WASHINGTON (WUSA) - USA Track & Field Olympic sprinters, Carmelita Jeter and Justin Gatlin, visited the Smithsonian's National Zoo on Thursday to meet the Zoo's two cheetah cubs named after the two earlier this spring.
The cheetah cubs have been named for the fastest male and female American sprinters from the 100-meter race in the London 2012 Olympics. Gatlin won the bronze medal in the men's 100-meter sprint with a time of 9.79 seconds, and Jeter won the silver in the women's 100-meter sprint with a time of 10.78 seconds this past summer.
The U.S. Olympic athletes signed autographs, took pictures with fans, and gave the two cheetah cubs nicknames, "Lita the Cheetah," and "Gat the Cat." These nicknames are the actual nicknames of the two athletes.
Jeter and Gatlin will meet the President at the White House on Friday.