Dressage Olympian Steffen Peters Visits the White House

Steffen Peters sent us this image with Michael Phelps from the White House lawn. Peters was one of the 2008 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams that competed in Beijing, China in August and September came together visiting Washington, D.C. for the traditional White House visit on October 7.

The White House visit, included more than 500 U.S. athletes, begab at 9:40 a.m. on the South Lawn. The President has been an ardent supporter of the 2008 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams having hosted a send-off celebration at the White House prior to the Games in addition to meeting with the U.S. Olympic Team prior to Opening Ceremonies on August 8 and watching many of them compete. An official White House delegation also traveled to Beijing for the 2008 Paralympic Games and met with members of the U.S. Paralympic Team.

Steffen Peters returned to the Olympics for the second time in 2008, riding Ravel, and finished fourth individually. The dressage rider won a team bronze medal at the 1996 Games. An alternate for the 2004 Games, Peters has since won a team bronze medal at the 2006 World Equestrian Games and an individual bronze at the 2007 World Cup in Las Vegas.

See the video and more photos of the Olympian visit to the White House - Check out Steffen standing right behind the President Bush.