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12 Times Team USA Met The President

Feb. 16, 2015, 2:15 a.m. (ET)

From torch relays to medal ceremonies, post-Games White House celebrations and beyond, Team USA athletes have had the honor of interacting with several U.S. presidents. In honor of Presidents Day, we're taking a look back at 12 occasions Team USA athletes have met the president, dating back to 1996.

1) President Bill Clinton at the Atlanta 1996 Games(L-R) First Lady Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Olympic champions Sheila Taormina, Jenny Thompson, Trina Jackson, Christina Teuscher and President Bill Clinton pose together after the U.S. women won the gold in the 4x200-meter freestyle at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games on July 25, 1996 in Atlanta. 

2) Team USA visits President Clinton at the White House in '96President Bill Clinton holds up a gift from U.S. Olympians during a ceremony held for medalists after the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games at the White House in Washington on Aug. 14, 1996. 

3) Team USA visits President George W. Bush in '06

U.S. Paralympic alpine skiing silver medalist Chris Devlin-Young (R) greets First Lady Laura Bush after presenting President George W. Bush (C) with an Olympic torch during a photo opportunity at the White House May 17, 2006 in Washington.

4) President Bush helps send off the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team 

President George W. Bush is presented with a jersey by softball player Jennie Finch as he hosts the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team at the Rose Garden of the White House July 21, 2008 in Washington.

5) President Bush attends 2008 Opening CeremonyPresident George W. Bush greets basketball players Jason Kidd (C), Michael Redd (2nd L) and Chris Paul (R) prior to the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on Aug. 8, 2008 in Beijing.

6) President Bush congratulates Larsen Jensen in Beijing

President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush congratulate Larsen Jensen at the National Aquatics Center during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on Aug. 10, 2008 in Beijing. 

7) President Bush hosts the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic teams

President George W. Bush speaks to the 2008 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams on the South Lawn of the White House on Oct. 7, 2008, in Washington.

8) President Barack Obama supports Chicago 2016 bid

President Barack Obama (R) fences with First Lady Michelle Obama (L) as Olympian Jackie Joyner Kersee and Paralympian April Holmes watch on during an event to support the Chicago 2016 bid on Sept. 16, 2009 in Washington.

9) President Obama cheers on the U.S. Women's Basketball TeamPresident Barack Obama poses with the U.S. Women's National Basketball Team after its victory over Brazil at the Verizon Center on July 16, 2012 in Washington. 

10) President Obama speaks to the 2012 teams after LondonVice President Joe Biden (L), President Barack Obama (C), First Lady Michelle Obama (R) and others participate in an event with members of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams at the White House Sept. 14, 2012 in Washington.

11) President Obama and McKayla Maroney are not impressed

President Barack Obama jokingly mimics U.S. Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney's 'not impressed' expression while greeting members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team in the Oval Office on Nov. 15, 2012 at the White House in Washington.

12) President Obama greets the 2014 teams after Sochi
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama accept autographed U.S. Olympic flags from Paralympian Jon Lujan (L) and Olympian Julie Chu during an event in the East Room of the White House April 3, 2014 in Washington.

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Chris Devlin-Young

Alpine Skiing
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Jennie Finch

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Jason Kidd

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Larsen Jensen

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McKayla Maroney

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Jon Lujan

Alpine Skiing
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Julie Chu