President Biden welcomes U.S. Olympians to the White House

Olympic bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor, Olympic speed skater Brittany Bowe, President Joe Biden and Olympic curler John Shuster pose for a photo with Team USA. (Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)

President Joe Biden hosted the U.S. teams from the two most recent Olympics on Wednesday, honoring the athletes from the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing and from the delayed 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo.

“You represent the very soul of America, and that’s not hyperbole,” Biden told the athletes during their visit to the White House.

Olympic bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor also spoke at the event, addressing the contentious climate the Olympians endured to compete.

“As a team, Olympians, Paralympians, summer athletes, winter athletes, we’ve been through a lot,” she said. “We came together, and we persevered, and we hope we’ve made this country proud.”

Jill Biden took her first solo overseas trip as First Lady to Tokyo to attend the Summer Games in 2021. Team USA left Japan with 113 medals, the most of any nation competing.

The United States brought home 25 medals from the 2022 Beijing Winter Games, including eight golds.