London 2012 Gymnastics: Barack Obama congratulates United States gymnastics team on win

Updated: 01 August 2012 22:43 IST

President Barack Obama congratulated the five members of the U.S. women's gymnastics team on Wednesday on their Olympic victory, and he had some questions about just how they managed to pull off their gold medal performances.

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President Barack Obama congratulated the five members of the U.S. women's gymnastics team on Wednesday on their Olympic victory, and he had some questions about just how they managed to pull off their gold medal performances.

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"I told these young ladies as I was congratulating them, how do you not bust your head every time you're on that little balance beam?" Obama said. "I couldn't walk across that balance beam."

Obama telephoned the gymnastics team from Air Force One as he traveled from Washington to Ohio for campaign events.

The president has also been watching some Olympic swimming. He congratulated American swimmer Michael Phelps on becoming the most decorated Olympic athlete ever by winning his 19th medal, a gold, in a men's relay on Tuesday.

Campaigning in a political battleground state, Obama singled out Olympians from Ohio. And he said the "wonderful thing about the Olympics is that it reminds us that for all our differences, when it comes down to our country, we are Americans first."

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