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Monday, July 23, 2012

First Lady Michelle Obama Heads Presidential Delegation of the 2012 Olympic Games

In a conference call to the media members this afternoon (where she began by remembering the victims of the Aurora, Colorado movie massacre), First Lady Michelle Obama laid out the plans for her visit as head of the Presidential Delegation to the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games.


**UPDATE**  See pictures of the First Lady in London.

"I am beyond proud to lead the Olympic delegation.  It's a dream come true", she exclaimed. 
The first lady recounted watching the Olympics when she was growing up saying she "watched and cheered" for the US athletes.
As head of the Olympic Delegation Mrs. Obama will get to meet first hand with 2012 US Olympic teams and athletes.  She will also visit the U.S. Olympic Training Facility at University of East London.

"Being an Olympian is about pushing yourself, and believing in yourself, and refusing to give up", Mrs. Obama said.

The First Lady is working to turn the inspiration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games into action by getting more kids healthy and active as part of her Let’s Move! initiative both here and abroad during the Olympics.

In May of this year, the First Lady joined U.S. Olympians, Paralympians and London hopefuls to announce a nationwide commitment to get more than 1.7 million American children active this year in support of Let’s Move!.
Suffice it say, that goal to turn the Olympic spirit into action has been realized. 
While taking her Let’s Move! message abroad, A Let's Move! event is being planned at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence for roughly 1,000 American and British students and children, many military.  The event will include sports stations, performances and chances for the kids to meet Olympic and Paralympic legends including the members of the U.S. delegation.
While the FLOTUS may be taking her exercise fun regime of  push ups and jumping jacks abroad, back at home, a July 28th Olympic Fun Day is being planned for kids, their parents and friends where they can participate in exercise activities with like- minded individuals in their neighborhoods.
Said Mrs. Obama, "We're calling on families around the country to join us by participating in “Olympics-inspired” Meetups in your towns or neighborhoods."  To join go to www.meetup.com/lets-move.

The visit to London will further strengthen the existing ties between the US and Britain.   In 2008 President Obama attended meetings of the G-20 Summit, and in 2011 the Obamas visited with UK leaders and visited with the Queen of England.

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