The White House announced today that President Barack Obama was able to watch the U.S. women’s gymnastics team win gold in the team event competition. Obama called some of the gold medal-winning gymnasts to congratulate them on their performance. The team won a gold medal for the first time since 1996’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ and just the second time ever. Gabby Douglas received a phone call from the president and she immediately took to Twitter with excitement:
White House spokesman Jay Carney told the press it was, “astounding what they are capable of doing and the pressure they are under.” The U.S. Women’s gymnastics team has been dubbed the ‘Fab Five’, a reference to Michigan’s collection of marquee basketball recruits in the early 90s. Douglas is poised to be the breakout star with all eyes on her for the individual all-around competition on Thursday.