First Lady Michelle Obama was swept off her feet, not by President Obama, but by U.S. wrestler Elena Pirozhkova, when the two met on Friday, as Mrs. O met with athletes at the Olympics to give them a team boost. Pirozhkova, a native of Russia who moved to the U.S. when she was three, asked Michelle Obama, “Can I pick you up?”
“Even before she made the rounds I thought I can’t just hug her like everybody else,” she said. “I think she was nervous. I went slow. I just picked her up. I wanted to ask her permission. There was security all around. And she gave it. I will only meet her once. I wanted to do something different.” Source
Elena Pirozhkova stands at 5-feett-5 and competes in the 63 kilogram (approximately 138 lbs) category. The picture was captured and tweeted by fellow wrestler Clarissa Chun. I guess Michelle Obama will always remember Elena Pirozhkova, the woman who swept her off her feet. LOL.