President Obama Congratulates Gabby Douglas & Women’s Gymnastics Team On Gold Medal Win [PHOTOS]
Gabby Douglas and the women of the U.S. gymnastics team are on cloud nine right now. They won gold medals during the conclusion of the team finals at the Olympics in London, Tuesday (July 31), and were congratulated by none other than President Obama.
According a tweet sent out by Douglas, the POTUS phoned the ladies. “Just talked to the President of the United States!!! WOW such and honor and a amazing feeling!!#thankyou,” she wrote Wednesday (Aug. 1).
Tuesday’s win was huge feat since it’s been over 10 years since the U.S. women’s team known as the Magnificent Seven, took first place during the 1996 Atlanta Games. “We knew that we could do it because we did it at worlds, but you just never know,” said McKayla Maroney, of the teams win in London. “Now I can’t believe I have an Olympic gold medal hanging around my neck. It’s really unbelievable.”
Douglas, 16, is a native of Virginia Beach, Va., and began formally taking gymnastics lessons at the age of 6. She and her teammates are among many teens who took home medals during the London games, including 17-year-old Lia Neal who nabbed a bronze medal alongside her teammates in the 4×100 meter relay race.
Aside from getting a call from the president, Douglas can also add magazine cover girl to her list of accomplishments, as she is featured on TIME Magazine’s Summer Olympics Special issue.
Click below to see photos of the cover, and the rest of the team.
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