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London Olympic Stadium may not reopen until 2016

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The beautiful Olympic Stadium that just hosted a near perfect Olympics and Paralympics may not enjoy another event from now until late-2016.

The stadium was set to open as the centerpiece of the newly dubbed Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as early as next year (though more likely in 2014), but negotiations regarding who will fund the roughly $285 million in renovations has stalled the process.

English Premier League football team West Ham United is still considered the front-runner to sign a 99-year lease with the stadium next month.

UK Athletics chair Ed Warner is frothing at the mouth over the renovation and now says he thinks London Mayor Boris Johnson, who also heads the London Legacy Development Corporation, is putting his reputation and political future at risk if he doesn’t get the stadium open sooner.

“This is fast becoming a Stratford farce,” Warner, who will oversee the 2017 world track championships set to be held at Olympic Stadium, told the London Independent. “West Ham have been phenomenally patient over the last few months. I would urge those making the decision to please get on and do it. Get it open.”

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

Twitter: @TeamUSA
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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: