President Obama to Honor Team USA Olympians at the White House

After representing the USA at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, members of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams will travel to Washington, D.C. on Thursday, September 29th. The team members will be honored for their participation and success by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on the White House South Lawn.

In the Olympic swimming medal table, the USA finished with a dominant 1st place, picking up 33 total medals, including 16 gold. That gave them a lead by over 20, as Australia had the 2nd highest total with 10 medals.

Individuals contributing to the USA’s 16 golds were Katie Ledecky (3), Michael Phelps (2), Ryan Murphy (2), Simone Manuel (1), Lilly King (1), Anthony Ervin (1), and Maya DiRado (1). The USA also brought in relay gold in the men’s 400 free (men), 400 medley (men and women), and 800 free (men and women) relays.

The U.S. Paralympic team finished 4th in the swimming medal table, bringing in 14 golds in the process. Individual gold medalists include Bradley Snyder (3), Rebecca Meyers (3), McKenzie Coan (3), Michelle Konkoly (2), Elizabeth Marks (1), Roy Perkins (1), and Jessica Long (1).

Notably, the swimmers will be without 4 of their Olympic gold medalists who were involved in the gas station incident in Rio. The USOC and USA Swimming’s official punishment for Jack CongerGunnar BentzRyan Lochte, and Jimmy Feigen includes sitting out of the white house visit.

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