With the London Olympics beginning later this month, international sports are on everyone's mind. This week, though, the spotlight shines on 20 young Americans who are in Moscow for an exciting two-week swimming exchange program. During their time in Russia's capital, the swimmers will mix intensive athletic training with city tours and cultural immersion programs -- all alongside their Russian peers.
This exchange is just the latest in a series of sports programs that fall under the Bilateral Presidential Commission. We welcomed Russian swimmers to the United States in 2010. We have also run programs with basketball, ice hockey, and volleyball players. In fact, a group of Russian beach volleyball players are currently in training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in southern California.
Programs like these help cement the connections between Americans and Russians. Lap by lap, we're building a stronger relationship between our two countries -- in and out of the pool!