Team USA seriously stunned in their ultra-patriotic, ultra-sparkly leotards at Sunday's all-around qualification round — so, is it a look super fans can copy? Can you buy the USA women's gymnastics uniforms?
The red and blue stars-and-striped number the team wore together was quite fab, and it's one of many awesome looks to come: According to the New York Times, each Olympic gymnast receives eight competition leotards, as well as twelve training leotards. The competition leotards cost around $1200 each — which is in part due to the judicious amount of Swarovski crystals included in this year's designs, something that's increased almost exponentially each year. As the Times points out, Nastia Liukin's 2008 all-around winning leotard had 184 crystals, Gabby Douglas' 2012 all-around winning leotard had 1,188 — and this year's crop of new uniforms has almost 5,000 apiece. Kelly McKeown, executive vice president of GK Elite (the outfitter of the Olympic gymnastics team) even joked, "It’s difficult for me to imagine how we could get more crystals on ... we may have hit peak crystal,” while Swarovski senior vice president Alexander Wellhoefer concluded that they were in something of "a crystals arms race."
Suffice it to say, the team's Swarovski-encrusted leotards have become quite the covetable item — so, can you get one for yourself? Well, with 5,000 crystals, and made specially from mystique (an especially sparkly fabric favored for competition gymnastics), the $1200 leotards are not exactly easy to come by.
Luckily, GK Elite has got us all covered with some official Team USA replica leotards. They're definitely much more pared down than the glitzy originals they're modeled after, but they're still pretty fab.
UA Triumph Replica Leotard, $79.99, gkelite.com
Back in 2012, GK Elite released a similar collection of the sparkly Team USA replica uniforms, and they also have back-to-school collections inspired by Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Simone Biles, and Nastia Liukin.
What do you think? Will you be searching for patriotic leotards to show your Team USA spirit?
Image: Courtesy of GK Elite