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Obama honors American Olympians at the White House

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Barack Obama honored the United States Olympic athletes at the White House on Thursday for their performance and medals at the recent 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil.

The President of USA welcomed the American Olympians after their record-breaking results in Brazil.

The US team had 121 medals—47 gold, 37 silver and 38 bronze—and ranked first among all countries. The Americans had the most total medals and gold medals and dominated the other nations with China and Great Britain just having around 70 total medals.

Obama had his usual jokes in speeches but emphasized on the American women’s success in Rio.

“I was going to do a floor routine on the way out with Simone, but we decided it was a little too crowded,” Obama said via AOL.com. “2016 belonged to America’s women Olympians. Our women alone won more gold than most countries did.”

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The American women took home 61 medals, more than Russia (56), Germany (42) and France (42), which ranked fourth to sixth in the total medal tally.

The US women athletes also won 27 gold medals, matching Great Britain’s output and one more than China (26) and better than Russia, Germany and France’s total gold medals.

Obama also welcomed former Olympians Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who were sent home in the 1968 Olympics for their protest then.

“Their powerful silent protest in the 1968 Games was controversial, but it woke folks up and created greater opportunity for those that followed,” Obama added in the article.

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Athletes using their sport to protest social issues have taken the headlines lately with the “silent protest” of the likes of Colin Kaepernick from the San Francisco 49ers leading the way in the National Football League (NFL).

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