Untold History: The Leotard
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The Lovely Leotard Through The Years

The Lovely Leotard Through The Years | Untold History: The Leotard | Scoop.it
When I was younger, I was obsessed with gymnastics. I'd pore over books in the library about my heroes Nadia Comaneci and Mary Lou Retton.
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Gymnastic leotards - about, styles, colors, materials, pricing and more | Gymnastic.com

Gymnastic leotards - about, styles, colors, materials, pricing and more | Gymnastic.com | Untold History: The Leotard | Scoop.it
Gymnastic Leotards provides info on the outfits gymnasts wear throughout the gymnastic career. Specialty leotards are provided for competitions and events.
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This article gives a lot of good basic information about leotards, including the many styles and brand, as well as the costs. Leotards come in several different styles in order to fit an individual gymnast's needs. The saying "if you look good, you feel good" is often true in gymnastics, as the sport involves much artisitic expression. It is important for a gymnast to feel good in what they are wearing in order to give the best performance that they can. 

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Guest post: A word on leotards...

Guest post: A word on leotards... | Untold History: The Leotard | Scoop.it
Guest contributor Victoria Blackcomb takes us through a few of the styles she loves and hates right now.
By Victoria Blackcomb
Aside from the actual gymnastics,
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Like in fashion, where styles go in and out, there are popular and unpopular leotard trends during any given time. This article is an example of the many opinions people have about the different styles of leotards gymnasts wear. Sometimes specific trends can be see across countries or even just consistent with an individual gymnast. The photo album that goes along with the article shows how different leotards can look from one another. 

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What Is the Deal With Team USA’s Glittery, Plastic-Looking Leotards? Are They Really Made of Plastic?

What Is the Deal With Team USA’s Glittery, Plastic-Looking Leotards? Are They Really Made of Plastic? | Untold History: The Leotard | Scoop.it
After the U.S. women’s gymnastics team made its competitive debut at the London Olympics on Sunday, viewers were left with two nagging questions: How did Jordyn Wieber get left out of the all-around finals, and—most troubling of all—why are the...
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The Olympic leotards worn by the US women's gymnastics team got a lot of attention, mostly for the material they were made of. This article talks about some of the textiles used to create the iconic leotards team USA won the 2012 Olympic team gold in. Additionally, this article details how leotards have evolved from velour/ crushed velvet to the more advanced shiny materials of today. The materials have a large impact on the sport in terms of look, but also in performance, as the newer materials keep gymnasts cooler while competing.   

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First look: British Olympic uniforms

First look: British Olympic uniforms | Untold History: The Leotard | Scoop.it
Adidas released its Stella McCartney-designed British team Olympic gear for the Olympics today, and though a gymnastics leotard was not among the looks presente
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This article, though short, is a good demonstration of the amount of thought and consideration that goes into the design of competitive gymnastics wear. Stella McCartney, a well-known fashion designer, played a major role in the design of the olympic uniforms to be worn in the 2012 Olympics by the British men's and women's gymnastics team. The article shows the importance the element of fashion plays in making athletes feel good in competitions. Like any performer, it's all about making a statement and being memorable... especially when you're competing at an Olympic Games.  

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GYMNASTICS: History of the Leotard

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This blogpost outlines the very beginnings of the leotard, which include where, when and why it was first created. It gives valuable insight into the history of the garmet, which has held a major importance in acrobatic sports and dance as a mode of expression and a functional piece of performance wear.  

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GK Designs $5,000 Couture Leotard for USA Gymnastics 50th Anniversary

GK Designs $5,000 Couture Leotard for USA Gymnastics 50th Anniversary | Untold History: The Leotard | Scoop.it
Reading, Pennsylvania (PRWEB) August 07, 2013 -- GK Elite Sportswear, L.P., along with the support of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, is pleased to announce the donation of the second gymnastics leotard from their couture collection.
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This press release details GK Elite Sportswear's announcement of a couture leotard, with a retail value of $5000, that will be raffled off for charity. The money raised will benefit Right To Play. This article shows how leotards have evolved past the practicle uses that they were originally invented for. GK Elite's Couture Collection, which is supported by Swarvoski Elements, shows how much the element of fashion and status has come into play in the world of high level gymnastics.  

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Friday Fashion Front | News | Inside Gymnastics Magazine

Friday Fashion Front | News | Inside Gymnastics Magazine | Untold History: The Leotard | Scoop.it
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Leotard trends seen this year (2013).

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About Gymnastics Leotards

About Gymnastics Leotards | Untold History: The Leotard | Scoop.it
A gymnastics leotard may appear to be a very basic garment. However, in the same way that a swimsuit is designed to help an athlete pass through the water, a leotard is designed to enhance a gymnast's movements.
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Some basic information about the leotard, but important, nonetheless. This article talks about the practical purposes of the leotard in the sport of gymnastics, s a means to allow gymnasts to perform to the best of their ability. The skills in which gymnasts are competing today are lightyears ahead in difficulty than what gymnasts were doing 20 years ago. This means that aerodynamics play an important part in allowing gymnasts to execute these extremely hard skills. Without leotards gymnasts would not be able to move through their routines and skills with as much ease. For this reason, the practical purposes of the leotard are very important to the sport's evolution. 

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2012 Olympics: U.S. women's gymnastic team's winning leotard style (Photos)

2012 Olympics: U.S. women's gymnastic team's winning leotard style (Photos) | Untold History: The Leotard | Scoop.it
2012 Olympic fans witnessed the amazing performance by the US Women's Gymnastics team while they defeated Russia and won gold. Their smiles beamed proudly as t
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This article talks a lot about how much thought goes in to chosing leotards for major competitions. This has recently become much more important, as gymnastics leotard styles have become more complex. For gymnastics teams like the US women, who are quite dominate and who gain a lot of attention around the time of the Olympics, it is increasingly important to make a statement and there is often a lot of secrecy surrounding color, and design prior to big events such as the Olympic Games and World Championships. 

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Leotard History | Olympic Leotards

Leotard History | Olympic Leotards | Untold History: The Leotard | Scoop.it
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This is a website dedicated to the history of the leotard in the sport of gymnastics at the Olympics. In this article, we can see how far the leotard has come since 1896, the first Summer Olympic Games. When tracking the evolution of the leotard over the years, we are also able to see how much the actual sport has evolved, which includes harder skills, better equipment, and a change in politics and the scoring system. Though not directly correlated, it is a great illustration of how the sport as a whole is constantly growing and changing.  

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Triple Twist Gymnastics: The Best and Worst Leotards of 2012

Triple Twist Gymnastics: The Best and Worst Leotards of 2012 | Untold History: The Leotard | Scoop.it
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This blog post was created by a fairly well-known blog in the gymnastics world. This post is dedicated to the judgement of the best and worst leotards of the year 2012. Though subjective, this blog actually shows how important leotard design matters in the gymnastics world. Countries and inidividual gymnasts work with leotard manufacturers to create the leotards that they will compete in. And much of the time, gymnasts are judged quite critically on there appearance, an aspect of the sport shown through this blog post. 

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Precious Metals - Why Mystique Fabric is So Beautiful - What's New in Gymnastics Leotards | GK Elite

Precious Metals - Why Mystique Fabric is So Beautiful - What's New in Gymnastics Leotards | GK Elite | Untold History: The Leotard | Scoop.it
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This is an article from the company blog of the top manufacturer in leotards. This short article explains the a primary textile used in the creation of modern leotards - a very important aspect of the leotard that plays a major role in athlete performance. In fact, textiles are perhaps one of the best examples of how leotards have evolved over the years. 

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