Reading, PA, July 22, 2020 – GK Elite, the global leader in gymnastics apparel, is proud to announce the signing of former UCLA gymnast, activist and social media sensation Katelyn Ohashi as it’s newest brand ambassador.
Katelyn’s longstanding love and passion for the sport of gymnastics makes her a great partner for the GK family. At age 12, Katelyn made her first appearance on the national gymnastics stage at the 2009 Junior Olympic National Championships and then went on to make the Junior National Team. In 2013, she won the American Cup. In 2015, Katelyn joined the UCLA Bruins gymnastics team where she went on to become a four-time Pac-12 Freshmen of the Week, Pac-12 Balance Beam champion, Pac-12 Specialist of the year, and 2018 National Championships Floor Exercise Champion. During her senior year at UCLA, Katelyn earned six perfect 10s, and the Floor title, for her joyful floor routine at the 2019 Collegiate Challenge which quickly went viral on social media. Post graduation, Katelyn continues do gymnastics exhibitions and clinics, engages in public speaking appearances, advocacy, spends time writing and celebrating poetry and has developed a portfolio as an influencer and creative director for major brands.
On becoming GK’s newest brand ambassador, Katelyn shares, “Gymnastics has always been a huge part of my life. In my post-competition endevors, I am committed to spreading messages of body positivity, confidence, and inclusion. I am beyond excited to join GK and share in our mutual commitment to being dedicated to the sport of gymnastics and helping gymnasts of all levels find their confidence, their voice and to realize the joy in carving their own path.”
GK will manufacture an official signature line of gymnastics workout leotards and gymnastics accessories inspired, and designed, by Katelyn. The first leotard in Katelyn’s collection will launch in September 2020 with additional leotards launching in October and November 2020.
Chief Commercial Officer, Matt Cowan expressed, “We are thrilled to have Katelyn join the GK family. Her passion for gymnastics, and her dedication to spreading messages of self-confidence and diversity deeply resonate with our brand ethos. We are excited to bring her creativity, energy and positivity to life in an exciting new product collection!”
Through Katelyn’s signature line of gymnastics leotards, she hopes to encourage gymnasts to forge their own path, define success on their owns terms, express themselves fully and most importantly, have fun.
ABOUT GK ELITE
GK is the world’s leading brand of gymnastics apparel and is recognized around the globe for superior variety, quality, fit and service. For over 35 years, GK has been dedicated to the sport of gymnastics contributing millions of dollars to support hallmark grassroots gymnastics programs globally. Known for their signature collections of gymnastics workout leotards, GK has historically partnered with over ten Olympic athletes and currently offers leotards designed by the most decorated American gymnast, Simone Biles, and 2016 Olympic gold medalist, Laurie Hernandez. Based in Reading, Pennsylvania, Elite Sportswear, L.P., the company behind the GK Gymnastics brand, continues its commitment to American-made quality and continuous innovation in designs for gymnastics apparel. For more information regarding GK, visit www.gkelite.com.