Photo Gallery: Olympic Visitors at the White House Through the Years
Click here to see the photo gallery.   Last week, as President and Mrs. Obama welcomed the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams to the White House , we were all reminded of the incredible talents and amazing journeys that these athletes shared with us, and how our summers were even more thrilling as we watched them on the world stage. It has long been a tradition for the President and First Lady to invite the Olympic teams to the White House, and as President and Mrs. Obama exclaimed last week, they, too, were fans just like the rest of us. The holdings of the Presidential Libraries of the National Archives offer a special look at Olympic memories of years past, and I hope you enjoy reliving not only the recent excitement of the London games, but also recall some wonderful memories from previous years. This summer’s Olympics made household names out of a whole new group of dynamic athletes. Among them, of course, is the talented women’s gymnastics team. However, before the “Fab Five,” another U.S. Olympic gymnastics team captured the team gold medal, the hearts of the American public, and the attention of the First Family. President William J. Clinton, First Lady Hillary, and daughter Chelsea met with six members of the “Magnificent Seven” at the White House following the 1996 games. The William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum still holds pieces of Olympic history, including three Olympic torches—two from the 1996 games and one from the 1996 Paralympics, both held in Atlanta. William Jefferson Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton with six members of the 1996 United States Summer Olympics Women's Gymnastics team. The athletes L-R, Amy Chow, Dominique Dawes, Dominique Moceanu, Kerri Strug, Amanda Borden, Jaycie Phelps, August 7, 1996. (Photo Credit: Presidential Libraries of the U.S. National Archives)   read more
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