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Reading company offers replicas of $1,200 USA gymnastics leotards

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 12, 2016 2:14 PM
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United States' Simone Biles performs on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's team final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

(Reading) -- Swarovski crystals may not be included, but Olympic hopefuls can dress like the gold-medal-winning American women's gymnasts in replicas of their much-talked-about leotards. 

The New York Times reports each twinkling, bedazzled leotard features nearly 5,000 Swarovski crystals and would cost $1,200 in the open retail market.

Reading's GK Elite Sportswear made the sparkly leotards and is now offering replicas for about $60 to $80 on its website. Each one is emblazoned with ``USA'' and includes a matching scrunchie.

In addition to dressing the Americans, GK Elite also makes patriotic uniforms for gymnasts from Russia, the Netherlands and New Zealand.

An earlier version of the story is below:

The twinkling, bedazzled leotards worn by the U.S. women's Olympic gymnastics team in Rio have received some outsized attention on the world stage, and it's thanks to a Berks County business.

GK Elite Sportswear in Reading made the sparkly leotards, and lead designer Jeanne Douglass says  seeing her creation on the Olympic stage is a "dream come true."

The New York Times says  each leotard features nearly 5,000 Swarovski crystals and would cost $1,200 in the open retail market.

Kira Feick, who attaches the signature crystals to each garment, tells WCAU-TV "it's amazing knowing you helped make that beautiful garment that the gymnasts were wearing when they won gold."

In addition to dressing the Americans, GK Elite also makes patriotic uniforms for gymnasts from Russia, the Netherlands and New Zealand.

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