Obama to Long Beach Gold Medalist McKayla Maroney: It Was Unbelievable


Long Beach native McKayla Maroney and her US women’s gymnastics team teammates Aly Reisman, Jordyn Wieber, Kyla Ross, and Gabby Douglas were still celebrating their group gold medal finish—Team USA’s first in the sport since 1996—when they received a congratulatory call from President Obama today. According to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, Obama spoke with each of the gymnasts one by one, and told McKayla, “Way to nail that vault. It was unbelievable.” We agree.

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