London, Olympics 2012: President Barrack Obama Congratulates Team USA Gymnasts
Aug 01, 2012 04:34 PM EDT
On Wednesday, the gymnasts of Team USA received a call from President Barrack Obama who congratulated the five women for bagging the gold medal at the 2012 London Summer Olympics.
"I told these young ladies, as I was congratulating them: 'How do you not bust your head every time you're on that little balance beam? I couldn't walk across that balance beam... I have to tell you, when I'm watching-when people run track, you know, I understand. I know how to run, they're just much faster. And I know how to swim, they just swim much better than I do," the president told a group of supporters in a campaign rally in Ohio, as reported by Yahoo News, he added "And we could not be prouder of them and everything they're doing on our behalf," (yahoonews.com).
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The president spoke to each player, applauding them on their individual strengths and quirks. Here's what the president said to each player (yahoonews.com):
To Douglas: "You just tore it up. I know how hard you worked to get there...Keep at it. Stay cool."
To Maroney: "Way to nail that vault. It was unbelievable."
To Reisman: "Michelle and I have watched and decided of all the Olympians you guys amaze us the most."
To Wieber: "I'm so impressed by how you bounced back and led the team. Tell your parents I'm proud of them, too. I don't think I could watch if I were them."
To Ross: "You were really steady...impressed by how cool you were. I don't know how you do what you do-especially the balance beam."
On Tuesday, the US Gymnast team won the Gold medal at the London games; it was the first Gold win for the nation in that department since 1996, 16-years! The "fab five" as they have come to be called is made of 17-year-old Jordyn Wieber, 16-year-old Gabrielle 'Gabby' Douglas, 18-year-old Alexandra 'Aly' Raisman, 16-year-old McKayla Maroney, and 15-year-old Kyla Ross.
Tuesday's win is just the beginning. From August 5 till August 7, the girls will participate in various individual events. Gabby will compete in uneven bar finals, and also balance beam finals along with team-mate Aly; McKayla will be in the vault finals, Jordyn and Aly will be in floor exercise finals.