Obama hosts Olympians and Paralympians at White House

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US president Barack Obama and first lady Michelle officially welcomed the 2014 US Olympic and Paralympic teams to the east room of the White house this week.

After Vancouver 2010 and London 2012 it was the third time Obama has hosted the TeamUSA to congratulate the athletes on their performance.

Obama said: “These athletes all send a message that resonates far beyond the Olympic Village. And that’s always been the power of the Olympics – in going for the gold and pushing yourselves to be the best, you inspire the rest of us to try to, if not be the best, at least be a little better.’‘

The American Olympians and Paralympians brought home a total of 46 medals from Sochi.

Matt Antoine contributed with bronze in the skeleton.

He said: “It was fantastic coming home. We had a lot of people who were really excited to see us. The reception was great. Going to go to my home town and see how excited everyone was there, I got to relive the moment of medaling again in Sochi.”

The United States sent its largest-ever contingent to this year’s Winter Games.

Some 230 athletes participated in the Olympics while 74 competed in the Paralympics.