First Lady will be joined by Olympians Grant Hill, Brandi Chastain, Dominique Dawes, Summer Sanders, and Gabriel Diaz de Leon to cheer on Team USA and inspire kids to participate in the Let's Move! campaign...
Ahead of “Olympic Day,” a global commemoration of the birth of the modern Olympic Games on June 23rd, President Obama on Friday announced that First Lady Michelle Obama will lead the Presidential Delegation to the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. She'll be accompanied by the US Ambassador to the United Kingdom and five US medalists, including Phoenix Suns legend/Men's Basketball gold medalist Grant Hill and Brandi Chastain, two-time gold medalist in Women's Soccer. (Above: Mrs. Obama at the Team USA Media Summit in May, speaking to Olympic hopefuls)
Women's gymnastics gold medalist Dominique Dawes, two-time women's swimming gold medalist Summer Sanders, Paralympic javelin gold medalist Gabriel Diaz de Leon, and Ambassador Louis B. Susman have also been tapped to be part of Team Obama.
“This summer I’ll be cheering on Team U.S.A. at the Olympic Games in London with this distinguished group of champions who truly represent the best of our country,” Mrs. Obama said. “Olympians and Paralympians are true American heroes and role models for all of us, especially our young people."
The Presidential Delegation will attend the Opening Ceremony on July 27, meet with members of Team USA, and use the visit to promote Mrs. Obama's Let's Move! campaign, encouraging children to get more healthy and active.
"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," Mrs. Obama said.
Summer sports for kids: In May, Mrs. Obama joined Olympics officials in announcing free summer sports programs for children, offered by the United States Olympic Committee, U.S. Paralympics, the U.S. Olympians Association, and the USOC National Governing Bodies for Sport. The program, which includes a wide variety of sports, will be available to more than 1.7 million children in communities across the US, according to the White House. To find local fitness opportunities, visit www.ahealthieramerica.org/olympics and type in your zip code.
Mrs. Obama first announced her Olympics trip in March, joined by Mrs. Samantha Cameron, wife of British Prime Minister David Cameron. They hosted a Mini Olympics in Washington, DC, as part of the Camerons' State Visit. In May, the First Lady traveled to Colorado for the Opening Ceremony for The Warrior Games, which are co-sponsored by the USOC. (Above: Mrs. Obama speaks at the Mini Olympics; Mrs. Cameron is at left in pink, beside Olympian Lisa Leslie)
Members of the Delegation
First Lady Michelle Obama
The Honorable Louis B. Susman, United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Ms. Brandi Chastain, 2-time Olympic gold medalist (1996, 2004), 1-time Olympic silver medalist (2000), Women’s Soccer
Ms. 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
Mr. Gabriel Diaz de Leon, Paralympic javelin gold medalist (1992), Paralympic discus silver medalist (1992), Paralympic shot put and discus bronze medalist (1988, 1996, 2000)
Mr. Grant Hill, Member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition and Olympic gold medalist (1996), Men’s Basketball
Ms. Summer Sanders, 2-time Olympic gold medalist (1992), 1-time Olympic silver medalist (1992), 1-time Olympic bronze medalist (1992), Women’s Swimming
*Top photo by Sonya N. Hebert/White House; second by Eddie Gehman Kohan/Obama Foodorama