London - 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 on Tuesday night. He spoke to each of them - Aly Reisman, Jordyn Wieber, McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross and Gabby Douglas.
According to the White House, this is what the president said:
- To Reisman: "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."