- The US women's gymnastics team's leotards contain hidden references to American history.
- The blue leotards for the women's qualification round featured 76 stars, a nod to the year 1776.
- The leotards for the women's team final included 7,600 Swarovski crystals for the same reason.
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The US women's gymnastics team is decked out in bold leotard designs that sparkle as they balance, flip, and fly through the air at the Tokyo Olympics. But viewers at home might not realize that their outfits feature hidden details that serve as nods to American history.
US gymnasts wear leotards produced by GK Elite, a gymnastics sportswear company based in Reading, Pennsylvania, and official apparel sponsor of USA Gymnastics.
On day two of the women's qualification event on Sunday, Team USA wore blue leotards featuring 76 hand-placed red, white, blue, and gold stars – a reference to America winning its independence in 1776.
Designed around the theme of "patriotism," the leotards were made from recycled fabric and featured 6,467 Swarovski crystals, a GK Elite representative told Insider in a statement.
The design also featured "USA" spelled out in crystals on the right hip.
At the women's team final event on Tuesday, US gymnasts wore red, white, and blue leotards that shone with 7,600 Swarovski crystals in another 1776 tribute.
"The iconic red, white and blue patriotic-inspired designs are meant to draw from symbols of strength and greatness to inspire the men and women to go for gold in Tokyo," a GK Elite representative told Insider.
The US women's team won silver in the team all-around final after Simone Biles withdrew from the competition.