Team USA gymnasts will wear leotards by Berks company – one features 7,600 Swarovski crystals – lehighvalleylive.com

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The U.S. women’s and men’s gymnastics teams will wear apparel designed by GK Elite of Reading, Pa., at the Tokyo Olympics. The team is shown in training leotards. Competition leotards will be unveiled on-mat in Tokyo. (Photo by John Cheng)

A Pennsylvania company has made sportswear for U.S. Olympic athletes before.

But this is the first time that GK Elite of Reading will be outfitting American Olympic gymnasts.

“Although GK has been the manufacturer of previous Olympic Games garments, this will mark the first time that GK Elite’s branding will appear on leotards and apparel worn by the women’s and men’s gymnastics teams at the Olympic Games, an honor previously held by Under Armour and Adidas,” the company said in a news release.

The company said the competition designs worn by the men and women will not be unveiled until they are actually competing in the Olympics. The Olympics start on July 23.

But, the company did say, “The leotards and men’s apparel all incorporate strong design cues that insight a sense of patriotism, strength, and confidence.

Additionally, the women’s leotards are each adorned with thousands of radiant Swarovski crystals, providing epic sparkle to every athlete’s look that will be sure to capture the attention of all, and giving each leotard a shine that will stand out on the competition mat.

Examples of the patriotic themes of the leotards include the Women’s Team Final leotard featuring 7,600 Swarovski crystals and another competition leotard with 76 hand-applique stars — nods to the United States’ independence in 1776.”

GK Elite said all of the uniforms were made in the United States and were designed, cut and assembled at its headquarters in Reading.

A limited number of replica leotards and men’s shirts will be available for sale after the Olympic Games.

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