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Rau’shee Warren set for pro debut… finally

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The third time was certainly not the charm for Team USA flyweight boxer Rau’shee Warren.

But after dropping his first fight in Athens, Beijing… and again in London, the only 25-year-old man proud to wear the same shoe size as his mother is set to make his pro debut Friday night outside Palm Springs, Calif. against Puerto Rico’s Luis Rivera.

“I just want to get started,” Warren told the AP. “It’s been a long time coming, and I’ve got goals I want to reach. It’s grind time now.”

Warren will make his debut along with London teammates Terrell Gausha, Marcus Browne, Errol Spence Jr., and Dominic Breazeale at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino as part of a special event headlined by Beijing Olympian Gary Russell Jr. The five new pros were part of the worst American showing in Olympics history and the first to produce zero medals.

Warren, a Cincinnati native who appeared in a U.S. boxing record three Olympics, is arguably more famous for his shoe collection and Twitter account than his boxing prowess, but doesn’t seem overly concerned with past results. Instead, he seems to be looking forward to his future career.

“I feel like I’m not in a hurry,” Warren concluded. “I’ve got time to accomplish my goals. I just want to get out to a good start. I’ve been getting ready for this for a long time.”

You can catch Warren and the rest of the USA Boxing crew Friday night on Showtime Boxing.

President Obama to female Olympians: ‘Y’all crushed it’ (video)

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President Barack Obama hosted the 2016 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams at the White House on Thursday.

Obama opened his speech by saying that he had planned on doing a floor routine with Simone Biles, before ultimately deciding that the room was too crowded. First Lady Michelle Obama interjected to remind the crowd that her husband “can’t touch his toes.”

The President then singled out the athletic accomplishments of Olympians including Biles, Michelle Carter, Simone Manuel, Claressa Shields, Kristin Armstrong, Kim Rhode, Allyson Felix, Brianna Rollins, Nia Ali, Kristi Castlin, Katie Ledecky, Michael Phelps and the men’s and women’s basketball teams.

He also recognized: Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first American to compete in the Olympics wearing a hijab, Sam Kendricks, the U.S. Army reservist who put down his pole and stood at attention when the national anthem started playing, Will Claye, who proposed to U.S. hurdler Queen Harrison after winning an Olympic silver medal, and Abbey D’Agostino, who helped an opponent to her feet after a crash.

“That is exactly what the Olympic spirit and the American spirit should be all about,” Obama said about the sportsmanship of D’Agostino.

The President was particularly enthusiastic about the performance of the female athletes.

“2016 belonged to America’s women Olympians,” Obama said. “Y’all crushed it.”

Watch Obama’s full speech here.

After Obama’s speech, Biles presented him with a surfboard autographed by the Olympians in attendance.

“I’m going to have a lot of time to surf next year,” Obama said.

MORE: Photos of Team USA at the White House

Photos: Team USA at the White House

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted the 2016 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams at the White House on Thursday.

Below are some of the best photos of Team USA from inside the White House: