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.

Shop the GK Gymnastic Legends Special Edition Catalog here!

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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.”

Shop the GK Gymnastic Legends Special Edition Catalog here!

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GK's Summer & Camp Workout Essentials are HOT!

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

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

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

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

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

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Make It or Break It Premiere Only Days Away!

Are you ready for the return of Make It or Break It?  In the Season 3 opener, the girls begin their tenure at the USA Training Center as eight weeks of competition stand between the Rock girls and their Olympic dreams. As they adjust to new surroundings, Payson copes with bad news, Kaylie tries to fit her boyfriend into her life and Lauren fears her custom-made perfume is making her ill.

Whether you are new to the series or a faithful fan, check out this must-see video from ABC Family to get caught up and ready for the Season Premiere airing Monday, March 26, at 9/8c.  What are you most looking forward to seeing? Any guesses as to what may happen this season?  Have a favorite GK Leo or two from the past seasons?

Can't wait till Monday? Relive every exciting moment with the MIOBI Marathon on SOAPnet, Sunday, March 25 starting at 9am/8c. Check out the schedule here!

Like the previous two seasons of MIOBI, GK gymnastics apparel will be featured on the series.  Our Behind the Make It or Break It Leotard blog series will also begin on March 26.  Be sure to visit the GK Blog to get a sneak peek of a GK leo from that night's episode and then shop our As Seen on MIOBI collection of gymnastics leotards.

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Behind the Make It or Break It Leo: Smells Like Winner

Welcome Back to Behind the Leo: A weekly spotlight on the GK Gymnastics apparel worn in each of this  season's Make It or Break It episodes.  Each week, you'll get a sneak preview of one of the leotards worn in that night's episode!

In tonight's Season 3 opener, the Rock girls begin their tenure at the USA Training Center. As they adjust to new surroundings, Payson copes with bad news, Kaylie tries to fit her boyfriend into her life and Lauren fears her custom-made perfume is making her ill.

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In tonight's season premiere, Lauren wears GK's beautiful Lime & Steel Tank Leotard Style 3645, an asymmetrical neckline gymnastic tank in Lime Mystique and Steel Mystique with black jewel accents.  The designer drew her inspiration from animals.  Their features, colors, and environment offer a lot of ideas in creating leotard designs.  In a past MIOBI season, GK had success with a simplified version of this leotard leading to the inspiration for this new leotard. This leo was designed to reflect how an animal camouflages itself into its environment. Most of the time you see the grass they are hiding in, but sometimes you get a glimpse of their stripes.  Shop this and other styles from tonight's episode here!

Do you have a favorite Make It or Break It leotard from the last two seasons? Tell us about it below!

Watch the Season Premiere of Make It or Break It tonight at 9/8c on ABC Family!

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An Inside Look at GK Elite Sportswear, the World’s Leading Brand of Gymnastics Apparel

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

Most visitors to GK cite the facility tour as the absolute highlight of their visit.  What goes on behind each and every GK gymnastics leotard is astounding.  The following video showcases GK's best and most valuable resources including its employees and the energy and creativity that is a part of every day here at GK Elite Sportswear.

Enjoy this sneak peak at a day at GK! 

Shop the GK Spring 2012 Gymnastics Essentials Catalog here!

Shop the GK 2012 Cheer Catalog here!

Shop GK's newly launched Dance Team 2012 Catalog here!

Be on the lookout for the 2012-2013 Competitive Gymnastics Catalog arriving in April!

Don't forget to vote for GK as Best Leotard Brand on About.com. 
Voting is open until March 21, 2012.  Click here to vote for GK now!

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McKayla Maroney Graces Inside Gymnastics Cover as Breakout Star in GK

McKayla Maroney, 16 year old, Elite Artistic Gymnast from Los Angeles, California has been doing gymnastics from a very early age, but recently her climb up the competitive gymnastics ladder has become fast and furious.  Although relatively unknown just a few years ago, McKayla is now a serious contender for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.  McKayla trains under Coaches Artur Akopyan and Galina Marinova at All Olympia Gymnastics Center in Los Angeles, California.

McKayla made everyone sit up and take notice with her display of talent and ability at the 2011 Visa Championships in Saint Paul, Minnesota winning Gold on Vault and Silver All Around.  Next up were the 2011 Worlds in Tokyo where her vault scores contributed to  Team USA's Gold medal win.  McKayla is best known for her stunning Amanar vault execution, a Yurchenko-entry vault followed by two and a half twists in the air during a laid-out back salto.  

Inside Gymnastics magazine has also noted McKayla's recent rise and features her on its current cover, exhibiting poise and power in her long sleeve GK competition leotard at the 2011 Visa Championships.  GK's Petal Design Competition Leo Style 9550, is a scoop neckline gymnastics competition leotard that dazzles with its floral design throughout the bodice and ribbon effect on the back.

Find McKayla's leo and the rest of GK's competitive gymnastics leotards here!



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2012 Spring Essentials - Show TEAM USA spirit in Red, White & Blue Gymnastics Leotards

Every day is one day closer to the London Olympics where the best US Gymnasts will compete.  Show your TEAM USA spirit stateside with one of our Red, White & Blue gymnastic workout leotards from the 2012 Spring Essentials catalog.  Available through April 30, 2012!
Patriotic Gymnastics Leotard E1878 is a classic neck gymnastics tank leotard in Rich Royal and Red Mystique featuring a shoulder burst design and clear SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. Red Glitz Zig Zag Trim Tank Gymnastics Leotard 3673 is a classic tank leotard in Red Glitz Hologram and Navy Mystique with clear jewel accent.
GK Draw String Gymnastics Bag N435 is a Red Nylon/Spandex draw string tote bag featuring sequinz™ star motif and GK logo.  Classic V Neck Tank Gymnastics Leotard E1879 in Sapphire Nylon/Spandex and White Sparkle trim featuring sequinz™ star motif and VALUE PRICED!    

Exclusive GK Prints are featured on these classic neckline, square back, VALUE PRICED gymnastics workout leotards.  Blue Sparkler Tank Gymnastics Leotard E1877 in Foiled Royal Blue Sparkler print, Black Sparkler Tank Gymnastics Leotard E1875 in Foiled Black Sparkler print, and Red Sparkler Tank Gymnastics Leotard E1876 in Foiled Red Sparkler print.

Shop these leos and the rest of the Spring 2012 Essentials Catalog here!

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The GK Spring 2012 Workout Essentials Catalog is Here! Which Gymnastics Leotard is Your New Favorite?

The New GK Spring 2012 Gymnastic Workout Essentials Catalog is here! It is the beginning of an exciting year in the sport of gymnastics with all eyes focused on the Summer Games in London, England.  Everyone is looking forward to the return of past gymnastic champions and the establishment of new champions.

This year, GK is changing the focus of our seasonal gymnastics catalogs.  We want Workout Essentials to continue to be your first choice when you need every day practice gymnastics leotards and gymnastic workout apparel.  In the pages of this new catalog you will see new leotards, new fabrics and new prices!

Some highlights from the Spring 2012 catalog include:
We are proud that every gymnastics leotard in our catalog is made in Reading, Pennsylvania, USA. GK, the industry leader in gymnastics apparel, offers you more variety, more styles and more choices.

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GK Outfits Team USA Gymnasts for 12th Maccabi Pan Am Games

Maccabi USA celebrates Jewish Unity, Culture, and Heritage through world athletic competition.  GK supplied the gymnasts of the U.S. National Team with competition leotards, workout leotards and warm-ups for the 12th Maccabi Pan Am Games held in Sao Paulo, Brazil December 26, 2011 through January 2, 2012. 

Abbe Shapiro, parent of current US Gymnastics Team Member Nicole Shapiro and former 5-year member, Samantha Shapiro, said, "We were thrilled to receive the box of GK leotards!  The leos and warm-ups are gorgeous! I am well aware of the stunning leotards GK has created for the U.S. National Team over the years and the leotards and warm-ups for the Maccabi Pan Am Games certainly were on par.  We are very grateful for the generosity shown by GK in helping to make the Maccabi Pan Am Games a very exciting and special experience for the gymnasts!"

The athletes sported their Team USA pride in GK's Sporty Asymmetrical Comp Leo 4854 in Navy Mystique, White Sparkle and Red Mystique with Clear Crystals and GK's Sporty Cross Body Gym Leo 4858 in Navy Mystique, White Sparkle and Red Mystique with Brilliance Crystals.  For training, the gymnasts wore GK's Blue & White Striped Tank Leo 3665, Blue Zig Zag Trim Workout Leo 3594 and Blue & Red Asymmetrical Tank 3672.  In between events, Team USA sported GK's Mystique & Velvet Warm Ups 1788 with USA embroidered in white on the left chest. 

Congratulations to Team USA on their Gold Medal Win at the games!  The team took home a total of 7 Gold medals and 6 Silver medals including Team Gold and Individual All Around Gold for Nicole Shapiro and All Around Silver for Lauren De Meno.

Give your gymnasts a winning look - shop our In Stock Catalog today!

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GK Catalog Model Ebee Feels Like a Superstar in GK Leotards at Karolyi Ranch

Elizabeth Price, a.k.a, "Ebee," is a member of the USA Gymnastics Junior National Team and can also be found modeling in the pages of GK Gymnastics Apparel catalogs.  Ebee currently resides in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania and trains at Parkettes National Gymnastics Center with coaches Bill & Donna Strauss.

Ebee recently took home 4th place on the uneven bars and tied for 5th on vault at the 2011 Visa Championships in Saint Paul, Minnesota.  At the 2011 CoverGirl Classic in Chicago, Illinois, she tied for 3rd on uneven bars.  Ebee first got involved in gymnastics because her Mom "wanted to tire me out!"  Her current goal is to make the the National Team.

GK caught up with Ebee while she was attending camp at Karolyi Ranch.  She shared her thoughts on some GK Leos while she worked out.

Here, Ebee is wearing GK Style E177, a sporty v-back leotard in Green Party Animal Hologram and Black Nylon/Spandex from our 2011 Holiday collection.  Ebee said she liked "the way I stand out in it."
Also from our 2011 Holiday collection, Ebee "LOVED the youthful color combo" of Frozen Hearts Nylon/Spendex with foil and Electric Turquoise in GK Style E1773.
Ebee's absolute favorite was GK Style E1806 from our 2011/2012 Fall-Winter Collection, saying, "It was spectacular!"The v-neck classic tank leotard with cleared jewel accents, Grape Mystique, Purple Nightlights Nylon/Spandex Foil and Black Mystique made Ebee feel like a "superstar" as she was learned her new floor routine.

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Meet Kelli Doorley, GK Gymnastics Sales Representative for Rhode Island and Massachusetts

Kelli Doorley is GK's Gymnastics Sales Representative for Rhode Island and Massachusetts.  Kelli's experience in the gymnastics industry reaches far beyond just gymnastics leotards and apparel.  She is able to assist her customers with expertise gained from her own gymnastics career and her current participation in the sport on multiple levels.
Kelli currently serves as a Chairperson for the Rhode Island USA Gymnastics State Administrative Committee as well as acting Head Coach of the University of Rhode Island Gymnastics Team.  Kelli is also the Head Coach of the North Kingstown High School Gymnastics Team and the Rhode Island High School National Team.

In addition to her coaching positions, Kelli is a USA Gymnastics Level 8 rated official and a National Federation High School official.

She is a former gymnast having represented the University of Rhode Island from 1994-1996 and Rhode Island College from 1996-1998. 

If you live in Rhode Island or Massachusetts and are looking for gymnastics leotards, warm ups and/or apparel, contact Kelli at kellidoorleygk@gmail.com.

Contact information for GK Gymnastics Sales Representatives in other parts of the country can be found here.
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Meet Martha Morales Bannon, GK Gymnastics Sales Rep for Colorado and New Mexico

Martha Morales Bannon is the GK Elite Gymnastics Sales Representative for Colorado and New Mexico.  She joined GK Elite in 2005, but her experience in the gymnastics arena extends before and after joining us.


Martha is a 1985 graduate of the Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos where she was an NCAA All American Gymnast.  In 1986, she opened Bannon's Gymnastix, Inc., in Houston, where she managed and coached for 16 years.  Martha served as a Board Member for the Gymnastics Association of Texas and was Board President from 1998-2002.  In 2000, Martha moved to Angel Fire, New Mexico and began Moreno Valley Gymnastics as a community program.  From 2006-2008 she served on the USA Gymnastics New Mexico State Board as the Director of Education. 

Martha currently resides in Colorado Springs where she provides gymnastics business managing and retail consulting.  Martha is a proud mother of three children, Emmalee, Madeline and Easton.

Looking for gymnastics leotards in the Colorado and New Mexico areas?  Contact Martha at mbannon33@gmail.com.  Contact information for GK Gymnastics Territory Account Managers in other parts of the country can be found here.
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