8 Interesting Facts About The Gymnastics Leotard
We wear them almost everyday, but do you know these interesting facts about gymnastics leotards?
1. The gymnastics leotard is named after French acrobat, Jules Léotard. As well as the leotard being named after him, he also developed the Trapeze and so inspired the song 'The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze' by George Leybourne.
2. At the 1948 Olympics, gymnast Cissie Davies' outfit was not a leotard, but instead a garment that looked very similar to a netball dress!
3. It was only in the 1980s that the Lycra material that we know and love was starting to be used!
4. The 1990s trend of crushed velvet was seen on many leotards in the 2000s, for example, worn by Team China at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. We don't see crushed velvet on many leotards today - who thinks it should make a comeback?!
5. The 2000 Sydney Olympic Games also saw the introduction of more sparkles to leotards, as well as the popular mystique fabric which grew rapidly in popularity leading up to the Athens Games in 2004.
6. Printed gymnastics leotards seemed to be the in-thing at the 2008 Being Olympic Games as well as an increase in the number of crystals used! Nastia Luikin's leotard had 184 diamantés on it - this may seem tiny compared to the sometimes 1000s of diamantés we see on leotards today!
7. But, as the years went on, so did the diamantés and Gabby Douglas dazzled the crowd with almost 1200 crystals on her leotard at the 2012 Olympic Games!
8. Now, at present day, many competition leotards have 5000 or more diamantés on them - usually Swarovski crystals to create an incredible glittering effect under arena lights. One of Team USAs National Leotards is worth $1200!
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