Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Team USA Manufacturing wins one, outfitting U.S. gymnasts

After all the hullabaloo about the uniforms Team U.S.A. athletes wore in the opening cermony of the Olympics being produced in China, we now learn that the U.S. women's gymnastics uniforms were made in the U.S. - in fact, right here in Pennsylvania.

Team USA Manufacturing wins one, outfitting U.S. gymnasts


After all the hullabaloo about the uniforms Team U.S.A. athletes wore in the opening cermony of the Olympics being produced in China, we now learn that at least one group of athletes is sporting the "Made in the U.S.A" label in London this summer.

The U.S. women's gymnastics team uniforms were made in the U.S. - in fact, right here in Pennsylvania.

Score one for Team U.S.A. in the domestic manufacturing event.

The leotards worn by American gymnasts at the London Olympics were made by Reading-based GK Elite Sportswear.

Curious sports fans can see them up close at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg throug, Sept. 9.

Members of the Team USA’s Women’s Gymnastics squad posed in GK Elite’s Olympic outfits for the cover of the 2012 Olympic Games preview issue of “Sports Illustrated.” The red-sequined leotard featured on the cover is included in the museum’s display.

 “GK Elite Sportswear continues a rich tradition of textile manufacturing in Pennsylvania,” said David W. Dunn, director of The State Museum. “The company is based in Reading, Berks County, a historic center of apparel manufacturing.

All aspects of the Olympic apparel, from product development to manufacturing and down to the smallest of embellishments, take place at GK Elite's 30-year-old headquarters in Berks County.

 The specialty sportswear company has been manufacturing gymnastic apparel for the U.S. Gymnastics Team since its debut at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. The company also furnishes gymnastics outfits for Olympic teams from other countries. For the Olympics this summer in London, GK Elite Sportswear will also be outfitting competitors from Great Britain, Australia, Netherlands, France, Greece, Israel, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Finland.

Museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for children and senior citizens.




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