Blue Valley-raised Olympian Leanne Wong starts business venture

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Elite-level gymnast and Blue Valley alum Leanne Wong has taken on a retail venture: making and selling bows like the ones she wears in competitions, including most visibly at the Olympics.

In between practicing gymnastics and studying on the pre-med track at the University of Florida, Wong is banking on her athletic following with new Leanne Wong Bowtique.

The business — made possible by the NCAA’s new Name, Image and Likeness, or NIL, rules that allow student-athletes to profit off their own likeness and name — stemmed from fashion skills Wong said she picked up from her days at Blue Valley High.

Leanne Wong
Between training for the 2024 Olympics in Paris and studying to become a doctor, gymnast Leanne Wong is selling her signature bows. Photo via Leanne Wong Instagram page.

Wong’s background in fashion goes back to her Blue Valley days

  • In an interview with On3.com, Wong said she enrolled in two fashion-focused elective courses during her time at Blue Valley High.
  • In one of those classes, Wong undertook a project designing her own outfit and physically creating one part of the outfit.
  • This was when she made her first bow, a light pink one that she began wearing to each gymnastics practice.
  • Today, her bows have gained a solid following, and she has sold more than 10,000 of them.

Wong now sells bows and gymnast attire

  • The bows come in a range of colors and sizes, each with Wong’s bedazzled initials.
  • The Leanne Wong Bowtique’s individual bows generally range from $15 to $25, and they come in a variety of solid colors, patterns and themes, such as floral and Fourth of July-themed bows.
  • In addition to bows, Wong also designs and sells signature leotards.

Wong is an elite-level gymnast

  • Wong earned the gold medal for the United States at the 2022 World Gymnastics Championships.
  • She intends to compete in the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics and previously served as a 2021 Olympic alternate in Tokyo.
  • Outside of gymnastics, Wong is studying to become a medical doctor and will graduate from the University of Florida in 2025.

Go deeper: Read more about Wong’s bow line and gymnastics background here.

About the author

Lucie Krisman
Lucie Krisman

Hi! I’m Lucie Krisman, and I cover local business for the Johnson County Post.

I’m a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, but have been living in Kansas since I moved here to attend KU, where I earned my degree in journalism. Prior to joining the Post, I did work for The Pitch, the Eudora Times, the North Dakota Newspaper Association and KTUL in Tulsa.