2017 World All-Around Champion in Gymnastics visits Pennsylvania

She toured the GK Elite Sportswear headquarters in Berks County.

READING, BERKS COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)- The 2017 World All-Around Champion in Gymnastics made a special stop in Pennsylvania Friday.

Everyday she trains in the gym she wears a leotard and it made her wonder how they were made. Eyewitness News took a look at how much work goes into making the perfect uniform for the perfect routine.

Morgan Hurd, 16, is the new All-Around Champion and balance beam silver medalist.

"It's just been a whirlwind," says Hurd. "it's incredibly surreal."

The up-and-coming star of the U.S. Women's Gymnastics Team got to go on a different kind of shopping trip as she toured GK Elite Sportswear headquarters in Reading, Berks County.

"It's a fashion statement," says her mother, Sherri Hurd. "I mean, she wears leos every day of the week."

GK Elite is the world's leading supplier of gymnastics apparel. The leotards are handmade in the factory. There's a lot of steps to make the perfect leotard.

And there's more to the leotards than what meets the eye, it's a way for gymnasts to show off their personality and to add a little extra sparkle to their routine.

"When you think about it, there young girls don't get to go to prom, no normal school evemts, they are in a leotard more than they wear jeans," says Kelly McKeown of GK Elite Sportswear.

The new world champion has a knack for sewing herself.

"I think she'll have a really good time seeing how it works and maybe she'll get to sew a little bit," says Sherri.

Morgan says the right leotard can boost your confidence as you step out on the mat. So what's next for the athlete?

"Small goals first, get stronger, and pick up some new skills," says Morgan's gymnastics coach Slava Glazunov. "Then international meets, and maybe make the world team."

And what about the Olympics?

"That is the ultimate goal," says Morgan. "But I'm thinking I'll just take it one day at a time."

Morgan says she's now preparing for National Team Camp in November. And don't forget, you can get all your Winter Olympic coverage on WBRE.


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