First Lady Michelle Obama is leading the U.S. delegation to the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games and is accompanied by Olympic and Paralympic greats, including Brandi Chastain, Dominique Dawes, Gabriel Diaz de Leon, Grant Hill, and Summer Sanders. The First Lady is working to turn the inspiration of these athletes into action by getting more kids healthy and active as part of her "Let's Move!" initiative.
Our "Photo of the Week" comes to us from the U.S. Embassy in London, where the First Lady hosted an event this morning for about 1,000 American military children and American and British students at the U.S. Ambassador's residence. The students had the chance to meet David Beckham, Bart Conner, Nadia Comaneci, Teresa Edwards, Emily Hughes, Sarah Hughes, Shawn Johnson, Carl Lewis, Dikembe Mutombo, Dara Torres, Manchester United legends, and members of the 2012 U.S. Track and Field Team, among others.
The First Lady explains, "…As part of this trip and my Let's Move initiative to solve the problem of childhood obesity, 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. And 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. And we thought that the goal of 1 million kids was an ambitious target, but our partners not only met that goal, they added another 700,000 more to that commitment. So that means that 1.7 million young people are going to be participating in Olympic and Paralympic sports in their communities this year as a result of these commitments."
In addition, Saturday, July 28 has been declared "Let's Move!" Olympic Fun Day. On that day, children and families across the United States will come together to cheer for Team USA and participate in athletic activities in their communities.
"...As our Olympic athletes begin to compete in London, they will truly be inspiring a generation of young people to get active and to strive for excellence," the First Lady said. "And they're going to be reminding us all that being an Olympian isn't just about winning the gold or setting a new record. It's really about pushing yourself. It's about believing in yourself and refusing to give up, no matter what obstacles you might face."
You can view more photos of the event at the Ambassador's residence here. This evening, the First Lady will attend a reception for Heads of State hosted by Her Majesty the Queen. Following the reception, she will attend the Opening Ceremony. Learn more about how you can follow the First Lady's visit here. Throughout the Games, also follow our embassy's blog and @USAinUK on Twitter for updates from London.