- US Olympic and Paralympic teams celebrated by President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony
- President Barack Obama spoke to the athletes about their record-breaking run in Rio in the East House
- Gymnast Simone Biles and Paralympic soccer player Josh Brunais were on the stage at the event
- Obama attempted to do the splits with gold medal-winning Biles and her gymnast teammates
- Controversial swimmer Ryan Lochte along with teammates Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and James Feigen were banned from the ceremony
President Barack Obama has welcomed the US Olympic and Paralympic teams to the White House to celebrate their record-breaking run in Rio – but controversial swimmer Ryan Lochte was banned from making the trip.
Hundreds of Olympic athletes clad in red Nike track jackets squeezed into the East Room of the White House as rainy weather forced the reception indoors.
‘I was going to do a floor routine on the way out with Simone, but we decided it was a little too crowded,’ Obama joked at the start of his remarks, referring to gold medal-winning gymnast Simone Biles.
President Barack Obama attempts to do the splits with the gold medal winning Women’s Gymnastics Team during a visit to the White House on Thursday
First Lady Michelle Obama rests her elbow on Simone Biles’ head during President Obama’s speech at the White House on Thursday
‘And you can’t touch your toes,’ joked first lady Michelle Obama, who stood with the president at the podium, along with Biles, Vice President Joe Biden and Paralympic soccer player Josh Brunais.
President Obama praised Team USA for winning 46 gold medals and for making the United States the first country in 40 years to top the medal chart in every category.
Obama welcomed the US Olympic and Paralympic teams to the White House to celebrate their record-breaking run in Rio
Guess where we are? Laurie Hernandez, Simone Biles, Madison Kocian and Aly Raisman pose up in the White House
Stretch it out: Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez, Simone Biles and Madison Kocian play up for the cameras during their recent visit to the White House
Dance: Laurie Hernandez gives her best performance for official White House photographer Pete Souza while other members of the US gymnastic’s team look on
President Obama stands on stage with Paralympic soccer player Josh Brunais during the event in the East Room of the White House
Vice President Joe Biden listens as President Barack Obama delivers remarks to members of the 2016 United States Summer Olympic and Paralympic Teams
Simone Biles (pictured with Michelle Obama) and other Olympic athletes were celebrated for their incredible performance at the White House on Thursday
President Obama punches the air during his speech at the White House on Thursday, as paralympian Josh Brunais and Vice President Joe Biden watch on
The two African-American athletes were sent home from the 1968 Olympic Games for their raised-fist protest on the medals podium.
‘Their powerful silent protest in the 1968 Games was controversial, but it woke folks up and created greater opportunity for those that followed,’ Obama said.
Michelle Obama tweeted this picture of President Obama with the gold medal winning gymnastics team, along with the caption: ‘He is a perfect 10 in our book’
Olympic legend John Carlos (pictured) was also at the ceremony on Thursday, and stood up to greet President Obama
Barack Obama leans down to hug Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House
President Barack Obama with Vice President Joe Biden and Paralympic closing ceremony flag bearer and Army veteran Josh Brunais
The President shares a laugh on stage with the First Lady, Simone Biles, and Josh Brunais at the White House
Gold medal winning gymnasts Aly Raisman (right) and Laurie Hernandez (left) talk to fellow Olympians before the start of a ceremony in the East Room of the White House
Members of the 2016 United States Summer Olympic and Paralympic Teams sit on the carpet in the East Room of the White House
The actions of Smith and Carlos have garnered more attention in recent weeks as African-American National Football League and college players have faced a backlash for protesting racial injustice during games.
Obama attributed part of the success of the US Olympic team to its diversity.
‘That’s one of the most extraordinary things about our Olympic team,’ he said. ‘There’s no kid in America who can’t look at our Olympic team and see themselves somewhere.’
Swimming star Katie Ledecky looks at the camera ahead of the White House ceremony to celebrate the US’ performance in Rio
All smiles: Katie Ledecky (left) showed off her medals at the White House while paralympic champion shot putter Emily Frederick was also on hand to support student aid
Members of the US Olympic team crowd the East Room of the White House and hold up their smartphones to take pictures of President Obama
Memorable day: Paralympians Elizabeth Smith, Brad Snyder and his faithful seeing-eye dog Gizzy all enjoyed their day with President Obama, Michelle Obama and Joe Biden, (right)
Iconic Olympian Tommie Smith speaks with two 2016 Olympians at the White House on Thursday
Ryan Boyle, a cyclist on the US Paralympic team, holds up his medal up in the air on Thursday
President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House during a ceremony where he honored members of the 2016 United States Summer Olympic and Paralympic Teams
After his remarks, Biles and Brunais presented Obama with two surf boards signed by Olympians to commemorate the addition of surfing to the 2020 summer Olympics.
Lochte was noticeably absent from the event, and instead spent his time shooting a commercial for a new sponsor.
Lochte, who was ditched by a number of his major corporate backers after his scandal in Rio, was in Los Angeles working with Pine Bros. cough drops, TMZ reports.
Runner Allyson Felix, BMX rider Connor Fields, swimmer Katie Ledecky, Paralympic Swimmer and Navy veteran Brad Snyder, and Paralympic wheelchair racer Tatyana McFadden (left-to-right) speak to reporters outside the White House
Members of US Paralympics team arrive to be greeted by President Barack Obama at the White House
The Olympics teams gathered in the White House on Thursday (pictured), but swimmer Ryan Lochte was not in attendance
Barack Obama, Michelle Obama and Simone Biles pose for a picture on stage during the President’s speech on Thursday in the East Room
Champion gymnast Simone Biles chats to other member of the US Olympic team at the White House on Thursday
Lochte (pictured on Dancing With the Stars) was reportedly banned from the event by the USOC
The website had earlier reported Lochte, along with teammates Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and James Feigen, were all banned by the US Olympic Committee from attending the ceremony because of their actions in Rio.
Lochte was caught out sensationally lying about being robbed at gunpoint after a night out with his three teammates at the Games.
In reality, he and three fellow swimmers spent the early hours of Sunday morning vandalizing a gas station and urinating on the walls outside.
Lochte was fined $100,000 and hit with a ten-month ban for the incident.