Michelle Obama to rep U.S.A. at 2012 London Olympics

    First Lady Michelle Obama will lead the presidential delegation at the 2012 London Olympics.

    Michelle will represent the her hubby President Barack Obama and his administration as U.S. athletes march their way onto the field of competition for the Olympics.

    She announced her visit to the games today during a press call.

    "I am beyond proud to be leading the U.S. delegation to the Opening Ceremony of this year’s Olympic Games," said Michelle, who added that she’ll be spending some time with everyone involved in support Team USA. "During my visit, in addition to cheering for Team USA, I’m going to have the chance to meet with our Olympic athletes and the folks who work in our embassy in London as well."

    Set to arrive in London on Thursday, Michelle will be joined by several Olympic and Paralympic greats, including Dominique Dawes, Grant Hill and Summer Sanders. The first lady will be capitalizing on her visit by hosting a few events for her Let’s Move! Campaign.

    "I decided that I wanted to turn that Olympic spirit and inspiration into action by using these games as a way to get more kids up and moving," Michelle explained. "That’s why I challenged the U.S. Olympic Committee and 10 of its governing bodies to commit to helping 1 million kids get active in their communities this year.

    She noted that her partners went above and beyond the call of duty by pledging that an additional 700,000 participants will be getting involved in Olympic and Paralympic activities stateside. That’s 1.7 million people in total.

    On top of that, July 28 has been declared Let’s Move Olympic Fun Day and kids can get in on the action by playing any sport, but specifically "this involves sports like soccer, tennis, swimming and gymnastics."

    During her visit to London, Michelle will also pay a visit to the U.S. Olympic Training Facility located that University of East London. The first lady will also drop by the U.S. Ambassador’s residence .



    —Sonya Eskridge




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