The Leo Panel: 2014 U.S. Championships

The Leo Panel features five judges ranking every leo worn in a competition from our most to least favorite using our very scientific and very awesome Leotard Code of Points.

We take deductions from five categories (color, fabric, design, rhinestones, and appearance on the gymnast, in order of how you’ll see them on our scoresheets). Each category is worth two points. We add the categories together to get each judge’s individual score, drop the highest and lowest scores of the six, and average the remaining four together to get the final score.

The second Leo Panel looked at every single leotard worn on both days at the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships. We weeded out those that had been worn before – like all of the leos we saw at Classics – and then judged the rest. Below are the 15 we liked the best! Note- as “science-y” as we pretend to be, this is all just based on opinion – our personal tastes and favorites. It is by no means a definitive list of the best!

1. Twin City Twisters – Day 2 – 9.099

Jackie: 2 / 1.7 / 1.6 / 1.7 / 1.9 = 8.9
Joe: 2 / 2 / 1.8 / 1.9 / 1.9 = 9.6
Lauren: 1.8 / 1.6 / 1.8 / 1.4 / 1.8 = 8.4
Sarah: 2 / 1.7 / 2 / 1.7 / 2 = 9.4
Spanny: 2 / 1.8 / 1.6 / 1.6 / 1.999 = 8.999

“Simple, classic, elegant!”

“My heart.”

“If we left off the strange sparkle pattern, I would marry this leotard.”

2. World Champions Centre – Day 2 – 9.033

Jackie: 1.7 / 1.8 / 1.8 / 1.7 / 1.9 = 8.9
Joe: 1.7 / 1.8 / 1.9 / 1.7 / 1.9 = 9
Lauren: 1.8 / 1.8 / 1.8 / 1.8 / 2 = 9.2
Sarah: 1.8 / 1.9 / 1.8 / 1.9 / 2 = 9.4
Spanny: 1.8 / 1.6 / 1.6 / 1.7 / 1.8 = 8.5

“The most perfect leo Simone has ever worn.”

“This leo IS Simone.”

“Simone is a leotard?”

3. Gym Max – Day 2 – 8.866

Jackie: 1.7 / 1.8 / 2 / 1.7 / 2 = 9.2
Joe: 1.7 / 1.6 / 1.9 / 1.7 / 2 = 8.9
Lauren: 1.6 / 1.6 / 1.7 / 1.6 / 1.8 = 8.3
Sarah: 1.9 / 1.8 / 2 / 1.9 / 2 = 9.6
Spanny: 1.7 / 1.7 / 1.6 / 1.8 / 1.7 = 8.5

“This leotard plus red lipstick = absolute royalty. Bow down.”

4T. Naydenov – Day 1 – 8.466

Jackie: 1.8 / 1.7 / 1.6 / 1.6 / 1.8 = 8.5
Joe: 1.8 / 1.6 / 1.8 / 1.5 / 1.7 = 8.4
Lauren: 1.6 / 1.6 / 1.2 / 1.5 / 1.9 = 7.8
Sarah: 1.8 / 1.7 / 1.7 / 1.6 / 1.7 = 8.5
Spanny: 1.7 / 1.8 / 1.5 / 1.7 / 1.9 =  8.6

“It would be utter perfection without the weird avian claw mark.”

“Yeah, I like everything about it except the design.”

4T. Salcianu – Day 2 – 8.466

Jackie: 1.8 / 1.7 / 1.8 / 1.6 / 1.8 = 8.7
Joe: 1.9 / 1.7 / 1.8 / 1.4 / 1.9 = 8.7
Lauren: 1.8 / 1.8 / 1.5 / 1.6 / 1.9 = 8.6
Sarah: 1.5 / 1.6 / 1.4 / 1.4 / 1.4 = 7.3
Spanny: 1.8 / 1.6 / 1.5 / 1.6 / 1.6 = 8.1

“You can never go wrong with red, white, and blue.”

“This is the kind of leo I’d want my American Girl doll to wear. I don’t know how to explain what I mean by this.”

“This is like a team finals leo from my dreams.”

6T. Desert Lights – Day 1 – 8.433

Jackie: 1.8 / 1.6 / 1.8 / 1.6 / 2 = 8.8
Joe: 1.8 / 1.7 / 1.7 / 1.8 / 1.9 = 8.9
Lauren: 1.6 / 1.5 / 1.6 / 1.7 / 1.8 = 8.2
Sarah: 1.5 / 1.7 / 1.5 / 1.8 / 1.8 = 8.3
Spanny: 1.6 / 0.5 / 1.5 / 1.8 / 1.7 = 7.1

“About a quad too late. I see this leo and think Maroney and Wieber.”

“The spaceman look actually really works for Skinner.”

“She looks like an ice princess in this leo, and I love it.”

6T. Gymnastics Academy of Atlanta – Day 2 – 8.433

Jackie: 1.5 / 1.8 / 1.7 / 1.6 / 1.7 = 8.3
Joe: 1.6 / 1.7 / 1.5 / 1.8 / 1.8 = 8.4
Lauren: 1.8 / 1.8 / 1.6 / 1.6 / 1.8 = 8.6
Sarah: 2 / 2 / 1.7 / 1.8 / 1.7 = 9.2
Spanny: 1.8 / 1.7 / 1.5 / 0.5 / 1.7 = 7.2

“You can never go wrong with black.”

8. Iowa Gym-Nest – Day 1 – 8.366

Jackie: 1.7 / 1.5 / 1.6 / 1.6 / 1.7 = 8.1
Joe: 1.7 / 1.4 / 1.6 / 1.5 / 1.7 = 7.9
Lauren: 1.8 / 1.8 / 1.6 / 1.4 / 1.8 = 8.4
Sarah: 1.8 / 1.7 / 1.7 / 1.8 / 1.8 = 8.8
Spanny: 1.7 / 1.6 / 1.7 / 1.8 / 1.8 = 8.6

“I don’t know why it works.  It just does.”

9T. Gliders – Day 2 – 8.266

Jackie: 1.5 / 1.6 / 1.7 / 1.6 / 1.6 = 8
Joe: 1.6 / 1.8 / 1.5 / 1.7 / 1.7 = 8.3
Lauren: 1.8 / 1.8 / 1.5 / 1.5 / 1.8 = 8.4
Sarah: 1.8 / 1.8 / 1.5 / 1.8 /1.7 = 8.6
Spanny: 1.6 / 1.7 / 1.5 / 1.6 / 1.7 = 8.1

“SO MANY CAT LEOS.”

“I think I’m starting to like this design less and less the more often I have to look at it.”

“This color scheme works best out of all of them, though.”

9T. First State – Day 2 – 8.266

Jackie: 1.3 / 1.4 / 1.5 / 1.8 / 1.6 = 7.6
Joe: 1.7 / 1.3 / 1.5 / 1.9 / 1.8 = 8.2
Lauren: 1.7 / 1.6 / 2 / 1.8 / 1.9 = 9.0
Sarah: 1.7 / 1.8 / 1.3 / 1.5 / 1.7 = 8.0
Spanny: 1.9 / 1.6 / 1.6 / 1.6 / 1.9 = 8.6

“Speaking of the cat leo…”

“This version looks more like a ram.”

“I think the design in black is absolutely fabulous.”

11. Girls Co-Op – Day 1 – 8.233

Jackie: 1.6 / 1.7 / 1.6 / 1.8 / 1.6 = 8.3
Joe: 1.7 / 1.8 / 1.4 / 1.4 / 1.8 = 8.1
Lauren: 2.0 / 1.8 / 1.4 / 1.8 / 1.8 = 8.8
Sarah: 1.5 / 1.5 / 1.5 / 1.8 / 1.7 = 8.0
Spanny: 1.7/ 1.8 / 1.3 / 1.7 / 1.8 = 8.3

“I would have given a higher score without the purple top!”

“Yeah, if the black went up over the shoulders it would be about 90% better. Otherwise, it’s awesome sauce.”

12. MG Elite – Day 2 – 8.166

Jackie: 1.8 / 1.7 / 1.5 / 1.6 / 1.8 = 8.4
Joe: 1.7 / 1.6 / 1.4 / 1.6 / 1.4 = 7.7
Lauren: 1.8 / 1.8 / 1.4 / 1.6 / 1.8 = 8.4
Sarah: 1.2 / 1.3 / .5 / 1 / 1 = 5.0
Spanny: 2.0 / 1.8 /  1.2 / 1.7 / 1.8 = 8.5

“Gorgeous colors but I don’t love it as a whole…especially the collar.”

“The collar aside, this one looked incredible in person. You have to see it in motion, not in a photo.”

“Yes, agreed. This is not a leotard meant to be viewed up close. They are meant to remind you that you all better bow down to MG Elite.”

13. Gymnastics Academy of Atlanta – Day 1 – 8.166

Jackie: 1.7 / 1.8 / 1.6 / 1.8 / 1.6 = 8.5
Joe: 1.6 / 1.7 / 1.1 / 1.0 / 1.4 = 6.8
Lauren: 1.8 / 1.5 / 1.5 / 1.4 / 1.8 = 8.0
Sarah: 1.75 / 1.7 / 1.4 / 1.7 / 1.3 = 7.85
Spanny: 1.8 / 1.9 / 1.6 / 1.8 / 1.7 =  8.8

“This would be near perfection without the weird corset-wannabe sides.”

“Really simple, but it definitely stood out in the arena amongst all the others.”

14. KidSport – Day 2 – 8.100

Jackie: 1.7 / 1.6 / 1.5 / 1.7 / 1.6 = 8.1
Joe: 1.8 / 1.7 / 1.6 / 1.6 / 1.8 = 8.5
Lauren: 1.8 / 1.8 / 1.4 / 1.6 / 1.6 = 8.2
Sarah: 1.7 / 1.6 / 1.3 / 1.4 / 1.6 = 7.6
Spanny: 1.8 / 1.6 / 1.3 / 1.7 / 1.6 = 8

“That one stripe is cutting her chest in half and it’s bothering me.”

“I love the deep navy instead of a brighter blue. A+ fashion decision.”

15. Buckeye – Day 1 – 8.033

Jackie: 1.7 / 1.7 / 1.6 / 1.4 / 2 = 8.4
Joe: 1.7 / 1.5 / 1.6 / 1.4 / 1.8 = 8.0
Lauren: 1.8 / 1.6 / 1 / 1.5 / 1.8 = 7.7
Sarah: 1.8 / 1.75 / 1 / 1.25 /1.5 = 7.3
Spanny: 1.8 / 1.5 / 1.6 / 1.9 / 2.0 = 8.8

“I adore the blue color, if not the pattern.  But the pattern somehow fits? All the patterns on the leo followed the same theme.  Not many leotards can say that.”

“These leotards looked fantastic in person, but is incredibly busy up close. Still…I like it.”

Judging and commentary by Jackie Klein, Joe Rinaldi, Lauren Hopkins, Sarah Chrane, and Spanny Tampson. 

Special thanks to Joe Rinaldi for coordinating, doing the math, and gathering the images!

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4 thoughts on “The Leo Panel: 2014 U.S. Championships

    • That was a leo already worn at Classics, so we didn’t include it here…but when we included it for our Classics post, it was actually one of the least-liked leos among our judges! Some of us loved it, the rest hated it. We are a very divisive group! :-p

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  1. I want to love the TCT blue & white, but it just screams Florida Gators at me. And while I love the gators, I don’t necessarily want to see it at P&Gs.

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  2. Scores would be a lot more legible if you had the categories listed each time; a table with categories for columns and judge names for rows would make it *much* easier to understand!

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