US Olympic beach volleyball duo April Ross and Alix Klineman were congratulated by Mr. T after winning the gold medal in Tokyo.
Ross and Klineman, who have been named “Team A” at this Olympics, brought their Class A match into Friday’s final with a comfortable consecutive set win over Australian pair Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy.
The win helped the United States win its first women’s beach volleyball gold medal since London 2012, after losing to Brazil in the event in the Rio Olympics.
It was a victory cheered by a member of the original A group TV series, with Mr. T took to Twitter to express his support for the couple.
Before the final, he tweeted: “Hey idiot! Don’t bother me now, I’m ready to watch Team A!
“No, not the TV show… Grrr! I’m talking about Alix Klineman and April Ross winning the Gold Medal in Beach Volleyball. Go USA Go!”
Mr. T, who played BA Baracus in the classic NBC series and also appeared alongside Sylvester Stallone in Stone III, was one of the first to congratulate the beach volleyball couple after they won consecutive sets.
He wrote: “Wow! You guys did it. Congratulations! April Ross and Alix Klineman, you deserve a gold medal! You brought your “A” game to Team A! USA All the Way, you guys have made us proud!”
Ross and Klineman won sets 21-15 and 21-16 in 43 minutes in sweltering conditions.
Their victory was particularly poignant for Ross, who claimed his first Olympic gold medal at his third attempt, after winning silver at the London Olympics and bronze in Rio.
Not only did the pair live up to the “A Team” moniker, losing just one set in seven games to bring the United States back to the top of the sport.
Mr T spoke out in support of the duo after learning their nicknames ahead of the semi-final against Switzerland.
“When I heard them call you ‘Team A’ I had to cheer you on!” he explained in a tweet. “I’m sorry for the competition… Grrrr! (We love when one plan comes together) Go USA go!!!”
Ross and Klineman are also well aware of his support, quickly thanking Mr T for his support on social media.
Ross responded to a tweet with a message that read: “Ahhhhhh [emoji] Thank you for your blessings @MrT! #ATeam,” along with a fist emoji.
Klineman also responded to a tweet, writing “What!!!!!” along with a smiley face emoji with starry eyes.
weekly news Contacted Mr T for further comment.