Gabby Douglas: President Obama Tells Her ‘Keep at it, Stay Cool’

Gabby Douglas
The wonderful Gabby Douglas

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.”