The U.S. Gymnastics Team Is Going to Be Totally Blinged Out at the Olympics
Besides raising the bar on all of our gym #goals, the Olympics also tend to give us major gym closet envy. With designers like Stella McCartney teaming up with our favorite athletic brands like Nike, Adidas, and Under Armor, the Olympic Games in Rio are looking more fashionable than ever. Exhibit A: The Fierce Five women of the U.S. Gymnastics Team will be sporting some major red carpet worthy bling, according to some intel from the New York Times.
When we finally see Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, and Ally Raisman take the floor in this year's official competition on August 7, they'll be wearing leotards with a blinding 5,000 Swarovski crystals sewn in, designed in conjunction with Under Armour and official competition outfitter GK Elite. That's up from a dull 184 crystals in 2008 and 1,188 in 2012. Yep. We have officially reached peak bling.
For the athletes, stepping out on the world stage in Rio is a Cinderella moment-the arena their ball, the leotard their ball gown. And according to the New York Times, the push to bling out that ball gown has been well documented since Márta Károlyi took the reigns as coordinator of the U.S. women's team in 2001. In total, the Fierce Five will be sporting eight different bedazzled looks as they compete this year.
Before you start thinking about excuses to bring your own bedazzled looks to barre class, the leotards, which have yet to be unveiled, would reportedly retail for $1,200. We'll save the bling for those going for the gold.