Michelle Obama, US First Lady, would lead the country’s delegation to the Olympics in London next month, the White House said.
“First Lady Michelle Obama will lead the delegation this summer, accompanied by Olympic and Paralympic greats to attend the Opening Ceremony, meet with US athletes, and encourage American children to be active in their daily lives,” the White House said.
“This summer I’ll be cheering on Team USA at the Olympic Games in London with this distinguished group of champions who truly represent the best of our country,” said the First Lady in a statement yesterday.
“Olympians and Paralympians are true American heroes and role models for all of us, especially our young people. And I know that this delegation will help inspire a generation of young people to get into the Olympic spirit by getting active and healthy so they can reach their fullest potential and reach their dreams,” she said.
Other members of the delegation are Brandi Chastain, two-time Olympic gold medalist (1996, 2004), 1-time Olympic silver medalist (2000), Women’s Soccer; Dominique Dawes, Co-chair of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition and Olympic gold medalist (1996), 3-time Olympic bronze medalist (1992, 1996, 2000), Women’s Gymnastics; and Gabriel Diaz de Leon, Paralympic javelin gold medalist (1992), Paralympic discus silver medalist (1992), Paralympic shot put and discus bronze medalist (1988, 1996, 2000).
Grant Hill, Member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition and Olympic gold medalist (1996), Men’s Basketball; Summer Sanders, 2-time Olympic gold medalist (1992), 1-time Olympic silver medalist (1992), 1-time Olympic bronze medalist (1992), Women’s Swimming are also members of the delegation.
The White House 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.
In May, the First Lady joined US Olympians, Paralympians, and London hopefuls to announce a nationwide commitment to get more than 1.7 million American children active as part of her ’Let’s Move!’ initiative to solve the problem of childhood obesity in a generation.
In March, Michelle welcomed Samantha Cameron, wife of British Prime Minister David Cameron, to the United States by hosting a mini-Olympic event for local school children and in April, Michelle spoke at the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Warrior Games, the White House said.