UConn National Champs Visit White House

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    Stephanie Dolson had a bit of trouble staying on the risers during a ceremony to honor the UConn Huskies at the White House on Monday. (Published Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014)

    It was double the celebration at the White House for the University of Connecticut.

    President Barack Obama welcomed the school's men's and women's basketball teams Monday for an event marking their NCAA championships. It's only the second time a school has won both titles in the same year.

    President Praises UConn Men

    [HAR] President Praises UConn Men
    President Obama said he was impressed with UConn's national title run in March and April, despite not picking them in his bracket. (Published Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014)

    The only other time that happened? 2004, when UConn also earned both titles.

    Obama joked that while he's trying to cut duplicative programs, UConn might be carrying things too far.

    Obama Congratulates UConn Women

    [HAR] Obama Congratulates UConn Women
    President Obama praised the UConn women's basketball team for their 9th national championship during a ceremony at the White House on Monday. He also promised Stefanie Dolson he would take her up on her dance-off challenge. (Published Monday, Jun 9, 2014)

    The president said that while he picked the long-dominant women's team to win in his NCAA tournament bracket, he didn't pick the underdog men's team. But he joked that "neither did anybody else."

    The UConn visit wasn't without incident.

    Former UConn center Stefanie Dolson, who joked around at last year's ceremony by making rabbit ears behind President Obama, became the center of attention on Monday when she lost her balance and fell off the riser during the ceremony.

    Embarrassed, Dolson briefly hid behind the riser before curtsying and stepping back up to take her spot.