Secretary Kerry led the U.S. Presidential Delegation to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, August 6-7. The U.S. delegation also included nine-time U.S. Olympic champion swimmer Mark Spitz, U.S. Ambassador to Brazil Lilana Ayalde, and U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Mari Carmen Aponte.
The delegation attended the Opening Ceremony, marking the official start of the Games, to represent the United States and demonstrate support for the more than 500 U.S. athletes competing.
Hi everyone, John Kerry here. Leading the U.S Presidential Delegation to the #Rio2016 Olympics is a terrific privilege, and I am so proud to be here on President Obama's behalf. I’ll also be taking over the State Dept Instagram account while here in Rio. Follow along for some behind-the-scenes photos as I show our support for #TeamUSA. - JK
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I’ve always loved watching the Olympics. From our own Presidential Delegation member Mark Sptitz’s record-breaking victories at Munich in 1972 to Mike Eruzione and the underdog 1980 men’s hockey team Miracle on Ice, to Kerri Strug’s impossible landing on her second vault attempt in 1996 – the talent and athletic ability on display at the Games is unmatched by any other competition on Earth. It’s amazing to watch each team represent their country with such pride & honor. #TeamUSA has a lot to be proud of tonight. - JK A photo posted by U.S. Department of State (@statedept) onAug 5, 2016 at 7:21pm PDT
So proud that nine-time Olympic medalist Mark Spitz is part of our U.S. Presidential Delegation to Rio. A swimming legend, he won 7 gold medals at the 1972 Summer Olympics. We stopped by @todayshow on #Copacabana beach this morning before the start of the Men's Cycling Road Race. - JK
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It's a dream come true to watch the start of Olympic Men's Road Race. Seeing these great athletes, including #TeamUSA's own Taylor Phinney & Brent Bookwalter, is inspiring to athletes of every sport. A 241.5 km race, this event is a challenge demanding immense strength & stamina. Wishing I had half the talent these guys do! - JK A photo posted by U.S. Department of State (@statedept) onAug 6, 2016 at 9:00am PDT
I've traveled around the world to 88 countries as Secretary of State, representing the values that make us the proud, diverse, exceptional nation that we are. U.S. athletes are some of our finest Ambassadors. And I can’t think of anything that unifies people as much as the common spirit of sportsmanship. #TeamUSA put countless hours into training for these games, and they are an inspiration to everyone working towards a goal that at times feels impossible. They are proof when you work hard, set your mind to something, and never, ever give up, great things can happen. As Muhammad Ali said, "Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power that they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing." Thanks for following along. - JK
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For more photos from Secretary Kerry's trip to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, check out the State Department's Flickr photo album.
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