-- Despite the awe-inspiring athleticism of the members of Team USA, which often makes them appear otherworldly, there is one person who can turn some of our Olympic heroes into regular gushing fans: President Barack Obama.
After a morning White House tour, members of Team USA were greeted by President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden. Obama honored the Team USA attendees, giving shout-outs to many, including Simone Biles, Simone Manuel, Claressa Shields, Kristin Armstrong, Kim Rhode, Allyson Felix and, of course, Katie Ledecky.
"I was nervous she was going to ask me to hold all of her medals while I was speaking," Obama joked, referring to when Ledecky had baseball star Bryce Harper hold her medals before tossing the first pitch at a Washington Nationals game.
Athletes who had the chance to meet Obama freaked out accordingly.
Laurie Hernandez tweeted a picture featuring the Final Five (sans Gabby Douglas, who is recovering from wisdom teeth removal), the Obamas and the Bidens. Awaiting confirmation regarding whether this tops meeting Zac Efron.
Simone Manuel was in tears, appropriately.
Paralympic cyclist Jamie Whitmore received a hug from the first lady.
And synchronized swimmer Mariya Koroleva somehow got the president to do a "synchro arm" -- something we all would like to see.
Seriously, Mariya, if you have a picture of Obama doing a synchro arm, forward that ASAP.
Sean Hurd is a digital media associate at ESPN. Follow him at @seanahurd