Posts Tagged ‘leotards’

No more sporty leos?

October 15, 2008

The C score wrote a post about changes for the 2009 code.  When I looked at the provisional code, I was paying more attention to changes for the routines.  I didn’t notice this.  

Change Most Likely to Affect Spain
In the section where attire is described, leotards now “must be of elegant design” (vs “may be of elegant design” from the previous Code). 

The C score seems to think that this will keep teams from showing up in leotards that have gaudy colors.  Maybe.  I think it effects sporty leotards more though.  

I recall an article from 2006 where Martha Karolyi explains the hot pink leotards the US girls wore in prelims.  

Karolyi bypassed the traditional red-white-and-blue look this year for a bold blast of pink. She said it was a response to a request from the International Gymnastics Federation to have the women’s sport look more, well, feminine.

“I think we pleased FIG,” Karolyi said.

I thought then and I still think now that that was the stupidest thing I’d ever heard.  The FIG requesting “feminine” leotards?  If a woman is in a leotard or swimsuit and doesn’t look feminine, a different leotard or swimsuit is not going to change anything.  There’s a thread on IG forum which asks how are they going to enforce this?   

I hope that this is just some weird little mistranslation or if it’s not I hope the last time we see it is in this provisional code.

Yin Yang vs black and white

June 15, 2008

Does Shawn’s Day 2 leo look like she was going for a Yin Yang thing to you?  To me, it just looks like a black and white leo.  If she was going for Yin Yang, she could’ve done a better job, if you ask me.  

Does Hanes make leotards?

June 8, 2008

Hanes has a youtube channel dedicated to their “wedgie-free” panties.  There are four funny commercials featureing Sarah Chalke.  

Speaking of commercials.  Nastia had a couple of cool commercials during the broadcast for Day 2 of nationals.  They showed one of her training which ended with her pulling a tire down a vault runway.  There was a really nice one which had still 3D models of her and a music box type theme playing in the background.  They also showed this commercial featuring Kerri Strug’s vault from 1996. 

Shawn’s coke commercials were generic and boring in comparison.  Maybe they will show something better later on.  

John Macready also had a “Gold Medal Mom” commercial.  It was sweet.  Tyson is actually doing some sort of contest so maybe you can win a trip to Beijing – and some cash.  


Youtuber Beechurst10 has uploaded Nastia’s “music box” commercial.  And here is the training commercial thanks to GymMaverick. 

Shawn goes all the way

June 6, 2008

At 2007 US Nationals Shawn sported a blue leo with a swath of orange on it that was just as memorable as it was puzzling.  Blue and Orange?  This year, she was not satisfied with a teensy bit of orange on one arm and across the chest.  Bah to half-measures!  This year she has reversed the mix.  What was blue is now two shades of orange and what was orange is now nude with black crystals.  Hmm.  

Well, way to go Shawn.  I am a fashion fan of any gymnast who dresses outside the box.  What would a leo thread be like if everyone stuck to the same safe colors and the same safe designs.  It would be full of noobs talking about how they love this and that beautiful leo that they don’t realize is just another tired, old retread.  The world needs crazy, catwalk couture to push the limits, provoke thought, entertain, perhaps even point and laugh at.  

Orange leos have popped up at nationals at least twice since 1999.  Sadly, I would have to say Shawn is a distant 3rd in the Orange leo rockin’ catagory.    


I mentioned Leo Threads.  This is one from IG Forum.  I’m sure all the other boards have their own.  On page three, Shadowfan has written a hilarious post about Shawn’s leo choice.  

On the contrary, I didn’t have a problem at all with Shawn’s leo last year. You do raise an interesting point though. Now that I’ve seen this photo of last year’s effort, I must concur, Shawn’s attire has taken a rather sharp turn for the flamboyant, since winning her national title. I mean, when you think about it, it’s almost like a cliche of sorts. The minute you win a little national, little world title or whatever, you gotta go out and cop some flashy leos. Next thing you know she’ll be hitting up GK for some gold lamet grips, maybe some diamond dust coated, platinum colored schrunchies from Tiffany’s, Gucci gym bag . . .You remember how a while back when she wore the leo, with the Chinese characters on the sleve, as an homage to her coaches, right? Yeah, well that was then. It’s all about SJ on the sleeve now. Forget the warm up suit with the name of her club on the back. For finals tomorrow, I heard that Shawn was planning on wearing a satin cape with three stripes going down the back and her name in the middle spelled out in big, cursive letters, lined in sequins. Someone from her camp (perhaps Jesus) better take the wheel before it gets out of hand.


Style Watch

June 4, 2008

The big question for the upcoming Women’s National Championship is which athletes will make the best case to be put on the Olympic team.  The next question is what are they going to wear while they do it?  

Shawn Johnson has shown up with some interesting color combinations in the past.  It was actually a photo of a purple and lime creation that she wore in 2006 which got me wondering what she was going to wear this year.  

Nastia looked great in her silver studded black leotard from 2007.  That leo surely cost many $$$.  Her teammates wore the same leo in thrifty shades of red and yellow.  

I, for one, am looking forward to Boston fashion weekend.