President Obama welcomed about 600 Olympians and Paralympians from Team USA to the White House on Thursday. He delivered a speech praising their accomplishments ("Not to brag, but 46 golds") and recognizing their inclusiveness, saying, "We've become something more than just the sum of our parts. We've become Americans, together."
He added that this diversity is "what makes us strong."
He also shared his belief that "2016 belonged to America's women Olympians," mentioning that Team USA sent more women to this year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro than any country in history. "As the father of two young women, for them to have that example of health and drive and competition and persistence and strength, it makes me really proud," he shared.
Speaking of Team USA's incredible female athletes, the Final Five took over the White House Instagram during yesterday's visit. One of the most memorable snaps they shared involved the president trying his best at a split. He fared pretty well considering, as First Lady Michelle Obama pointed out, "he can't touch his toes."
Gymnast Simone Biles also presented President Obama with a surfboard as a gift from all the athletes, explaining that surfing will be an official Olympic sport at the 2020 Tokyo games. "I'm going to have a lot of time to surf next year," Obama joked.
The president shared further pride in Team USA on Twitter, writing that "no matter what, with perseverance, we can do incredible things."
(H/T: ABC News)