Going for the Gold: Uniforms Made in PA

READING, BERKS COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) They've outfitted gold medalists such as Gabby Douglas and Alexandra Raisman, and this year GK Elite is hoping an athlete will take the top spot - again - wearing their apparel."

 
    Gymnasts bend, twist and contort themselves in ways the average person cannot.
    So the uniforms for the US  Olympic gymnastics team need to be more than your average apparel.

 

"People call it the 'GK Fit' and we engineer our patterns in a way that nobody else in the industry does it." said Kelly McKeown, the Executive VP of Design and Corporate Relations for GK Elite

 

    Enter GK Elite, the company out of Reading, Pennsylvania  is not only designing uniforms for the ladies of the US, but for gymnasts in Australia and the Netherlands as well.

 
"We do a custom fitting process with each and every athlete making sure that the fitting on their body is perfection." said McKeown.

    The company -- of more than 400 employees -- bends over backwards to make sure the designs for some of the most muscular people in the world are precise.

     Right down to the exact sequins, stud and stitch.

 

Hong Mgo is the Supervisor for GK Elite, "Because they wear very tight because gymnastics, if the stitch is no good when they put on or it crack or pop out, it's not good."

     Before the world sees their design on the mats in Rio, these custom costume creators say their hard work makes them feel like gold medalist.

 
"Everybody is exciting about watching the Olympics and seeing their pride on their faces of what they made and manufactured and designed and did patterns for and cut and sewed and out crystals on, it's theirs they touched it and it is out there on the field of play at the biggest platform of the world at the Olympics." said McKeown



GK Elite, which has been in business for more that 35 years, is actually outfitting four countries for the 2016 Rio games.


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