GIF: Olympic champion Helen Maroulis lifts Teddy Roosevelt after presidents race win

Teddy Roosevelt CameraHelen Maroulis Teddy Roosevelt Nats presidents raceNats racing president Teddy Roosevelt spent the day on the National Mall Thursday, helping the National Park Service celebrate its 100th anniversary.

The same night at Nationals Park, the Park Service returned the favor by having park rangers on hand to helping Roosevelt take in the sights during the 4th inning presidents race.

Teddy snapped photos with his giant camera, then distracted his fellow presidents with the pictures so that he could break toward the finish line.

Teddy stole the win, but Olympic gold medal wrestler Helen Maroulis stole the show. The Rockville native had been holding the presidents race finish line, and won over the crowd by picking up the giant racing president in celebration after the race.

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Nats racing presidents try Olympic-style synchronized diving, and it’s not pretty

Nationals racing presidents Olympic Synchronized Diving raceNationals racing presidents Olympic Synchronized DivingThe Nationals racing presidents continued their series-long tribute to the Rio summer Olympics on Friday night at Nationals Park, and if you didn’t think it Nats Olympic Synchronized Presidents Race Divingwas possible to take the silliness to another level, here’s your evidence to the contrary.

Wearing what could best be described as giant shower caps, the presidents paired off for a synchronized diving competition along the first base line, then stood on platforms and jumped two-at-a-time into kiddie pools about the size of their heads.

Washington and Jefferson attempted a “half twist and a tuck” according to Nats PA announcer Jerome Hruska, and received all eights from the judges in front of section 134.

Roosevelt and Taft then attempted a face-first dive with “a high degree of difficulty” into the pools, and received all nines.

In a questionable finish, Hoover and Lincoln attempted “a reverse dive with a full twist and tuck.” Hoover didn’t even complete the dive, but the judges gave them all tens.

Video: Nats Racing president Teddy Roosevelt disqualified as Olympic tributes continue

Presidents race equestrian Olympics TeddyPresidents race equestrian Olympics DQPresidents race volleyball olympicsThe Washington Nationals racing presidents continued their tribute to the Rio Olympics Tuesday night at Nationals Park, this time with an equestrian event that featured the ten-foot tall presidents jumping over obstacles while running with stick horses between their legs.

The task proved to difficult for lanky Abe Lincoln, who fell down early, but Teddy Roosevelt surged ahead of the pack, and appeared headed to an easy victory.

However, the Bull Moose knocked over the hurdle and was promptly disqualified by the Olympic judge.

Teddy had reason to object at the inconsistent judging, since he had been more aggressive in breaking the rules in the previous race.

On Sunday the presidents race had begun as normal, but was interrupted for an Olympic volleyball game along the first base line. The presidents exchanged a few volleys, and the team of George, Tom, and Herbie were leading, but Teddy broke away after two points to take the tape, and was awarded the win.

Video: Coolidge returns, Teddy teams with Lincoln and Taft as Nats racing presidents run Olympic triathlon relay

The Nationals racing presidents’ tribute to the Rio Olympics continued Saturday night with an unlikely triathlon relay that teamed Teddy Roosevelt with longtime rivals Abraham Lincoln and William Howard Taft.

Nationals Racing Presidents race triathlon swimmingNationals Racing Presidents race Olympic triathlonVisiting president Herbert Hoover is in Iowa for the Herbert Hoover Hometown Days, and so the 2015 visiting president Calvin Coolidge made a return appearance to join Washington and Jefferson on the opposing team.

Coolidge looked rusty in his first appearance of the year, but he still beat William Howard Taft in the swimming leg, as Taft attempted to backstroke.

In the ensuing bicycle leg of the triathlon, The Great Emancipator Abe Lincoln smoked the father of our country, thereby handing over an easy victory to Roosevelt, who ran anchor for the team.

Finish line video below.

NOTE: I can no longer show the race as called on television — at least not within the United States and Canada — thanks to a claim by MLB Advanced Media that it violates their copyright to the ball game.

Racing president Thomas Jefferson wins triple jump to open Nats’ Olympics week homestand

Get ready for a Washington Nationals homestand filled with Olympics-themed shenanigans.

Nationals racing presidents Olympic MarchThomas Jefferson Olympic Triple JumpThe Washington Nationals opened a homestand Friday night at Nationals Park, coinciding with the opening ceremonies of the 31st Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro.

As they did in 2008 and again in 2012, the racing presidents are devoting an entire homestand to an Olympic-style series of competitions.

Friday’s “opening ceremonies” began with flag bearer George Washington leading the presidents in an Olympic march, followed by the first event — the triple jump, a rather uneventful competition in which Thomas Jefferson set the best mark early, and his competitors fell short.

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Video: Presidential Steeplechase concludes week of Olympic-themed races

Nationals racing presidents steeplechase OlympicsNationals racing presidents Thomas JeffersonNationals racing presidents Olympics steeplechase TeddyThe Nationals racing presidents pushed the envelope once again as they wrapped up an Olympic-themed homestand at Nationals Park.

After taking on race walkingfencingrhythmic gymnasticstrack, swimming, and sailing, the Nats had turned to Twitter looking for suggestions for the final event.  Fan suggestions leaned toward the unlikely, such as shooting, rowing, handball, trampoline, and badminton; but nobody anticipated what happened on Sunday — the racing presidents turned equestrian with a Steeplechase that incorporated racing, hurdles, and water.

Of course, in the actual Olympics, the point is to jump over the water on horses, but on Sunday the presidents jumped into kiddie pools scattered around the warning track.

Unfortunately, Teddy Roosevelt took his time and seemed more interested in splashing around than in winning. As Jefferson raced ahead to victory, Roosevelt splashed in the pool, and failed to cross the finish line.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Racing presidents take on Olympic sailing via Segways fitted with sails

Nationals Racing Presidents Olympic Sailing SegwaysThe Nationals racing presidents once again stretched beyond the boundaries of track & field as their week of Olympic tributes continued at Nationals Park.

After taking on swimming on Friday, the mascot team stayed in the virtual water Saturday with their own unique take on an Olympic sailing regatta.

George, Tom, Abe and Teddy entered the field aboard Segway personal transporters, each of which was fitted with a sail.

Alas, the wind was no help to Teddy Roosevelt, who brought up the rear for loss #497.

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