When Simone Biles and Aly Raisman compete in today's Olympic gymnastics all-around final, they'll be sporting a bit of Pennsylvania flair.
Lead designer Jeanne Douglass told NBC 10 that the U.S. flag was her inspiration for this year's attire.
"I wanted to use it as literally as possible, but also highlighting their bodies,” she told the television station.
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— USA Gymnastics (@USAGym) August 9, 2016
Some of the team leotards (each Olympic gymnast gets eight for competition and 12 for training) will have nearly 5,000 Swarovski crystals, the New York Times reported earlier this month.
"It’s difficult for me to imagine how we could get more crystals on,” Kelly McKeown, GK's executive vice president for design and corporate relations, told the newspaper
While GK's Douglass reveled in seeing her gear in the limelight (She wrote on Facebook on Tuesday: "My dream of watching my leotard design on Team USA during the Olympic Team Final competition has come true!"), the Pennsylvania company's leotards were winning high praise in Rio.
A week before the Games started, NBC declared that the U.S. team was "already winning the fashion Olympics." And the gymnasts and USA Gymnastics officials seemed more than happy with their outfits.
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— Rhonda Faehn (@RhondaUSAGym) August 1, 2016
The Reading business, a leading gymnastics apparel company that also makes cheerleading attire, has manufactured outfits for multiple past U.S. Olympic teams.
The red-sequined leotards worn by the U.S. team that won the team gold medal four years ago at the London Olympics were displayed in a temporary exhibit at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg.