trusts GK Elite to deliver the best quality and comfort when she competes.  At just fourteen years old, MyKayla was the youngest gymnast in the Senior division at the 2012 VISA Championships this June in St. Louis, Missouri.  Despite her young age, MyKayla performed terrifically, winning 15th in the all-around and 3rd on the vault! 

MyKayla trains at Desert Lights Gymnastics in Chandler, Arizona and is coached by Lisa Spini, Neela Nelson, Bruce McGehee, Bob Peterson and Chris George.  In March, she represented the USA team at the City of Jesolo Trophy in Italy where she placed 10th in the all-around, 5th on the vault, and 4th in the floor exercise.

In the image below, MyKayla is competing in a GK Elite Women’s Long Sleeve Leotard style 7524.  This elegant but bold leotard is made of Gunmetal Mystique, Purple Slither, and White Slither fabrics and is embellished with Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.  If you like this leotard, check out style 7540 which is a similar leotard from GK Elite’s 2012-2013 Competitive Wear!

Shop all of GK Elite’s IN STOCK and Special Order Women's Competitive wear and warm-ups by clicking here!

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GK Elite Displays GK Couture Collection at Congress: Freedom

GK Elite Sportswear, L.P., along with the support of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, proudly introduces their unique and intricate GK 2012-2013 Couture Collection leotards.  All four leotards in this collection will be on display at USA Gymnastics National Congress in San Jose on June 29-July 1, 2012.

Freedom, the fourth stunning leotard in GK’s line of Couture Leotards, is adorned with approximately 13,500 jewels all generously donated by Swarovski, the premium brand for the finest crystal elements in the world.  Designer Jeanne Douglass chose from an array of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS to create this beautiful and powerful leotard.  This unique long sleeve leotard is studded with Swarovski Classic Crystals, Nailheads, Chessboard Circle, Chessboard Square, Graphic Flat Back, Oval, Pearl, Square, and Eclipse in colors such as Crystal Moonlight, Brushed Silver Metallic, Sapphire, Montana, and many more atop a White Mystique fabric.

Jeanne says that her inspiration for this patriotic leotard comes from her personal Olympic image of athletes victoriously wrapping themselves in the American flag.  She strived to bring the American flag to life by making it figuratively become the gymnast’s uniform.  To incorporate this idea into her design, Jeanne imitated ribbons wrapping around the gymnast’s body through different shades of red crystals.  The detail and beauty  of the sport of gymnastics is represented in the intricacy of the white areas while its power is signified by the blue areas.

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GK Elite Displays GK Couture Collection at Congress: Radiance

GK Elite Sportswear, L.P., along with the support of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, proudly introduces their unique and intricate GK 2012-2013 Couture Collection leotards.  All four leotards in this collection will be on display at USA Gymnastics National Congress in San Jose on June 29-July 1, 2012. 

Radiance, third in this exclusive line of leotards, is adorned with approximately 14,500 SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS including Classic Crystals, Crystal Fabric, Chessboard Circle, Metallic Nailheads, and Circular Metallics in colors such as Crystal Moonlight, Jet Hematite, Black Diamond, and Crystal Golden Shadow that all lay atop a Charcoal Mystique fabric.  This leotard flaunts a $5,000 estimated retail value.  Swarovski generously donated all of the jewels that designer Kelly McKeown utilized in her unique creation. 

Kelly has also designed gymnastics apparel for the 1996 Olympics and the National Teams for many countries including the USA, Russia, South Africa, Belarus, New Zealand, Canada, Brazil, and England.  Her experience in design enabled her to create a Couture Leotard radiating elegance and sophistication through the mixture of shapes, sizes, and colors of the thousands of stones and studs.   Her inspiration stemmed from the circular motion of a gymnast’s routines for all four of the apparatus that they use.  Kelly successfully  reflected the sense of motion that gymnasts create as they rotate through tumbling, dismounts, and uneven bars routines in her one-of-a-kind leotard.

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GK Elite Displays GK Couture Collection at Congress: Independence

GK Elite Sportswear, L.P., along with the support of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, proudly introduces their unique and intricate GK 2012-2013 Couture Collection leotards.  All four leotards in this collection will be on display at USA Gymnastics National Congress in San Jose on June 29-July 1, 2012. 

Independence, the second in the line of couture gymnastics leotards, boasts an approximate retail value of $5,500.  This one-of-a-kind long sleeve competitive gymnastics leotard is embellished with over 18,000 handset and heat transferred SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS atop Silver Mystique fabric. 

Leotard designer, Ann Jones, chose from an array of gorgeous jewel types and hues all donated by Swarovski, the premium brand for the finest crystal elements in the world.  To evoke both pride and patriotism, Ann chose variegated blue star shaped crystal rock, clear Aurora Borealis star Shaped crystal rock, clear crystal stars, and classic round crystals in Sapphire Blue, Light & Dark Siam, Light & Crystal Aurora Borealis, Dark Indigo, Sky Blue, White & Air Blue Opal, and Clear Crystals.  The stained glass windows at the Washington Memorial Chapel, where Ann has been a member throughout her life, provided inspiration for this nationalistic couture leotard.

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GK Elite Displays GK Couture Collection at Congress: Courage

GK Elite Sportswear, L.P., along with the support of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, proudly introduces their unique and intricate GK Couture Collection leotards.  All four leotards in this collection will be on display at USA Gymnastics National Congress in San Jose on June 29-July 1, 2012.  Courage, the first in this line, was designed for the Pink Invitational outreach gymnastics meet which was held on February 24-26, 2012.  The proceeds from the raffle of this courage-inspired leotard benefited Unite for HER, a non-profit organization dedicated to breast cancer awareness.

This incredibly rare and ornate long sleeve competitive gymnastics leotard holds a retail value of $5,000 and is part of GK’s 2012-2013 Couture Collection.  Over 10,000 handset Classic and Diamond Leaf SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS adorn a premium backdrop of Black and Petal Pink Mystique fabrics to evoke both strength and beauty from the leotard.  Swarovski, the premium brand for the finest crystal elements in the world, donated all SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, allowing leotard designer Julia Kline to choose from an array of hues to illuminate the leotard including Crystal Moonlight, Rose, Indian Pink, Fuchsia, Ruby, and more.  Julia said, “The flame design engulfing the iconic pink ribbon on the back of the leotard portrays the courageous 'fight' each woman faces when she braves her personal battle with breast cancer.  The rest of the design is symbolic of the strength and beauty that can arise from something so tragic."

Raffle tickets for this courage-inspired leotard were sold at the Pink Invitational and online and raised over $4,300 for Unite for HER.  The lucky recipient of this one-of-a-kind leotard was Bryn Kanagy a Level 4 gymnast from Centre Elite Gymnastics in State College, PA. 

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5 Things You Don't Want To Miss at USAG National Congress

The 48th Annual USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show is already set to be an incredibly exciting three days held in conjunction with the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, but GK wanted to add a bit of our own excitement to the already electric atmosphere.  Be sure to catch these 5 exciting GK events while at Congress June 29-July 1, 2012 at the San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, California.

1. DON'T MISS GK Couture Gymnastics Leotards!

All four of the GK Couture Leotards will be on display along with their companion leotards that are part of the SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Ultimate Brilliance Collection by Elite. These one-of-a-kind masterpieces were created with the partnership of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS who donated the thousands and thousands of crystals that inspired our designers without limits.  The GK Couture Collection of leotards have been and will be used to raise funds for various charitable causes.  Stop by the GK Booth #600 & #700 to see Independence, Courage, Radiance, and Freedom - brilliance you won't see anywhere else.  Stay turned to the GK blog for details on each Couture Leotard - coming soon!

2.  DON'T MISS not 1, but 2 GK Fashion Shows! 

The GK Fashion Shows will take place at Gymnastics City USA at the Village at Arena Green right outside of the HP Pavilion on Saturday 6/30 at 3:10 PM and Sunday 7/1 at 4:20 PM.  In addition to being the first to see the latest in GK Gymnastics Fashion, you may catch a glimpse of some former Olympians in the VIP section!  Don't miss the finale of GK Couture Leotards.  Set an alert on your calendar now so you get to the fashion show early for a prime viewing location.

3. DON'T MISS the chance to turn your GK Special Edition GK Legends Catalog into a collector's item! 

Stop by for an autograph from these GK Legends Designers:

  • Amanda Borden - Friday 6/29 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Kim Zmeskal - Saturday 6/30 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Carly Patterson - Saturday 6/30 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Stop by the GK Booth to have a look at the Leotards Designed by Champions for Champions.

4. DON'T MISS the launch of the latest in leotard fashion - Engineered Art!

Custom created leotards that reflect the artistry and technique that is gymnastics.  These unique leotards feature exclusive prints designed by GK and engineered to fit on the body of a leotard.  ART DECO, IMPRESSIONISM, ART NOUVEAU, POST IMPRESSIONIST - wrap yourself in art with GK Engineered Art Gymnastics Leotards.

5. DON'T MISS GK's FREE Sequinz Promotion!  Why pay for sequins when you can get them for FREE?

Beginning Monday, June 25, GK will offer a FREE stock sequinz design on select basic leotards.  GK has made it super easy for you:

  • Select one of six IN STOCK leotard styles
  • Choose your favorite leotard color
  • Pick 1 FREE sequinz design from 17 choices

But hurry, this offer expires July 31, 2012.

Be sure to highlight the GK Booth on your Congress Map - Booth #600 & #700 and visit us each day of the Trade Show.  We are so excited to see you there!

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GK's Guide to the Visa Championships

Next stop on the way to London 2012 - St. Louis, Missouri for the 2012 USA Visa Championships, June 7th-10th at Saint Louis University’s Chaifetz Arena.  The outcome of this event will determine the 2012 Champions and solidify the national team for both junior and senior elite levels for Men's Artistic Gymnastics ("MAG") and Women's Artistic Gymnastics ("WAG").  Just adding a bit to the pressure, the performances at this event will determine who advances to the 2012 US Olympic Trials in San Jose June 28th-July 1st.

The Competition Schedule is as follows:

Thursday, June 07, 2012

1:00 PM – Junior MAG Competition Day 1

6:30 PM – Senior MAG Competition Day 1

Friday, June 8, 2012

1:00 PM – Junior WAG Competition Day 1

6:30 PM – Senior WAG Competition Day 1

Saturday, June 9, 2012

11:30 AM – Senior MAG Competition Final Day

6:00 PM – Senior MAG Competition Final Day

Sunday, June 10, 2012

10:00 AM – Junior WAG Competition Final Day

2:30 PM – Senior WAG Competition Final Day

Televised Coverage (information via USAG)

  • Universal Sports - Women’s senior competition live on June 8 beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET.
  • NBC Sports will broadcast live coverage of the final day of both the men’s competition, June 9 from 1-3:30 p.m. ET, and the women’s competition, June 10 from 4-6 p.m. ET.

Online Coverage

  • Competition in the first day of senior women’s competition will be simultaneously webcast on www.usagym.com courtesy of www.UniversalSports.com.
  • For all four junior men’s and women’s sessions and the first day of senior men’s competition, USA Gymnastics will provide complete coverage of the event on its official YouTube channel.  USAG has already uploaded videos from women’s podium training.

Be sure to be on the look out for GK gymnastic leotards!  Tell us about your favorites!  The details of any that you see can be found by visiting www.gkelite.com.

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GK Outfits Level 10 Gymnasts for Women's Jr. Olympics

The country's best Level 10 gymnasts met and competed at the 2012 U.S. Women's Jr. Olympic National Championships at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, Virginia on May 11-12, 2012.  Just under the elite level, Level 10 is the highest level in the Jr. Olympics program.  Athletes from each of the eight USA Gymnastics regions came ready to compete.

Continuing a now ten-year tradition, GK supplied gymnastic apparel for the JO athletes including a long sleeve gymnastics leotard and a warm up.  GK representatives were on site in Virginia to hand out the apparel to the athletes.  The athletes were very excited to receive their GK box containing the weekend's wardrobe!

Each athlete received GK's Classic Jeweled Tank Leo Style 3599, from their region in Black Nylon/Spandex, White Sparkle, and one of eight beautiful Mystique fabric colors.  The tank leotard was embellished with their region number in silver sequinz.  For competition, GK supplied the athletes with a Classic Square Neck Long Sleeve Gymnastics Leotard Style 4804, made of Black/Nylon Spandex, coordinating Mystique fabrics, and embellished with Clear Crystals on the front chest.  GK also supplied warm ups for all of the athletes made of Black Stretch Woven, White Stretch Woven, and White Tech Mesh, with their region number on the front and the JO logo on the back of the warm up jacket. 

Connie Maloney, Women's JO Program Director, said, "The USA Gymnastics Jr. Olympic Program has been so fortunate to have a special association with GK Elite Sportswear.  For so many years, GK has outfitted all of the competitors at JO nationals, giving each region its own beautiful colors to identify them.  Thank you, GK, for being such a loyal supporter of our athletes and for always giving us such high quality apparel and top-notch service." 

GK congratulates all of the winners at the Women's 2012 JO's.  Visit the USAG website for complete results and fantastic photographs of the athletes in action in GK gymnastics apparel.  

GK provides gymnastics apparel for all USAG Junior Olympic National Events including, women's, men's, rhythmic, tumbling & trampoline, and acro.  GK has contributed over $3 Million in products in support of hallmark programs like the Junior Olympics. GK is passionate in its support of the sport. This singular focus explains why GK outfits more national teams, more gold medalists and, of course, more gymnasts worldwide.

Shop the 2012-2013 Women's Competitive Catalog here.

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Gymnastics Legend - Carly Patterson

Carly Patterson competed in the Athens Olympics in 2004 and became only the second American woman to capture Olympic Gold for the Individual All-Around.  Carly hit that pinnacle after a fast and furious gymnastics career with an impressive medal count at a young age.  Carly caught the gymnastics bug while attending a cousin’s birthday party at a local gym.  After literally bouncing around her home, her mother decided to enroll her in a gymnastics class.  Flash forward several years and Carly began training at the World Olympic Gymnastics Academy with Evgeny Marchenko and Natasha Boyarskaya as her personal coaches.

Carly exhibited tremendous talent from a young age.  She made the Junior National Team at the age of 12.  Two years later, she won the Junior National All-Around title.  At the 2003 World Championships, Carly won Gold and Silver medals, respectively, in the Team and All-Around events and then tied for the All-Around title at the 2004 U.S. Nationals.  She reached the height of her career in 2004 winning Olympic Gold for Individual All‑Around.  Carly describes this as “one of the most amazing moments of my life!” 

Carly was best-known for her impressive beam repertoire, being the first to perform an Arabian double front dismount, now aptly named the “Patterson.”  She also had amazing floor and vault skills.  Carly took time off after the 2004 Games to heal a back injury she’d had throughout the competition, and announced her retirement from the sport shortly thereafter.  Carly was inducted into the Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 2009.

Carly found inspiration for her 2012 GK Legends Collection Leotard in revisiting the culmination of her gymnastics career – the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.  Carly won the Individual All-Around Gold medal, making her only the second American woman to do so, 20 years after Mary Lou Retton first did in 1984.

According to Carly, “The Olympic rings wrapping around the leotard are an awesome representation of what I achieved in my gymnastics career.”  The foundation for Carly’s take on the rings is Silver Mystique and each ring is created with Ocean, Black, Red, Yellow and Kelly Green Mystiques.

Since her retirement, Carly made several talk show appearances, was featured on an NBC special, adorned the front of a Wheaties box, honored as the March of Dimes' “Sportswoman of the Year” in 2004, and named one of Teen People's “20 Teens Who Will Change the World” in 2005.  Currently, Carly attends the University of North Texas working towards her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications.  She is still very involved in gymnastic camps, speaking engagements and works with USA Gymnastics.

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Gymnastics Legend - Amanda Borden

Amanda Borden was Team Captain of the 1996 Magnificent Seven, the first U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team to win Gold in all of Olympic history.  Before leading the Magnificent Seven, Amanda proved herself to be a steady and consistent gymnast from the start of her training in 1984 at Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy.  Her talent and ability led her to be named to the National Team six times and the World Championship Team three times, eventually reaching the pinnacle of her career as Team Captain of the 1996 Gold Medal winning, history making, Olympic Team. 

USA Gymnastics Code of Points number 2.302, otherwise known as the “Borden,” is named after Amanda.  The Borden is a straddle pike jump from side position with ½ or ¾ turn on the balance beam.  USA Gymnastics also named Amanda Sportswoman of the Year in 1995. 

Outside of the gym, Amanda earned her B.S. summa cum laude in elementary education from Arizona State University.

When asked about her gymnastics career, Amanda Borden seems to have developed a theme upon answering… it’s all about the team!

Amanda’s inspiration for her 2012 GK Legends Collection Leotard stays true to her team theme and the source of her 1996 Olympic fame – her Magnificent Seven teammates.  Amanda described the experience as, “the biggest moment of my gymnastics career and one of the biggest moments in women’s gymnastics history.”  The Magnificent Seven, as they were aptly dubbed, was the first U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team to win Gold in all of Olympic history.

Amanda’s teammates were heroes to her personally and she was shocked and humbled when they voted her as team captain.  Amanda’s vivacious personality and encouraging nature coupled with a maturity beyond her years made her the perfect choice to lead the Magnificent Seven to the top of the Olympic podium. 

Amanda honors each of her team members with her GK design saying, “There are 7 stripes to represent the 7 members on the team.”  Always having favored red, white and blue, Amanda’s Legends Inspired Workout Leotard is a shimmering and brilliant combination of Silver Mystique and White Nylon/Spandex.  The stunning red Sequinz stripes are artfully laid out across the front of the leo paired with brilliant blue and silver Sequinz stars.

Currently, Amanda owns Gold Medal Gymnastics in Tempe, Arizona.  There, she also coaches combining her educational training with her athletic expertise.  Amanda provides expert commentary for gymnastics and cheerleading events on CBS Sports, Fox Sports, Turner Broadcasting and ESPN.  In addition, Amanda is a member of the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame and US Olympic Hall of Fame.  She currently sits on the Arizona Gymnastics Board.

Personally, Amanda has been married to her husband, Brad Cochran, for over five years and has two children, Kennedy, 4 and Brody, 1 1/2.  Amanda’s current goals focus on the next generation of athletes.  “My goal is to touch the lives of children all across Arizona to help them reach their goals, whatever they may be.”

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