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Phelps, Douglas nominated for Time’s “Person of the Year”

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Michael Phelps, Gabby Douglas, and Great Britain 10000m gold medalist Mo Farah have all landed on the short-list for Time’s “Person of the Year.”

The Olympians join a group made up mostly of political figures (no surprises there) that includes reelected President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, and Knicks sensation turned Rockets afterthought, Jeremy Lin.

Phelps and Douglas are also nominees for Sports Illustrated’s “Sportsman of the Year,” which they have a much better shot at winning since Time has never honored an athlete with its annual award, but somehow saw fit to gift Adolf Hitler with the title in 1938, then honored Joseph Stalin the very next year.

SI’s award will be announced on Dec. 5 and Time’s will be awarded Dec. 14. Until then, bated breath.

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: