One of my favorite aspects of the Region 5 Championships is checking out all of the new and old leotards from the competing teams. Each year I run around like a chicken with my head cut off getting pictures of all the fun, unique, stylish and fantastic leotards to put together the Annual Top 10 Favorite Region 5 Leotard List! However, this year was different we did not have Region 5 Championships, I did not get to run around like a chicken with my head cut off taking pictures. Instead I had teams submit their leo photos to me or I took photos off of social media, it just was not the same, but I was determined to still put together the Annual Leo List. We are all experiencing a crazy time in history right now, meets & training may be over or halted, but the Leo List will always prevail!
This will be the 7th year for the list (which is crazy!) and I have to say to all the coaches out there in Region 5, GREAT JOB! you are making this decision INCREDIBLY hard year after year! I absolutely LOVE IT!
So, the moment everyone has been waiting for………..Drum Roll Please!….Here are my Top 5 Favorite Region 5 Leotards of 2020
5. Five Star (OH) 1st yr
This is such a fun leo! I first noticed it last year, but Five Star did not have any level 10s competing at Regionals, so I was very excited to see that they would of had a level 10 competing this year because I really wanted to put this leo on the list. The design is like an explosion and reminds me of a leo that Ohio State has that I like as well!. Definitely different and a standout on the competition floor.
4. Gym X-Treme (OH) 4th yr
This is Gym X-Tremes 4th year on our list and they never disappoint. This leo is actually their second leo of the season. Amy Voorheis explained to me that their first leos had some issues and these were their 2nd attempt, definitely a great choice! I have always loved Gym X-tremes color combination, sometimes it can be hard to work with yellow, but this leo has just the right amount of yellow and white to really make the purple pop and a black body with jewels is always a classic look.
3. Hartland (MI) 1st yr
This is Hartland 1st year on the list, they have had some nice leos in the past, even making the Level 9 list one year. However, when I saw this leo I was instantly in love with it! The design is so elegant and classic! It reminds me of a beautiful dress, I could definitely see this being a high fashion wedding dress design. Give me a black leo covered in jewels with a high neckline and keyhole back any day of the week and I am happy! What is even more special about this leo is that at Hartland ONLY the Level 10s have this particular design, the rest of the team has a different leo. The idea came about because Bria, on the right, is a 2020 Senior & Lane, on the left is a 2021 Senior, so something just a bit special for these athletes who will soon be graduating and are both Level 10s.
2. Future Gymnastics (OH) 1st yr
This is also Futures first year on our list, in the past they have had red, white & blue leos, however when I saw this leo on social media it was an instant favorite. I actually first saw it on Shilese Jones, who is an Elite at Future, I really was hoping that this was going to be the leo 2019-2020 for the rest of the team because it is spectacular! Black and Jewels is definitely a theme right now and I love the jewel pattern on the front, the keyhole back of course and the name of the gym across the back in the red and white jewels. This is another leo that looks great on everyone on the team and really stands out on the competition floor.
1. Jaycie Phelps Athletic Center (JPAC) 4th yr
This is JPACs 4th year on the list and 2nd year in the number 1 spot! This leo is so many things!!! When Jaycie was doing there traditional leo reveal on social media I knew this was going to be their leo as soon as I saw it as an option! This leo STANDS OUT and just screams….LOOK AT ME!!! Pictures DO NOT do it justice at all! Seeing it in person is incredible! I love the JPAC on the sleeve cuff! My favorite part of course is the keyhole back!!! but I do like the slight v-neck also, it is not do much V which is good! not like those leos from the 90s that everyone was always yanking on to keep up! This again is a leo that looks good on every team member from diapers to double layouts.
I hope everyone has enjoyed looking at the Top 10 Region 5 Favorite Leotards of 2020! If you missed numbers 10-6 you can still check them out by clicking this Link