August 1st, 2012
12:47 PM ET
(CNN)–Like millions of people around the world, President Obama is avidly following the Olympic Games in London.
Mixing politics and sports in the battleground state of Ohio on Wednesday, the president told supporters at a campaign rally in Mansfield to "give it up for all our outstanding American athletes" competing in the international games.
The president told the crowd he had just spoken to the U.S. Women's Gymnastic team which won a gold medal Tuesday night. It was the first team gold medal for U.S. women gymnasts since 1996.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the president spoke by phone from Air Force One to all five members of the team.
Carney said the president told Aly Raisman that "of all Olympians, you guys amaze us most."
He congratulated Jordyn Wieber saying, "I'm so impressed with how you bounced back and led the team."
Mr. Obama told McKayla Maroney "way to nail that vault."
To Gabby Douglas, the president said, "You just tore it up. I know how hard you worked to get there."
Finally Obama told Kyla Ross how he noticed her steadiness, saying "I was impressed by how cool you were. I don't know how you do what do especially the balance beam."
It was the balance beam that seemingly impressed the athletic president most. He confided at the campaign rally in Ohio that gymnastics sometimes baffles him.
"How do you not bust your head every time you're on that little balance beam?" Mr. Obama said he asked the so-called "fab five" members of the gymnastics team.
Earlier Obama tweeted his congratulations to all-time Olympic medal winner U.S swimmer Michael Phelps.