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Written by Amanda Turner    Thursday, 20 July 2017 18:48    PDF Print
Elite Sportswear Acquires Dreamlight Activewear
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Elite Sportswear, the parent company of gymnastics leotard manufacturer GK Elite, has acquired leotard company Dreamlight Activewear, Elite announced Thursday.

Jessica López (Venezeula)

Dreamlight Activewear, headquartered in Virginia Beach, Va., was founded in 1989. It has been innovative in its introduction of new textiles to gymnastics leotards, such as metallics and sheer mesh, and is also noted for its decorative techniques, such as fabric appliqué and Swarovski crystals.

Dreamlight Activewear owner Annette Harvey said she was excited about her company's acquisition.

"We are thrilled to become a part of the Elite Sportswear Family," Harvey said. "We share the same passion for the sport of gymnastics and together will continue to provide the most innovative and quality apparel on the market."

In edition to its GK gymnastics brand, Elite Sportswear manufactures several lines of cheerleading outfits as well as Dolfin Swimwear. The company is headquartered in Reading, Pennsylvania.

"As the global leader in Gymnastics, we believe the addition of Dreamlight to our portfolio of brands provides us with tremendous opportunity for growth and synergy," said Dan Casciano, CEO of Elite Sportswear, in a statement. "Together, we are excited to continue to drive best in class innovation, design and fit for the sport of gymnastics."

Dreamlight Activewear has outfitted numerous clubs and teams, including the Venezuelan women's squad. Three-time Olympian Jessica López has worn Dreamlight for many years and has her own line, the "J.Lo" Collection, launched in 2015.

External Links: Dreamlight Activewear | GK Elite

Written by John Crumlish    Wednesday, 19 July 2017 16:52    PDF Print
Daria Yelizarova: 'There Are Always Chances'
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Still enjoying success in her lengthy career, 2006 European junior all-around champion Daria Yelizarova of Russia told IG she is motivated by her potential and diligence.

"There are always chances," she said. "The main thing is to work, and work on yourself."

Daria Yelizarova (Russia)

Yelizarova, 26, has been competing internationally for more than a dozen years. She won two gold medals and two bronze medals at last month's Gym Festival Trnava meet in Slovakia, and has placed in the top 10 all-around at the past four Russian championships. A native of Tula, Russia, she has also helped her Central squad win the team title at the Russian championships in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Yelizarova said she was pleased with her results in Trnava but sees room for development.

"Most of all I was happy with my performance on beam in the final," she said. "I want to improve my execution on floor exercise, as well as raise the start value."

Yelizarova, who competed for Uzbekistan from 2010-2012, originally did not intend to extend her career beyond 2012, when she envisioned herself taking part in the Olympics in London.

"When I left to compete for Uzbekistan, I thought only about getting to the Olympic Games in London," she said. "I left there after I did not get to the Olympics, because there was nothing to do there. After coming to Russia, I did not plan to continue to compete. I worked as a coach. After a while, it all happened that way."

Yelizarova said her next target is the University Games in Taipei next month. A good performance there could lead to new opportunities, she said.

"Now the main thing is to get into the team at the Universiade and show a decent result," said Yelizarova, who placed seventh all-around, second on floor exercise, third on vault and first with the winning Russian team at the 2015 University Games in Gwangju, Korea. "Everything else will depend on this. If everything goes well, I will prepare for the World and European Championships."

When Yelizarova decides to definitely end her competitive career, she is confident that professional opportunities as a coach await her.

"There are great prospects and the experience of work, so I think that everything will turn out in the future," she told IG.

External Link: Russian Gymnastics Federation

Written by John Crumlish    Friday, 14 July 2017 09:55    PDF Print
De Jesus Dos Santos Quietly Enjoys Success
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Featured in the cover story of the July/August 2017 issue of International Gymnast magazine, Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos of France told IG she quietly reveled in her surprising success at the European Championships in Romania in April, where she won the all-around bronze medal.

“I understood it was real as soon as I put my feet on the podium,” De Jesus Dos Santos said. “This was really very moving even though I didn’t really show it to the camera.”

Added coach Eric Hagard: “The all-around bronze medal was a kind of ‘secret’ expectation somewhere in my mind, a good surprise and a big achievement after her knee surgery 15 months earlier.”

Read “French Force,” an in-depth profile on De Jesus Dos Santos, in the July/August issue of International Gymnast magazine, which mails on July 20. To subscribe to the print and/or digital editions, or to order back issues, click here.

Written by John Crumlish    Wednesday, 12 July 2017 07:46    PDF Print
Jansen On Coaching: ‘The Sky Is The Limit’
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Featured in the July/August 2017 issue of International Gymnast magazine, 11-time Norwegian national all-around champion Espen Jansen (pictured here giving a peptalk to his boys) is finding relatable tasks as coach of several promising young gymnasts at his club in Jessheim.

“One challenge is that all boys have individual personalities and need different approaches to training,” says Jansen, who competed into his 40s. “You need to get to know how to motivate each one, and how to get the best out of everybody. Another challenge is that, as a coach, you know how easy things are if you only do it correctly. But young boys do not always see that. Anyway, I really enjoy coaching and I like to see their development. The good thing with young boys is that they don't see any limitations, so the sky is the limit.”

Read “Espen Jansen’s Boys,” a profile on Jansen and his young gymnasts, in the July/August 2017 issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe to the print and/or digital editions, or to order back issues, click here.

Written by dwight normile    Friday, 07 July 2017 12:34    PDF Print
Canadian Championships Pleasant Surprise for Black, Clay
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The July/August issue of International Gymnast will include interviews with 2017 Canadian champions Ellie Black and Zachary Clay.

Victories for both gymnasts might have been a surprise.

"My main goal was to get back out on the competition floor, and use it as a building block in my recovery and getting back competing," said the 21-year-old Black, who is coached by David Kikuchi. "I missed the first part of the season due to injury, so it was only my second competition back since the summer. I was really happy with the competitions and it was great to be back out on the floor with the other girls on the team."

Clay, 22, has made an incredible comeback after tearing his right ACL and fracturing his right tibia on floor exercise at the 2015 Arthur Gander Memorial.

"For a while I wasn’t sure if I’d walk without a limp, much less compete again," said Clay, who is coached by Richard Ikeda. "Through a family member I was lined up with the top surgeon in British Columbia as well as a very phenomenal physiotherapist. Between the two of them I was able to fully recover."

Read "Canadian Candor" in the July/August 2017 issue. To subscribe to the print and/or digital editions, or to order back issues, click here.


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