The 2018 U.S. Classic Leo Panel

This Leo Panel features four 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, bling, and appearance on the gymnast, in order of how you’ll see them on our score sheets). Each category is worth two points. We add the categories together to get each judge’s individual score, drop the highest and lowest scores, and average the remaining to get the final score.

This edition of the Leo Panel looks at the leotards worn by the gymnasts during the 2018 GK U.S. Classic and Hopes Championships. Note- as “science-y” as we pretend to be, this is all just based on our opinions, our personal tastes, and our favorites. It is by no means a definitive list of the best and worst! What leo was your favorite?

1. ENA Paramus | 9.2

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.9 2.0 1.6 1.7 1.9 9.1
Lauren S. 1.8 2.0 1.8 1.7 1.9 9.2
Mary 2.0 2.0 1.8 1.8 1.9 9.5
Thomas 1.7 2.0 1.7 2.0 1.8 9.2

“This leo has that pink/orange ombre vibe I love on leos (like Ashton Locklear’s leo at the 2016 U.S. Classic) and it has all the bling to score big. This is another lovely look from ENA Paramus, and Olivia totally fits it. I just wish the break between the two colors was a little less separate.”

“Gorgeous, elegant, and it looks like it was perfectly made to embody everything about Olivia. It IS Olivia.”

“I agree that this leotard IS Olivia. I love everything about it!”

2. Solid Rock | 9.15

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.7 2.0 1.6 1.7 1.8 8.8
Lauren S. 1.8 2.0 1.8 1.7 2.0 9.3
Mary 1.8 2.0 2.0 1.7 1.9 9.4
Thomas 1.6 2.0 1.8 1.8 1.8 9.0

“For a white leo, this is done pretty well, and it looked INCREDIBLE on Jordan. I just love the color of the sleeves SO MUCH and wish we got to see more of it.”

“Another leo that I feel suits the athlete perfectly! So beautiful on Jordan!”

3T. First State | 9.05

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 2.0 2.0 1.8 1.9 2.0 9.7
Lauren S. 1.8 2.0 1.6 1.6 1.8 8.8
Mary 1.9 2.0 1.7 1.9 1.8 9.3
Thomas 1.5 1.5 1.7 1.8 1.8 8.3

“It’s just not 100% there for me. Maybe it’s the scalloped rhinestones.”

“I LOVE this leo. Also, Morgan gets bonus points for contributing to my sparkle collection. 10 points for Gryffindor!”

“This is classic and stunning. I’m obsessed.”

3T. Mavericks | 9.05

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.9 1.8 1.6 1.8 1.8 8.9
Lauren S. 2.0 2.0 1.8 1.9 2.0 9.7
Mary 2.0 2.0 1.7 1.7 1.8 9.2
Thomas 1.8 2.0 1.7 1.6 1.7 8.8

“If not my favorite of the competition, it was at least ONE of my favorites!”

“Well done. I’m personally not a fan of mesh cut-outs, but they work here.”

“Lovely, classy, and elegant!”

3T. Georgia Elite | 9.05

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.9 2.0 1.7 1.8 1.8 9.2
Lauren S. 1.7 1.8 1.7 1.7 1.7 8.6
Mary 2.0 1.8 1.7 1.7 1.7 8.9
Thomas 1.9 2.0 1.8 1.9 1.8 9.4

“I absolutely love this leo and the look. It is simple, the light blue and white ombre is perfect, and it has all the right amount of design and bling to make it a special look!”

“See, THIS is ombre to white done right.”

“I really like this design. Beautiful color choice, and the right amount of sparkle.”

6. Paramount Elite (Juniors) | 9.0

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 2.0 1.8 1.8 1.6 2.0 9.2
Lauren S. 1.9 2.0 1.8 1.6 1.9 9.2
Mary 1.8 2.0 1.6 1.7 1.7 8.8
Thomas 1.5 1.7 1.7 1.8 1.5 8.2

“Levi looked like she was going to dance Odile in Swan Lake. Super elegant look that matches her own style perfectly.”

“This look is pretty on Levi! It made her long limbs look even longer, and is a pretty compliment to her gymnastics.”

7T. San Mateo (Juniors & Hopes) | 8.95

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.8 2.0 1.5 1.7 1.8 8.8
Lauren S. 2.0 1.9 1.6 1.8 1.8 9.1
Mary 1.5 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.6 7.9
Thomas 1.8 2.0 1.7 1.9 1.7 9.1

“If the body had the blue ombre starting from the top or bottom (not the middle), this probably would’ve been one of my favorite leos! Just not a fan of the blue belt type thing.”

“The ombre pattern isn’t doing it for me on this leotard.”

7T. Revolution | 8.95

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.7 1.8 1.7 1.8 1.8 8.8
Lauren S. 1.9 1.7 1.8 1.7 1.9 9.0
Mary 1.9 1.8 1.7 1.7 1.8 8.9
Thomas 2.0 2.0 1.8 1.7 1.8 9.3

“This leo is absolutely gorgeous. From the beautiful purple colors to the way it ombres in and blends with the white, this is a simple, yet awesome, look.”

“I love the colors and subtlety of this leo.”

7T. Gymnastics Olympica | 8.95

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 2.0 1.8 1.8 1.6 1.8 9.0
Lauren S. 2.0 1.8 1.8 1.7 1.9 9.2
Mary 1.8 1.8 1.6 1.7 1.7 8.6
Thomas 1.8 2.0 1.7 1.7 1.7 8.9

“I just really love white leos.”

“I don’t really love white leos because they’re usually not done well but THIS is done well.”

10. Salcianu Elite | 8.9

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 2.0 2.0 1.8 1.7 1.9 9.4
Lauren S. 1.7 2.0 1.7 1.7 1.7 8.8
Mary 0.8 1.5 1.5 1.7 1.3 6.8
Thomas 1.8 1.7 1.8 1.9 1.8 9.0

“This is probably second to Morgan Hurd’s for me.”

“I’m not wild about this leotard, mostly because I feel like it is too close to her skin tone in color.”

11T. Arizona Sunrays | 8.8

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.7 2.0 1.5 1.8 1.8 8.8
Lauren S. 1.6 2.0 1.6 1.8 1.8 8.8
Mary 1.7 2.0 1.7 1.7 1.8 8.9
Thomas 1.0 1.3 1.0 1.5 1.3 6.1

“I’d LOVE this without the white. They could’ve more subtly faded to an ombré blue or something but the way it is now just isn’t my thing.”

“I think this leotard’s pretty, but athletic design suits Jade well!”

11T. Parkettes | 8.8

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.6 2.0 1.5 1.7 1.7 8.5
Lauren S. 1.7 2.0 1.7 1.8 1.7 8.9
Mary 1.7 2.0 1.7 1.6 1.7 8.7
Thomas 1.8 2.0 1.7 1.7 1.8 9.0

“Definitely one of Parkettes’ better leos over the years!”

“Simple, tropical colors, and great fabric. I love it!! Bright colors are a win!”

“I love the coral color!”

13. Capital | 8.75

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.6 2.0 1.6 1.8 1.8 8.8
Lauren S. 1.7 2.0 1.7 1.8 1.7 8.9
Mary 1.5 1.7 1.5 1.5 1.5 7.7
Thomas 1.6 1.9 1.7 1.7 1.8 8.7

“Why is everyone so hell-bent on going right to white? Another one where ombre to the lighter magenta on the top could’ve made this super perfect. Still, though, it’s up there.”

14. Flips | 8.65

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.8 1.8 1.8 1.8 1.8 9.0
Lauren S. 1.7 1.8 1.7 1.7 1.8 8.7
Mary 1.7 1.8 1.7 1.7 1.7 8.6
Thomas 1.5 1.9 1.6 1.8 1.6 8.4

“Elegant and solid.”

15T. Olympus | 8.45

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.7 1.8 1.6 1.6 1.7 8.4
Lauren S. 1.7 1.7 1.7 1.6 1.8 8.5
Mary 1.5 1.6 1.3 1.5 1.4 7.4
Thomas 1.8 1.7 1.8 1.7 1.8 8.8

“I love this leo the more and more I see of it. The light pink/orange is a beautiful color and the ash grey/silver goes perfectly with it. Reminds me of one of my favorite tennis outfits from Venus Williams with the color!”

15T. TIGAR | 8.45

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.6 1.8 1.6 1.6 1.7 8.3
Lauren S. 1.4 1.8 1.6 1.6 1.6 8.0
Mary 2.0 1.8 1.6 1.6 1.6 8.6
Thomas 1.7 1.7 1.7 1.8 1.7 8.6

“So glad to see someone finally went for a green leo. I love it! Bold, and well done, TIGAR!”

“At first I thought this was a tank leo and I was like YES, I LOVE this color…but then I saw the nude sleeves and didn’t love it as much. Agree that it’s about time we get some green! It’s such a great color and looks fab on so many kids.”

“I LOVE this color!”

17. Discover | 8.4

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.8 1.8 1.7 1.5 1.7 8.5
Lauren S. 1.7 2.0 1.8 1.8 1.8 9.1
Mary 1.6 1.7 1.7 1.6 1.7 8.3
Thomas 1.6 1.7 1.6 1.8 1.6 8.3

“Solid. Getting picky here but I wish the top neck part matched the darker blue. Otherwise, YES.”

18T. Gymcats | 8.35

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.5 1.8 1.4 1.6 1.7 8.0
Lauren S. 1.7 1.9 1.6 1.6 1.7 8.5
Mary 1.7 1.8 1.5 1.6 1.6 8.2
Thomas 1.7 1.8 1.8 1.9 1.8 9.0

“Interesting and unique design, so they get points for changing it up!”

18T. Paramount Elite (Hopes) | 8.35

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.5 1.8 1.5 1.8 1.7 8.3
Lauren S. 1.7 1.7 1.7 1.6 1.7 8.4
Mary 1.7 1.8 1.5 1.5 1.6 8.4
Thomas 1.7 1.9 1.7 1.8 1.6 8.7

“Not obsessed with that shade of red but this is another white leo that’s pretty well-done.”

18T. Leyva | 8.35

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.8 1.7 1.6 1.6 1.7 8.4
Lauren S. 1.7 1.7 1.8 1.7 1.8 8.7
Mary 1.6 1.7 1.7 1.6 1.7 8.3
Thomas 1.8 1.6 1.5 1.7 1.6 8.2

“Cute and athletic at the same time. Another solid option.”

21T. World Class | 8.3

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.7 1.8 1.6 1.8 1.8 8.7
Lauren S. 1.7 1.7 1.6 1.7 1.7 8.4
Mary 1.7 1.7 1.5 1.6 1.6 8.1
Thomas 1.6 1.6 1.7 1.7 1.6 8.2

“Very patriotic. I like it.”

“I like the sleeves and the style going on there. Wish the middle had more of that color and design to it.”

“Pretty close to one of the 2012 quad national team leos, which I loved!”

21T. Airborne (Hopes) | 8.3

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.5 1.8 1.4 1.5 1.6 7.8
Lauren S. 1.6 1.9 1.6 1.8 1.7 8.6
Mary 1.7 1.8 1.4 1.4 1.5 8.0
Thomas 1.7 2.0 1.7 1.6 1.7 8.7

“Another one that gets points for being unique and breaking the mold. Airborne loves their flowers!”

21T. Northeast Texas Elite | 8.3

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.6 1.8 1.5 1.5 1.7 8.1
Lauren S. 1.7 1.9 1.7 1.8 1.7 8.8
Mary 1.6 1.8 1.7 1.5 1.6 8.2
Thomas 1.6 1.8 1.6 1.7 1.7 8.4

“While I don’t love the neon on black look, I LOVE the pink to purple part of this leo…actually the only thing I don’t love is that black V section on the bodice. If it was a more solid color going from that dark purple up to the pink, I’d love it.”

21T. Legacy Elite | 8.3

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.5 1.8 1.5 1.5 1.6 7.9
Lauren S. 1.7 1.9 1.6 1.8 1.7 8.7
Mary 1.6 1.7 1.5 1.6 1.6 8.0
Thomas 1.8 1.9 1.5 1.7 1.7 8.6

“Cute and original, but I don’t like the pageant queen sash vibes.”

25T. Texas Dreams | 8.25

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.8 1.8 1.4 1.4 1.6 8.0
Lauren S. 1.5 1.8 1.6 1.5 1.7 8.1
Mary 1.7 1.8 1.7 1.5 1.7 8.4
Thomas 1.8 2.0 1.5 1.8 1.8 8.9

“This leo is absolutely amazing. As Texas Dreams always does, they bring the eye-popping color, lovely ombre designs, and the leo has a classic look with great fabric. My only wish is that the rainbow ombre dropped down below the belt of color. Oh and Gymcastic compared this to candy and how can one not adore a candy leo?! Enough said.”

“As soon as they walked into the arena I screamed RAINBOWS! I was sold. It’s that easy.”

“This is one of my favorite Texas Dreams leos, ever!”

25T. First in Flight | 8.25

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.8 1.8 1.5 1.5 1.7 8.3
Lauren S. 1.6 1.7 1.6 1.5 1.6 8.0
Mary 1.8 1.7 1.7 1.6 1.7 8.5
Thomas 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.7 1.7 8.2

“Sporty with a splash of sass.”

25T. Will-Moor | 8.25

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.6 1.8 1.6 1.6 1.7 8.3
Lauren S. 1.7 1.9 1.6 1.6 1.8 8.6
Mary 1.5 1.6 1.5 1.5 1.5 7.6
Thomas 1.8 1.7 1.5 1.5 1.7 8.2

“The seafoam, light blue, and cerulean colors work well together! Love the ocean theme.”

28. Prestige | 8.2

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.6 1.6 1.8 1.5 1.7 8.2
Lauren S. 1.6 1.8 1.7 1.5 1.6 8.2
Mary 1.5 1.7 1.6 1.5 1.6 7.9
Thomas 1.8 1.7 1.8 1.8 1.9 9.0

“I would never think to design a leo with fluorescent yellow/lime green, but she pulls it off!”

“Bold, neon, and flashy: I love it.”

“Personally not something I’d choose but this looked fantastic on Addison, and it really made her stand out.”

29. Metroplex (Hopes) | 8.15

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.6 1.8 1.6 1.5 1.6 8.1
Lauren S. 1.6 1.7 1.6 1.6 1.7 8.2
Mary 1.6 1.7 1.6 1.7 1.6 8.4
Thomas 1.4 1.7 1.3 1.4 1.5 7.3

“Really simple and pretty. Not a big standout leo but there isn’t much you can dislike about it.”

30T. 5280 Gymnastics | 8.1

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.7 1.8 1.2 1.4 1.8 7.9
Lauren S. 1.6 2.0 1.5 1.4 1.8 8.3
Mary 1.7 1.8 1.6 1.6 2.0 8.7
Thomas 1.6 1.7 1.2 1.3 1.5 7.3

“I don’t love the sleeves but the color looks great and Alyona gets extra points for dyeing her hair to match. I live to be that level of extra.”

“I LOVE this leotard on Alyona! I agree that she gets extra points for having her hair and leotard to match.”

30T. Head Over Heels/Metroplex (Seniors) | 8.1

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.3 1.8 1.2 1.4 1.5 7.2
Lauren S. 1.6 1.8 1.5 1.6 1.7 8.2
Mary 1.7 1.8 1.4 1.5 1.6 8.0
Thomas 1.7 1.8 1.8 1.7 1.8 8.8

“This leo has a bit of a quirky, unique look to it and I really like it! It once again has a tropical, candy vibe to it and the colors go together really well, as does the design.”

“I’m just really not into black leos that splash neons. Otherwise this is a solid 8.5.”

32T. Buckeye | 8.05

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.4 1.8 1.4 2.0 1.8 8.4
Lauren S. 1.5 2.0 1.5 1.2 1.5 7.7
Mary 1.5 1.9 1.6 2.0 1.8 8.8
Thomas 1.0 1.7 1.3 1.5 1.2 6.7

“I can’t believe I’m saying this… But too much bling.”

“Black and pink leos just aren’t my thing. I don’t like the design, the colors, nothing.”

“I actually love the bling and the overall look. The colors and design aren’t my thing but I love that overall it looks like staring into a swirly night sky and I loooove that.”

“I really like this leotard! I love simple designs with lots of sparkle!”

32T. Texas East | 8.05

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.6 1.8 1.7 1.5 1.6 8.2
Lauren S. 1.6 1.9 1.7 1.5 1.6 8.3
Mary 1.5 1.6 1.5 1.5 1.6 7.7
Thomas 1.7 1.8 1.5 1.4 1.5 7.9

“I love this sequence of ombre but think it goes too fast from the black to the purple. A more gradual look could’ve been awesome.”

34T. WOGA | 8.0

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.5 1.9 1.5 1.5 1.6 8.0
Lauren S. 1.6 1.8 1.4 1.6 1.6 8.0
Mary 1.6 1.8 1.5 1.6 1.7 8.2
Thomas 1.5 2.0 1.2 1.5 1.7 7.9

“This reminds me of a Marvel superhero kind of costume. I don’t hate it. And the girls rocked it.”

34T. JPAC | 8.0

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.5 1.8 1.4 1.5 1.7 7.9
Lauren S. 2.0 2.0 1.5 1.6 1.7 8.8
Mary 1.7 1.7 1.4 1.4 1.5 7.7
Thomas 1.5 1.8 1.6 1.5 1.7 8.1

“It’s kinda cool. I think they mostly did a great job with this one and I can’t pinpoint anything really bad about it…it’s just not a favorite.”

34T. Golden City | 8.0

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.6 1.8 1.5 1.4 1.6 7.9
Lauren S. 1.7 1.7 1.6 1.5 1.7 8.2
Mary 1.6 1.7 1.5 1.6 1.6 8.0
Thomas 1.6 1.6 1.5 1.7 1.6 8.0

“Cute and a good look on pretty much any kid who puts it on.”

37T. West Valley | 7.95

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.8 2.0 1.2 1.4 1.5 7.9
Lauren S. 1.6 1.8 1.5 1.5 1.6 8.0
Mary 1.4 1.7 1.2 1.2 1.4 6.9
Thomas 1.7 1.7 1.9 1.8 1.7 8.8

“Again, this is picky, but that random teal takes this from a super high score to a no for me.”

37T. Aftershock | 7.95

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.5 1.8 1.5 1.2 1.5 7.5
Lauren S. 1.7 1.8 1.6 1.4 1.7 8.2
Mary 1.6 1.8 1.5 1.5 1.6 8.0
Thomas 1.6 1.7 1.7 1.3 1.6 7.9

“The blend of fabric works really well but I think the rhinestone patterns make it a no for me. Love the sassy pose, though!”

39. Future | 7.9

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.5 1.7 1.3 1.3 1.8 7.6
Lauren S. 1.8 2.0 1.4 1.4 1.7 8.3
Mary 1.7 2.0 1.5 1.3 1.7 8.2
Thomas 1.7 2.0 1.2 1.2 1.5 7.6

“I LOVE this shade of blue! I’m not sure about the whole silver thing on the body, but nonetheless Shilese rocked this leo!”

“I’m not feeling this one, but Shilese looks amazing in it.”

40. Airborne (Juniors) | 7.85

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.7 1.6 1.7 1.5 1.6 8.1
Lauren S. 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.5 1.7 8.0
Mary 1.7 1.6 1.6 1.3 1.5 7.7
Thomas 1.4 1.6 1.0 1.2 1.0 6.2

“Totally reminds me of a Japanese National Team leo”

“They tried something new and it kind of worked.”

41. MG Elite | 7.75

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.7 1.2 1.4 1.6 1.5 7.4
Lauren S. 1.9 1.9 1.6 1.4 1.8 8.6
Mary 1.7 1.7 1.5 1.5 1.7 8.1
Thomas 1.2 1.5 1.0 1.3 1.5 6.5

“Someone told me that the bling on the stomach makes to look like a troll doll belly button ring… And now I can’t unsee that.”

“This leo really lacks any standout features. The colors are dull to me, the design in the middle is a bit bizarre, however I love the ombre on the sleeves and it worked for Riley!”

“I agree about the belly button bling! Otherwise I really like this leotard. It suites Riley so well!”

42T. Love | 7.65

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.5 1.6 1.3 1.5 1.5 7.4
Lauren S. 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.5 1.7 8.0
Mary 1.5 1.6 1.4 1.4 1.5 7.4
Thomas 1.5 1.5 1.7 1.7 1.5 7.9

“Just a little lacking.”

42T. Genie’s | 7.65

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.5 1.8 1.4 1.7 1.5 7.9
Lauren S. 1.6 1.8 1.6 1.6 1.7 8.3
Mary 1.3 1.6 1.4 1.6 1.5 7.4
Thomas 1.4 1.7 1.3 1.4 1.2 7.0

“I don’t love the color scheme…overall it’s a pretty solid look but color-wise it’s a bit too much of a contrast for my tastes.”

42T. Xtreme | 7.65

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.5 1.8 1.6 1.6 1.5 8.0
Lauren S. 1.5 1.7 1.6 1.6 1.7 8.1
Mary 1.4 1.4 1.6 1.4 1.5 7.3
Thomas 1.4 1.6 1.3 1.3 1.3 6.9

“Going from the plain bodice to the super busy sleeves makes this a no for me, but I love the sleeve design.”

45. Infiniti Elite | 7.6

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.5 1.6 1.4 1.5 1.5 7.5
Lauren S. 1.5 1.7 1.4 1.6 1.6 7.8
Mary 1.3 1.7 1.4 1.4 1.4 7.2
Thomas 1.7 1.8 1.3 1.5 1.4 7.7

“The other neon green highlighter leo worked because it was only a splash of the green/yellow but this is too much, I think.”

46T. GAGE 1 | 7.55

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.4 1.8 1.2 1.0 1.6 7.0
Lauren S. 1.5 1.6 1.5 1.4 1.6 7.6
Mary 1.6 1.8 1.5 1.5 1.6 8.0
Thomas 1.4 1.8 1.3 1.2 1.8 7.5

“Here for the hibiscus, tbt to my Nokia cell phone case from 2003, but that pattern just doesn’t work. Something more simple like the flowers just kind of floating down from top to bottom would’ve been nicer. And a different color for the flowers would’ve worked better as well, I think.”

46T. Everest | 7.55

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.5 1.7 1.2 1.5 1.5 7.4
Lauren S. 1.6 1.6 1.5 1.5 1.5 7.7
Mary 1.5 1.6 1.5 1.7 1.6 7.9
Thomas 1.5 1.8 1.0 1.6 1.2 7.1

“Just kinda meh.”

“Yeah, in an arena full of standouts, this one looks like a regional team J.O. leo. Not bad, but just not doing it for me.”

46. Georgia All Stars | 7.55

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.6 1.8 1.2 1.7 1.5 7.8
Lauren S. 1.7 1.7 1.6 1.6 1.7 8.3
Mary 1.5 1.5 1.3 1.5 1.5 7.3
Thomas 1.4 1.7 1.3 1.4 1.4 7.2

“Not one of GK’s better designs but I like that this gym went for colors beyond the norm!”

49T. World Champions Centre | 7.5

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.5 1.8 1.2 1.6 1.5 7.6
Lauren S. 1.3 2.0 1.4 1.6 1.6 7.9
Mary 1.5 1.4 1.0 1.8 1.2 6.9
Thomas 1.5 1.2 1.2 1.8 1.7 7.4

“This leotard is great- bold, fiery, and classy- but the cutoff at the arms really hurts this leo’s overall great appearance. However, the gold high collar is a big plus for me on the overall look!”

“I don’t love this leotard. I am not a fan of the high neck look (I think it makes the athletes look shorter), but otherwise I do like the design concept.”

49T. Stars | 7.5

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.4 1.8 1.5 1.2 1.5 7.4
Lauren S. 1.5 1.9 1.4 1.4 1.6 7.8
Mary 1.6 1.7 1.6 1.2 1.5 7.6
Thomas 1.4 1.6 1.2 1.3 1.2 6.7

“The bling pattern doesn’t work for me but I guess it would’ve been boring without it? Great sleeves, though.”

51T. San Mateo (Seniors) | 7.45

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.5 1.8 1.2 1.2 1.4 7.1
Lauren S. 1.6 1.8 1.6 1.4 1.7 8.1
Mary 1.8 1.8 1.5 1.2 1.5 7.8
Thomas 1.0 1.8 0.8 1.0 0.8 5.4

“Very athletic looking and adidas-y”

“This lacks the color to make up for a very non-gymnastics design.”

51T. Denton | 7.45

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.4 1.8 1.4 1.5 1.5 7.6
Lauren S. 1.6 1.6 1.4 1.4 1.5 7.5
Mary 1.3 1.6 1.2 1.4 1.3 6.8
Thomas 1.3 1.7 1.3 1.7 1.4 7.4

“No major complaints aside from just not loving the white. I wish we got more of the blue that they used because those sleeves look goooorgeous! The design just doesn’t work for me.”

51T. GAGE 2 | 7.45

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.4 1.6 1.6 1.4 1.5 7.5
Lauren S. 1.6 1.7 1.6 1.5 1.6 8.0
Mary 1.5 1.6 1.3 1.5 1.5 7.4
Thomas 1.0 1.5 1.3 1.7 1.5 7.0

“The tuxedo feel is kinda cool. I really like the ombre sleeves. This won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but something about it works for me.”

51T. Midwest 1 | 7.45

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 2.0 1.2 1.0 1.5 1.5 7.2
Lauren S. 1.9 1.6 1.3 1.3 1.6 7.7
Mary 2.0 1.7 1.1 1.7 1.4 7.9
Thomas 1.2 1.0 0.8 1.0 1.0 5.0

“Another leo that had so much potential with that Taylor Swift statement-making red lipstick vibe but then the design just completely went south.”

55T. Hill’s | 7.4

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.8 1.6 1.5 1.4 1.7 8.0
Lauren S. 1.5 1.5 1.4 1.3 1.6 7.3
Mary 1.4 1.8 1.2 1.6 1.5 7.5
Thomas 1.5 1.6 1.2 1.4 1.0 6.7

“Just kinda boring…”

“I think she looks regal in it and love the color on her and everyone else who wore it…but overall it’s lacking.”

55T. Hopes & Dreams | 7.4

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.3 1.8 1.2 1.8 1.6 7.7
Lauren S. 1.5 1.7 1.2 1.7 1.4 7.5
Mary 1.4 1.6 1.1 1.6 1.3 7.0
Thomas 1.4 1.6 1.3 1.6 1.4 7.3

“This is half WIN and half WHAT. It looks like a combination of two different leos with very different designs.”

“The design of the arms and fabric is too much for me.”

57. Precision (Hopes) | 7.35

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.5 1.8 1.2 1.2 1.5 7.2
Lauren S. 1.7 1.7 1.6 1.6 1.8 8.4
Mary 1.5 1.7 1.2 1.3 1.4 7.1
Thomas 1.6 1.7 1.3 1.4 1.5 7.5

“A little overboard with that diamond thing on the chest, and then too simple elsewhere. The colors work, though.”

58T. Brestyan’s | 7.3

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.8 1.2 1.3 1.2 1.5 7.0
Lauren S. 1.6 1.6 1.5 1.4 1.6 7.7
Mary 1.6 1.6 1.5 1.2 1.6 7.5
Thomas 1.7 1.5 1.3 1.4 1.2 7.1

“I really like the idea/look of lace sleeves, but not a fan of how it looks like an overlay on the body”

“This could’ve been such a sporty and cool look but the lace bodice ruins it for me.”

58T. Capital | 7.3

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.5 1.7 1.3 1.2 1.5 7.2
Lauren S. 1.6 1.6 1.5 1.6 1.7 8.0
Mary 1.5 1.6 1.3 1.3 1.4 7.1
Thomas 1.7 1.5 1.4 1.3 1.5 7.4

“A little too Barbie for my tastes! It actually looks almost exactly like the leo my Barbie wore.”

“A little too Barbie is a great way to describe it! It is age-appropriate, but I just don’t love it.”

60. Precision (Juniors) | 7.2

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.8 1.5 1.4 1.6 1.6 7.9
Lauren S. 1.6 1.6 1.2 1.5 1.6 7.5
Mary 1.5 1.6 1.1 1.2 1.3 6.7
Thomas 1.7 1.3 1.2 1.4 1.3 6.9

“I like that this has a sporty vibe but still looks a little girly and fun.”

61. Twin City Twisters | 6.95

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.2 1.8 1.0 1.0 1.4 6.4
Lauren S. 1.5 2.0 1.5 1.4 1.6 8.0
Mary 1.5 1.8 1.2 1.2 1.5 7.2
Thomas 1.5 2.0 1.0 1.2 1.0 6.7

“If the rhinestones were teal or clear, I’d be all over this leo. Just not a fan of the pink.”

“Agree about the rhinestones, and I also don’t love leos with Little Mermaid shell bra vibes.”

62. Naydenov | 6.45

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.3 1.3 1.1 1.0 1.2 5.9
Lauren S. 1.5 1.4 1.2 0.2 1.2 5.5
Mary 1.5 1.8 1.2 1.2 1.3 7.0
Thomas 1.3 2.0 1.8 1.8 1.6 8.5

“Nope. Just no.”

“This leo left my very confused at first sight but it’s a very subtle, yet bold design and it all blends together very well. White was the perfect color for this design and I love the fabric, geometrical shapes, and the high collar once again!”

“This is the ‘80s wedding dress of leos.”

“Still not feeling the high neck. I do appreciate the effort do be bold and different.”

63. Midwest 2 | 5.7

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.6 1.2 1.0 1.5 1.4 6.7
Lauren S. 1.2 1.0 0.8 1.0 1.0 5.0
Mary 1.4 1.0 1.0 1.5 1.2 6.1
Thomas 1.3 1.0 1.0 1.2 0.8 5.3

“Take away the velvet band thing and ombre it up a bit from the lighter top to the darker bottom but as-is, it looks like someone took the bottom of an old training leo and sewed it to the top of a competition leo…and then added the band to cover up the stitches.”

“I have to say, though, it REALLY looks great with her coloring. Minor tweaks and this would be a win.”

64. GAGE 3 | 5.55

Judge Color Fabric Design Bling The Look Total
Lauren H. 1.0 1.4 1.0 1.0 1.2 5.6
Lauren S. 1.3 1.6 1.3 1.0 1.4 6.6
Mary 1.0 1.0 1.3 1.2 1.0 5.5
Thomas 1.2 0.8 0.5 1.0 0.5 4.0

“The pink color and the designs in the middle are lovely. But then the nude mesh circling the entire leo happened and this leo went wayyyyy down.”

“This is so GAGE and sometimes I’m like YES, DO IT with their out-there designs but this is not one of those times. They also didn’t take into consideration the fact that girls with different skin tones would be wearing this, and the nude doesn’t really go well if you don’t match that shade exactly.”

“It’s too much nude, and a little too ‘out there’ for me.”

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25 thoughts on “The 2018 U.S. Classic Leo Panel

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  2. Great series – just maybe keep an eye out for your own NCAA-Carol-Judging 😉 You barely gave anyone under a 1, so you might as well rate on a scale from 1-10…
    Don’t mean to be a party pooper, though. Thanks for manning the power to rate all the leos 😀

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    • We try to keep it closer to real-life E scores…if we did too much under a 1, most of the scores would be under a 5, which doesn’t make sense for gym scoring. Only EXTREME dislikes go under a 1!

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  3. I *hate* “nude” mesh for exactly the reason mentioned here – it hardly ever really matches the person… and sometimes it looks good on TV but not in person, and sometimes better in person and not quite right on TV… and shows up different in photos also… and girls with different skin tones shouldn’t feel like they need to match a certain version of “nude”… there is so much colored mesh that has looked really really good in recent designs… why mess with the weird flesh tones concept at all. Blech.

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  4. Looking at this panel makes me realize I really dislike current trends in leos. Without designing your own, it would be hard to find anything decent. I like the ones that are off-trend. I’d love to see someone just come out with NO bling.

    The TD leos come closest to not relying on bling for the bulk of the design. That said, KZB, please let these women grow up!! It’s a cute design for Hope’s, maybe Jrs. But kinda childish for an 18 year old (not unlike the choreography)

    The Airborne Jrs leo looks like a poor rendition of TD’s poor rendition of Groshkova’s beautiful sash of roses leo she rocked back in 89.

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  5. I was very surprised to see Brestyn’s(‘s?) so low, if I had to pick a favorite I think that would be mine!

    I also loved World Class, Texas Dreams, and Head Over Heels (I love neon on black!)

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  8. I can only express a word of thanks! Nothing else. Because your topic is nice, you can add knowledge. Thank you very much for sharing this information.

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