Sparkling with thousands of tiny crystals, each gymnast has 20 leotards to use throughout the Olympic Games...
The USA leapt and spun to Olympic gold in one of the most dominant performances ever seen in women's team gymnastics.
Designed two years in advance, the uniforms must fit the gymnasts' bodies perfectly to be competition-ready. Athletes are each fitted on three separate occasions.
GK Elite, the team's outfitter, reported that new technology — in bejewelling, no less — significantly cut down production time and costs. In previous years, crystals had to be hand-placed before GK made use of improved equipment.
The leotards worn by the athletes in the qualifying round cost roughly $1,200 each. They were decorated with nearly 5,000 Swarovski crystals, which contributed to the hefty price tag.
While it's the gymnasts who wear them, it's team co-ordinator Martha Karolyi who selects the final leotards. In the end, each member of the team receives 20 leotards each for competition and practice.
The most patriotic leotards were chosen as a tribute to Karolyi, who retire following Rio 2016 after 16 years at the helm of Team USA.