Team USA Gymnasts’ Crystal-Encrusted Leotards Cost a Fortune -- But They’re Worth It

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Gabby Douglas, Team USA GymnasticsGabby Douglas lookin' good.The gymnasts on Team USA, they be lookin' gooooood this year. No, I'm not just talking about during the floor exercises or swirling around the uneven bars. I'm talking those uniforms. So fitting, so bedazzled, so wham-bam we're here and we're gonna nail this -- don't you agree?

Well apparently, these uniforms cost quite the pretty penny. Adorned with thousands of Swarovski crystals and made from a fabric called Mystique, each of the leotards costs between $400 and $500. Wowza! And get this: each member of Team USA gets eight of 'em. So do that math, carry the one, yup -- for five gymnasts, that's more than $2,500 in uniforms ... EACH.

Shoot girl. Treat yo' self, eh? Who says the ladies on Team USA are the only women who deserve classy workout swag, AMIRIGHT? Just because you're not performing on national TV doesn't mean you too shouldn't take the opportunity to spruce up your workout wardrobe. Can I get an amen!?

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OK, so I'm probably just as guilty at wearing junkie, inexpensive workout gear as the next lady. But gee, every damn day I walk by this Athletica store by my apartment, and every damn day I think about going inside and splurging for a cutesie little workout top with a fancy built-in bra. So what if it won't really support my girls?

Plain and simple: Gymnasts and regular Joe Shmoes like you and me both need good swag to sweat in. Why is that, you wonder? Well, nicer workout clothes encourage you to perform better. If you're feeling good about the way you look in a cute pair of yoga pants, then I guarantee you'll be a better yogi. It's just that simple. So take some inspiration from Team USA and splurge on that new sports bra. Report back to me and let me know how it goes.

Do you splurge on workout gear? Do you think it's important to look good while you sweat?


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nonmember avatar Bee

Umm... I think your math is off. $400-$500 per leotard, times 8 leotards = $3200-$4000 per gymnast, times 5 gymnasts = $16000-$20000.

nonmember avatar EmmaFromÉire

Most competition leos are that expensive, because of the cost of the fabric and the cost of having each one custom made. Granted these are a bit more expensive because of the crystals, but that price range actually isn't uncommon!

Pinkmani Pinkmani

I spend a lot of money on workout gear because it lasts longer. (Luluemon)

Kediset Kediset

I love outfits like these :D they're so pretty ;o of course not something you can just go around wearing o;

love a lot of other outfits in the Olympics too ;o :3 want!


Hmmm - and here I thought they were cubic zirconia (not being sarcastic or funny, that's really what I thought!)

nonmember avatar zizzler

I am 100% not into sports (or the olympics) but even I think it's reasonable. I mean, the olympics are super well funded and these people are totally representing their country, so of course they have to look A+ good! Who'd show up to the olympics in budget clothing (re: look at Spain's fiasco)? Besides, they trained for yearssss so it's also respectful to the athlete's dedication and all that. They should get to wear snazzy clothes for such a big competition.

mamivon2 mamivon2

I just started to work out (running) about 2 weeks ago. I have rather cheap shoes from Kmart for 18 bucks.. I might get better stuff when Im really into it

Chris... Christi183

I think it'd be a much better purchase if they actually fit them to the girls. seriously, the last thing we need to see, especially with all the other wardrobe slips from the Olympics, is the vag or full booty of an underage athlete. I know they stick them down somehow, but a little more coverage would definitely be a good thing. Same for the other suits, particularly the super stretchy yet barely covering swimsuits. (saw the vid of nip-slip, that speaks for itself.)

stara... starandseen

Wow, each gymnast gets eight leotards for the Olympics?  I guess if one gets torn, they have backups, because there aren't enough days of competition to wear all eight of them!

They're expensive but you know what they say: "If you look good, you feel good."  Besides it's the Olympics, the most prestigious competition, so it makes sense that they should wear their best leotards too. 

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