The Leo Panel: 2014 World Championship Qualifications

This Leo Panel features six 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 looks at the leotards worn by the gymnasts during qualifications at Worlds. Note- as “science-y” as we pretend to be, this is all just based on opinion – i.e. our personal tastes and favorites. It is by no means a definitive list of the best and worst! What leo was your favorite?

Countries not featured due to lack of quality photo/video footage: Lithuania, India, Panama, Denmark, Kazakhstan, Czech Republic, Chile, Bulgaria, Portugal, Belarus, Norway, Georgia, Austria, Venezuela, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Iceland, Greece, Chinese Taipei, and Malaysia.

1. Germany, 9.200

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling Appearance Total
Jackie 1.7 1.7 1.7 1.8 1.7 8.6 
Joe 2.0 1.9 1.8 2.0 2.0 9.7
Lauren 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 10.0 
Sarah 2.0 2.0 1.5 1.8 1.9 9.2
Spanny 1.7 1.7 1.6 1.8 1.9 8.7

“It’s not my favorite leo of the entire Championships, but in my mind, it’s the absolute PERFECT leo, no matter what my opinion is. It’s athletic, classy, patriotic, clean and simple without being dull, it looked great on every single athlete…even the sponsor bit on the chest doesn’t mess it up. Just excellent.”

2. Great Britain, 9.133

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling Appearance Total
Jackie 2.0 1.8 1.9 2.0 2.9 9.7 
Joe 1.7 1.5 1.5 1.6 1.8 8.1
Lauren 1.8 1.4 1.8 1.8 1.8 8.6
Sarah 2.0 2.0 1.8 1.8 2.0 9.6
Spanny 1.9 1.8 1.7 1.9 1.9 9.2

“I like that the rhinestones ARE the design, and aren’t just randomly splashed around an existing fabric swirly design the way they are with most leos.”

“This picture doesn’t show the back of the leotard, which was a beautiful Union Jack design. GB is always on point with their leotards!”

“If Great Britain could win a gold medal for leotards, this one would win it.”

3. Canada, 9.033

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling Appearance Total
Jackie 2.0 1.7 1.8 1.6 2.0 9.1
Joe 2.0 1.7 1.5 1.7 1.9 8.8
Lauren 2.0 1.8 1.6 2.0 2.0 9.4 
Sarah 2.0 2.0 1.3 1.5 1.7 8.5 
Spanny 1.9 1.8 1.8 1.8 1.9 9.2

“I love the 75% of this leo that’s actually finished so much, I didn’t take much off for the part they forgot to finish.”

“It’s too busy for me!”

“I love it and it makes me happy.”

“Yeah, I think this is one of my favorite Canadian leotards.”

4. Russia, 9.000

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling Appearance Total
Jackie 1.8 1.8 1.8 2.0 2.0 9.4
Joe 1.9 1.6 1.6 1.8 1.8 8.7
Lauren 1.6 1.8 1.8 1.8 1.8 8.8
Sarah 1.7 1.9 2.0 2.0 2.0 9.6 
Spanny 1.7 1.7 1.6 1.9 1.9 8.8

“Lots of teal and black this year but I think the Russians did it best.”

“I love everything about this leotard but I just wish it was a different color!”

5. Guatemala, 8.900

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling Appearance Total
Jackie 1.8 1.7 1.8 1.6 1.8 8.7
Joe 1.9 2.0 1.7 1.8 2.0 9.4
Lauren 1.8 1.8 1.7 1.6 1.8 8.7
Sarah 1.9 1.9 1.8 1.7 2.0 9.3
Spanny 1.8 1.7 1.6 1.6 1.7 8.4

“Beautiful colors and design! Win.”

6. Spain, 8.667

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling Appearance Total
Jackie 1.7 1.8 1.8 1.6 1.8 8.7
Joe 1.7 1.9 1.8 1.7 1.9 9.0
Lauren 1.8 2.0 1.8 1.9 2.0 9.5
Sarah 1.7 1.6 1.7 1.9 2.0 8.9
Spanny 1.5 1.6 1.5 1.8 1.8 8.2

“GORGEOUS. Like Germany, pretty much everything a national team leo should be.”

7. Poland, 8.700

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling Appearance Total
Jackie 1.7 1.7 1.6 1.5 1.8 8.3
Joe 2.0 1.7 1.8 1.7 1.9 9.1
Lauren 1.8 1.8 1.6 1.6 1.8 8.6
Sarah 1.6 1.7 1.7 1.5 1.9 8.4
Spanny 1.9 1.8 1.9 1.8 1.9 9.3 

“Surprisingly tasteful and lovely! And good use of the national colors.”

“Does she have a hole in her armpit or is that just me?”

8. United States, 8.600

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling Appearance Total
Jackie 1.2 1.8 2.0 2.0 1.8 8.8
Joe 1.2 1.8 1.7 1.8 1.8 8.2
Lauren 1.5 1.8 1.7 1.9 1.9 8.8
Sarah 1.3 2.0 1.7 2.0 2.0 9.0
Spanny 1.2 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.7 7.7

“I personally don’t love the bubblegum look and think they did a better job with their all-around pink leos, but I think it doesn’t look terrible with the white here. Just not my thing.”

“Yeah, I get that the girls like this shade, but it’s not for me. It would be perfect in a different color.”

9T. Netherlands, 8.567

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling Appearance Total
Jackie 1.8 1.6 1.7 1.7 1.8 8.6
Joe 1.6 1.6 1.4 1.5 1.7 7.8 
Lauren 1.8 1.8 1.5 1.5 1.8 8.4
Sarah 2.0 1.9 1.6 1.7 1.9 9.1
Spanny 1.8 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.8 8.7

“Another generic GK catalogue leo but at least they made an attempt at being patriotic.”

9T. Brazil. 8.567

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling Appearance Total
Jackie 1.3 1.7 1.2 1.4 1.5 7.1
Joe 1.8 1.9 1.4 1.8 1.8 8.7
Lauren 2.0 1.8 1.4 2.0 2.0 9.2 
Sarah 1.7 1.7 1.3 1.4 1.9 8.0
Spanny 1.9 1.8 1.8 1.7 1.8 9.0

“Love the purple, love the Adidas, but the pink triangle ruins it!”

“I wouldn’t mind the pink triangle if it was hombre’d in there.”

“ADIDAS FOREVER.”

11. South Korea, 8.533

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling Appearance Total
Jackie 1.6 1.7 1.6 1.5 1.7 8.1
Joe 1.9 1.8 1.7 1.8 1.8 9.0
Lauren 1.6 1.6 1.0 1.6 1.7 7.5
Sarah 1.8 1.6 1.5 1.7 1.9 8.5
Spanny 1.8 1.8 1.8 1.9 1.9 9.2

12. Azerbaijan, 8.500

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling Appearance Total
Jackie 1.7 1.5 1.5 1.7 1.8 8.2
Joe 1.8 1.7 1.4 1.5 1.8 8.2
Lauren 2.0 1.8 1.7 1.6 2.0 9.1
Sarah 2.0 2.0 1.75 1.5 1.9 9.15
Spanny 1.3 1.0 1.5 1.5 1.9 7.2

“I love everything about this leo!”

“Well I’m going to call it the Aunt Flo leo…”

13. Finland, 8.427

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling Appearance Total
Jackie 1.7 1.7 1.6 1.6 1.7 8.3 
Joe 1.8 1.8 1.3 1.8 1.7 8.4
Lauren 1.8 1.8 1.6 1.6 1.8 8.6 
Sarah 1.75 1.9 1.5 1.7 1.7 8.55
Spanny 1.7 1.8 1.5 1.6 1.7 8.3

“Yeah, it’s basically just a generic GK catalogue leo?”

“But I like it!”

14. Singapore, 8.267

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling Appearance Total
Jackie 1.7 1.6 1.7 1.5 1.7 8.2
Joe 1.8 1.8 1.4 1.5 1.7 8.4
Lauren 1.7 1.7 1.6 1.5 1.7 8.2
Sarah 1.8 1.6 1.3 1.4 1.7 7.8 
Spanny 1.9 1.7 1.7 1.9 1.8 9.0

“I love it and I can’t even tell you why.”

“I want to love it but it’s boring. It needs something.”

15. Colombia, 8.167

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling Appearance Total
Jackie 1.7 1.7 1.6 1.5 1.8 8.3
Joe 1.9 1.8 1.2 1.6 1.8 8.3
Lauren 1.6 1.9 1.8 1.7 1.8 8.8
Sarah 1.3 1.8 1.4 1.7 1.7 7.9
Spanny 1.5 1.2 1.8 1.4 1.8 7.7

“This is almost exactly the same everything as the Russian leo but the Russian version just seems to pop a bit more…brighter colors, better rhinestone action, and a cleaner design.”

16T. Switzerland, 8.033

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling Appearance Total
Jackie 1.7 1.7 1.8 1.2 1.6 8.0
Joe 1.8 1.7 1.2 1.5 1.5 7.7
Lauren 1.8 1.8 1.6 1.6 2.0 8.8 
Sarah 1.8 1.7 0.5 1.2 1.5 6.7 
Spanny 1.7 1.6 1.5 1.8 1.8 8.4

“I know, I know, the Swiss have a cross on their flag, but I just can’t help laughing because it looks like Ms Frizzle from the “Magic School Bus” with one of her themed dresses. CHILDREN, TODAY WE ARE GOING TO LEARN ABOUT ADDITION!! FOLLOW ME INTO THE SKETCHY BUS WHERE YOU DEFINITELY WON’T ALMOST GET MURDERED!”

“I look at this and I think of a poorly done nurse Halloween costume. I also hate the low cut front. And what the picture doesn’t show is the white collar in the back, which is dreadful!”

16T. Romania, 8.033

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling Appearance Total
Jackie 1.7 1.8 1.5 1.6 1.6 8.2
Joe 1.7 1.6 1.5 1.4 1.7 7.9
Lauren 1.6 1.8 1.4 1.5 1.7 8.0
Sarah 1.2 1.7 1.2 1.4 1.6 7.1 
Spanny 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.7 8.3

“I like that they went patriotic but I hate their country’s flag colors with a passion so I feel morally conflicted.”

“I usually love Romania’s leotards but I’m not really feeling the design of this one. I can’t put my finger on why.”

16T. Hong Kong, 8.033

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling Appearance Total
Jackie 1.7 1.7 1.5 1.6 1.6 8.1
Joe 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.6 1.8 7.9
Lauren 1.7 1.6 1.2 1.5 1.7 7.7
Sarah 1.2 1.8 1.5 1.9 1.7 8.1
Spanny 1.6 1.5 1.5 1.8 1.8 8.2

“It has the makings of a good leo but the design is just no.”

19. Hungary, 8.000

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling Appearance Total
Jackie 1.7 1.5 1.3 1.3 1.5 7.3
Joe 1.9 1.6 1.8 1.7 1.9 8.9
Lauren 1.6 1.8 1.0 1.6 1.8 7.8
Sarah 1.5 1.4 1.2 1.3 1.6 7.0
Spanny 1.9 1.7 1.8 1.8 2.0 9.2

“It was going so well and then you added a lavender bib.”

“WHY DO YOU GUYS HATE PURPLE?”

“I don’t hate purple. I just hate this purple leotard.”

20. Ireland, 7.800

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling Appearance Total
Jackie 1.6 1.7 1.5 1.6 1.7 8.1
Joe 1.3 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 7.1 
Lauren 1.7 1.6 1.2 1.5 1.7 7.7
Sarah 1.4 1.6 1.3 1.6 1.7 7.6
Spanny 1.9 1.8 1.8 1.9 1.9 9.3

“Is this an homage to the Finger Lakes of upstate New York?”

“I have no idea what they were going for up top. Mesh, but I want black sleeves! NO, I WANT WHITE! It’s like two kids fighting over Burger King or McDonalds after an eight hour drive (back from the Finger Lakes probably!) and the parents are too tired to care so they just get both.”

“Take away the white cuff things and this would be the best leo of all time.”

21. Egypt, 7.767

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling Appearance Total
Jackie 1.4 1.5 1.5 1.6 1.7 7.7
Joe 1.6 1.6 1.5 1.3 1.7 7.7
Lauren 1.4 1.8 1.6 1.4 1.8 8.0
Sarah 1.6 1.8 1.4 1.2 1.7 7.7
Spanny 1.5 1.8 1.3 1.5 1.8 7.9

“This would be a great NCAA leo but it seems a little plain for this competition.”

“40 points for appropriate leg cut.”

22. Vietnam, 7.667

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling Appearance Total
Jackie 1.4 1.6 1.4 1.6 1.7 7.7
Joe 1.2 1.4 1.3 1.6 1.5 7.0
Lauren  1.1 1.6 1.0 1.7 1.7 7.1
Sarah 1.3 1.6 1.7 1.6 2.0 8.2
Spanny 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.8 1.9 8.5

“I think this is beautiful. It would probably gain a full point from me if the colors were different.”

“It reminds me of octopi.”

23. Peru, 7.633

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling Appearance Total
Jackie 1.4 1.5 1.5 1.6 1.7 7.7
Joe 1.2 1.5 1.4 1.4 1.6 7.1
Lauren 1.3 1.6 1.4 1.4 1.7 7.4
Sarah 1.5 1.6 1.5 1.5 1.7 7.8
Spanny 1.6 1.7 1.7 1.8 1.7 8.5

“I just fell asleep.”

24. Uzbekistan, 7.533

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling Appearance Total
Jackie 1.2 1.4 1.4 1.7 1.5 7.2
Joe 1.4 1.7 1.7 1.5 1.7 8.0
Lauren 1.3 1.6 1.1 1.7 1.7 7.4
Sarah 1.0 1.7 1.4 1.4 1.7 7.2
Spanny 1.7 1.6 1.6 1.8 1.8 8.5

“This screams CHUSO to me and I’m broken knowing that she didn’t get the chance to wear it.”

“I really hate the bright green and turquoise together…and the sleeves in two different materials. It’s definitely a leo only Chuso could pull off.”

25. Belgium, 7.500

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling Appearance Total
Jackie 1.5 1.3 1.3 1.7 1.6 7.4
Joe 1.5 1.5 1.0 1.6 1.8 7.4
Lauren 1.4 1.4 1.4 1.8 1.8 7.8
Sarah 1.5 1.5 1.3 1.6 1.7 7.6
Spanny 1.3 1.7 1.4 1.5 1.6 7.5

“I just feel like this has been done a million times.”

“It has been done a million times.”

26. Italy, 7.467

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling Appearance Total
Jackie 1.7 1.7 1.0 1.2 1.4 7.0
Joe 1.9 1.8 1.7 1.6 2.0 9.0
Lauren 1.8 1.7 1.0 1.6 1.8 7.9
Sarah 1.6 1.7 1.0 1.3 1.8 7.4
Spanny 1.7 1.5 1.0 1.2 1.7 7.1

“Stop trying to make Italian leos happen. They’re never going to happen.”

“I don’t know, you guys. I love it. Probably because I’m Italian.”

27T. Argentina, 7.333

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling Appearance Total
Jackie 1.6 1.3 1.7 1.2 1.5 7.3
Joe 1.7 1.5 1.3 1.2 1.7 7.5
Lauren 1.7 1.5 1.2 1.2 1.6 7.2
Sarah 1.5 1.5 1.2 1.3 1.5 7.0
Spanny 1.8 1.7 1.6 1.8 1.8 8.7

“Appropriate use of mesh. Spanny-approved.”

27T. Mexico, 7.333

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling Appearance Total
Jackie 1.4 1.7 1.2 1.5 1.5 6.8
Joe 1.9 1.6 1.4 1.6 1.9 8.4
Lauren 1.8 1.8 1.3 1.2 1.7 7.8
Sarah 1.7 1.6 1.2 1.3 1.6 7.4
Spanny 1.6 1.6 0.5 0.5 1.7 5.9

“I’m not feeling the white snakes slithering out of her armpits.”

“It makes her look like a ram!”

“Why are there so many leos with a thousand colors this year? TOO BUSY.”

29. Slovakia, 7.300

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling Appearance Total
Jackie 1.6 1.7 1.6 1.6 1.4 7.9
Joe 1.5 1.2 1.4 1.5 1.5 7.1
Lauren 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.6 8.0
Sarah 1.2 1.5 1.2 1.4 1.6 6.9
Spanny 1.0 1.2 0.8 1.8 1.5 6.3

“I don’t like these colors together. Or the amoeba boob design.”

30. Ukraine, 7.233

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling Appearance Total
Jackie 1.6 1.7 1.2 1.5 1.5 7.5
Joe 1.6 1.6 1.1 1.4 1.5 7.4
Lauren 1.2 1.7 1.1 1.5 1.7 7.2
Sarah 1.2 1.7 1.3 1.4 1.5 7.1
Spanny 1.0 1.5 1.0 1.7 1.7 6.9

“How can I ruin a simple and sporty leo?! Maybe I’ll throw a snake around my neck.”

31. North Korea, 7.100

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling Appearance Total
Jackie 1.7 1.2 1.3 1.0 1.5 6.7
Joe 1.8 1.5 1.0 1.0 1.6 6.9
Lauren 1.8 1.7 1.1 1.5 1.8 7.9
Sarah 1.7 1.2 1.0 1.0 1.7 6.6
Spanny 1.6 1.8 1.0 1.8 1.5 7.7

“Minus the North Korean flag, this looks like something an American Girl doll would wear as a cute patriotic bathing suit, which would make Kim Jong-Un cry into his sausage hands.”

“Should sleeves be a ‘skill requirement’ in competition leos? Because I definitely deducted just for that.”

32. China, 7.033

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling Appearance Total
Jackie 1.1 1.6 1.0 1.3 1.5 6.5
Joe 1.7 1.5 1.8 1.7 1.8 8.5
Lauren 1.6 1.6 1.0 1.6 1.7 7.5
Sarah 1.0 1.2 1.2 1.4 1.7 6.5
Spanny 1.3 1.3 1.2 1.8 1.5 7.1

“Hate the red seashell bra, hate that the bottom is darker than the rest. Just…no.”

“WOW, I didn’t even see that there were multiple whites!”

“All I see are the silver underpants.”

33. Japan, 6.900

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling Appearance Total
Jackie 1.0 1.5 1.0 1.5 1.3 6.3
Joe 1.3 1.5 0.7 1.6 1.7 7.2
Lauren 1.2 1.8 1.0 1.6 1.5 7.1
Sarah 1.0 1.3 1.2 1.4 1.5 6.4
Spanny 1.9 1.8 1.0 1.8 1.6 8.1

“This is hanging on the wall of a Disney pop star who wants to be taken seriously so he buys some splatter paintings to make it look like he ‘gets art.'”

“I don’t think any combination of colors works less than this combination of colors.”

“If the sleeves were cut off, I would totally wear this as a practice/workout leo, but this design just isn’t appropriate to wear at World Championships.”

“Just say no to paintball guns.”

34. France, 6.200

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling Appearance Total
Jackie 1.0 1.5 0.5 1.0 1.4 5.4
Joe 1.2 1.6 0.9 1.2 1.3 6.2
Lauren 1.8 1.6 0.5 1.4 1.7 7.0
Sarah 1.7 1.8 1.0 1.5 1.8 7.8
Spanny 1.5 0.5 0.0 1.5 1.4 4.9

“If she unzips that leo any further, NBC is gonna have to worry about getting fined by the FCC. Oh, never mind, NBC would never show the French. How silly of me.”

“What the literal eff.”

“The longer I look at this, the more I hate it.”

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

Special thanks to Sarah Chrane for coordinating and gathering the images!

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21 thoughts on “The Leo Panel: 2014 World Championship Qualifications

  1. I loved China’s! I would have preferred all the one white too, but it was so pretty..maybe moreso in action. Japan’s was one of my favourites of the whole competition and I really liked Vietnam too.

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    • I liked Japan’s leo too. I agree with you on team USA’s quals leo. Too hot pink. Loved the AA leo, it looked like the dress from Sleeping Beauty. My favorite team USA leos were the team final one and the day two event finals leo.

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  2. Among the team’s leos that represent the country flag, my favourite were the ones worn by Canada (which is always very creative with that leaf!!), Netherlands and Poland; then I actually adore the Russian teal leo, but that’s because I deeply love teal 🙂 I also thought that Italy would have ranked higher, I like their new leo, even if it looks a bit too “full” (since I0m Italian, I like the way we keep, for team competitions, the country colours!).

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  3. Great Britain’s definitely my favorite (almost always are in the leo competition) so I’m glad to see them at #2! I can’t believe how high the American leo is, though.
    Why has China started (and kept with) this trend in their leos where they have mesh sleeves and then a different fabric for the “underpants” part of the leo than the fabric for the rest of the body? It doesn’t look good.

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  4. Ha, the comment regarding the Swiss leotard and Ms Frizzle was spot-on… I loved the Canadian leo, and actually liked the Japanese leo – just maybe not for a team competition. It seems like an excellent choice for an all around or event final.

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  5. Love the comments about the Belgian leo’s, even if I’m Belgian myself 🙂 I really hope they design something new and funky for the Olympics!

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