Douglas, Wieber enjoy celebrity sparkle after gold

They’ve been on a whirlwind tour since the Olympics – from

”Late Night With David Letterman” to the Empire State Building

and the New York Stock Exchange – but gold-medal gymnasts Gabby

Douglas and Jordyn Wieber have one more stop to make before they

can truly take a breath: the White House.

President Barack Obama made the invitation in a phone call.

”We’ll definitely take him up on it,” Douglas said.

The girls say they are trying to get the most out of this

post-London euphoria. Long days of interviews, autographs and photo

ops haven’t left them jaded. ”Were enjoying every step of the

way,” said Wieber, who with Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross

and Aly Raisman gave the United States its first Olympic team title

in women’s gymnastics since 1996.

Douglas also won the women’s all-around individual gymnastics


They insist they’re not tired or homesick, despite going weeks

before making their way home late this week. Wieber says she has

jammed pretty much everything she owns into four suitcases,

including her own pillow, and hasn’t looked back.

”We’ve been having so much fun the past few days,” agreed

Douglas, who has Tweeted photos of herself meeting Nicki Minaj,

Karmin and Nick Cannon, and also has savored online congratulations

from Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift. She shared a couch with first

lady Michelle Obama on ”Tonight” with Jay Leno.

She is still waiting for her invitation to appear on ”The

Vampire Diaries,” hands-down her favorite TV show. Wieber? She’d

like a little gig on ”Teen Wolf.”

Douglas and Wieber are still girls, and they acknowledge not

being fully prepared for all the attention and publicity they’ve

received over the past few weeks. Douglas is 16, and Wieber 17.

”I don’t think anyone expected this. … I didn’t expect

this,” said Wieber, of DeWitt, Mich.

Instead of making back-to-school plans for the fall, they’re

gearing up for the 40-city Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics


”Not many 17-year-old girls get to do this, so I don’t feel

like were missing much,” Wieber said.

Douglas, who lives and is home schooled in Des Moines, Iowa, to

be near her coaches most of the time, would just like to have time

to do a little light gymnastics training in the interim before the

tour – and maybe try a CrossFit conditioning workout that

emphasizes endurance and cardio. ”We all want to stay in shape,”

she said.

On Thursday, they were doing their latest round with journalists

at Manhattan’s swanky Surrey Hotel off Madison Avenue. There were

publicists, makeup artists, photographers and family members all

over the penthouse suite as Douglas and Wieber talked up the

products they use as P&G Beauty spokeswomen. (Pantene Pro-V

shampoo and conditioner for Douglas; Olay facial cleansing wipes

for Wieber.)

During the Olympics, they did their own hair and makeup for all

the competitions – and those millions of photos. As a team,

sometimes they’d critique themselves, Douglas said, deciding the

next day to lighten up on the eyeliner or wear more blush. But they

didn’t pay much attention to any critics of their appearance even

as Douglas’ slicked back half pony-tail became the talk of the


Douglas, who on Thursday wore her hair loose and flowy, said

while she loved the transformation the pros give to their look,

she, Wieber and their teammates decided they sort of like it better

when they do it themselves.

”Sometimes,” Douglas said, ”it just looks a little bit more

like us.”