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9 Show-Stopping US Gymnast Uniforms, From 1948 Until Now

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With the 2021 Olympics under way, it’s time to take a walk down memory lane and see the Team USA gymnastics uniforms that came before.

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1948

In 1948, the U.S. gymnastics uniform at the London Olympics was a romper and leotard hybrid, with a slightly looser fit and more coverage over the chest and bottom.
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1964

In Tokyo in 1964, the U.S. gymnastics leotard looked more like it does today in terms of fit, though it was very classic in a simple solid navy blue with no embellishment or pattern to speak of.
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1984

In Los Angeles in 1984, the U.S. gymnastics uniform consisted of a long-sleeved leotard, decorated in a number of red, white, and blue patterns that let American pride truly shine.
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1992

The Olympics in Barcelona called for a pared-down version of the long-sleeved leotard, with athletes opting for a bright white that was understated and classic, yet stood out in a crowd.
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1996

The 1996 Atlanta Games brought leotards that harkened back to the decade before, in bright white but decorated with an American flag motif.
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2000

In Sydney, Australia, Team USA brought the heat with bright red leotards with the most subtle of striped American detailing.
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2004

Athens was the location for the 2004 Olympics, to which American gymnasts brought all the glitz and glam, opting for bright red leotards with not only a metallic sheen, but also an allover crystal embellishment and sheer mesh sleeves and chest.
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2012

Forget the red, white, and blue in 2012, when the U.S. team wore bright pink metallic leotards in the Olympic Games in London.
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2021

For the delayed 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, held currently in 2021, Team USA made sure their uniforms shined bright (quite literally), with not only a red, white, and blue chevron pattern, but an allover metallic sheen and crystal embellishment from tip to toe.