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OBAMA AND THE GYMNASTS
First you're getting a gold medal. Then you're on the phone with the president of the United States.
What a 24 hours.
President Barack Obama spoke to the American gymnasts after they won the gold Tuesday night. He spoke to each of them Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber, McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross and Gabby Douglas.
According to the White House, this is what the president said:
To Raisman: "Michelle and 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 Maroney: "Way to nail that vault. It was unbelievable."
To Ross, whom he called "really steady": "I was impressed by how cool you were. I don't know how you do what you do, especially the balance beam."
To Douglas: "You just tore it up. I know how hard you worked to get there." And, then: "Keep at it. Stay cool."
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(This version corrects spelling of Raisman; this recurring file takes readers around the 2012 Olympics and its host city with journalists from The Associated Press. This story is part of AP's general news and sports services.)