The White House said Wednesday that President Barack Obama talked on the phone with the gold-medal winning U.S. gymnastics team. Obama spoke to Gabby Douglas, the all-around standout who has trained in Iowa, as well as Jordyn Wieber, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Kyla Ross.
“You just tore it up,” Obama told the 16-year-old Douglas. “I know how hard you worked to get there.”
He added: “Keep at it. Stay cool.”
He said to Raisman, “Michelle (Obama) and have watched and decided of all the Olympians you guys amaze us the most.”
To Maroney: “Way to nail that vault. It was unbelievable.”
To Ross: He remarked how she was “really steady. … I was impressed by how cool you were. I don’t know how you do what you do especially the balance beam.”
And to Wieber, who faltered during qualifying but came back strong on Tuesday, he said: “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.”