Olympic athletes to visit White House

Updated: April 13, 2010, 11:25 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- America's Olympic athletes are preparing for another honor -- a visit to the White House.

Members of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams will be the guests next week of President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.

The White House says the Obamas will congratulate the athletes on their performance at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games and thank them for representing the country. The United States won 37 Olympic medals and 13 Paralympic medals. The 37 medals, which included nine gold, were a record total for the Winter Games.

The Obamas also plan to promote the first lady's "Let's Move!" campaign aimed at childhood obesity.

The White House gathering is set for April 21 with details to come.


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