As the 2016 Summer Olympic Games began in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, many people, including several leaders at the Department of State, took to Twitter to celebrate the beginning of this momentous global event and share some of their fondest memories in the history of the Olympic games.
— Department of State (@StateDept) August 5, 2016
As Secretary of State John Kerry prepared to lead the U.S. Presidential Delegation to the Olympic Games, he shared:
Several of the State Department’s senior leadership and Ambassadors also joined in sharing their favorite Olympic memories from some of our most decorated and trailblazing American athletes. Below is a snapshot of memorable Olympic records, Olympic firsts, and the resilience and grit required to compete at the highest levels and represent one’s country through sports and diplomacy.
— Kristie Kenney (@KristieKenney) August 5, 2016
My top #OlympicMoment: Mary Lou Retton becoming 1st American to win all-around women's gymnastics gold at '84 games. https://t.co/kWSxkSyhsS — Heather Higginbottom (@hhigginbottom) August 5, 2016
— Antony Blinken (@ABlinken) August 5, 2016
My favorite #OlympicMoment: @NelsonMandela carries the 2004 #Olympics torch in relay 2 #Robben Island. What's yours? pic.twitter.com/qPY5UX75gU — Rick Stengel (@stengel) August 5, 2016
— John Kirby (@statedeptspox) August 5, 2016
My fav #OlympicMoment:the comeback of 88! Greg Louganis' recovery (after hitting head on dive board) to win the gold pic.twitter.com/YucJDDjtd6 — Samantha Power (@AmbassadorPower) August 5, 2016
— David Thorne (@AMB_Thorne) August 5, 2016
My favorite #OlympicMoment was the US men's ice hockey team victory over the USSR in 1980 in Lake Placid. "Do you believe in miracles?!" — Erica Barks-Ruggles (@USAmbRwanda) August 7, 2016
My favorite #OlympicMoment 2): Kerri Strug landing her vault on a bum ankle to clinch the team gymnastics gold for USA in Atlanta 1996.
— Dan Shapiro (@AmbShapiro) August 6, 2016
CG Jim Herman: My favorite #OlympicMoment: When @Caitlyn_Jenner won #Gold for #TeamUSA at 1976 #Olympics #decathlon in #Montreal. @StateDept — USConsulateFrankfurt (@usconsfrankfurt) August 6, 2016
Mi #OlympicMoment favorito fue cuando fui a las olimpiadas del 1992 en Barcelona y vi el original Dream Team pic.twitter.com/1tAXqcgxAC — Mike Hammer (@MikeHammerUSA) August 6, 2016
(English: My favorite #OlympicMoment was when I went to the Olympics in 1992 in Barcelona and saw the original Dream Team.)
— State Dept IO Bureau (@State_IO) August 5, 2016
Favorite #OlympicMoment: When @MichaelPhelps took home 8 gold medals at the 2008 #BeijingOlympics. #TeamUSA! –Danny https://t.co/vac2OdH99G — EAP Bureau (@USAsiaPacific) August 5, 2016
With the Olympic games in full swing this week, U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama also reflected on a few of their favorite golden moments and memories from Olympics-past. View their responses in this presidential pop quiz.
If you have not done so already, be sure to join the campaign on Twitter and use #OlympicMoment to share your favorite memories from the current Summer Games in Rio or from the many amazing Olympic moments of the past.
For more information:
- View more #OlympicMoment posts on Twitter.
- 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.
- Visit the #USinRio interactive blog and read other DipNote blogs about sports and diplomacy.
- Join our #USinRio social media campaign.
- Bookmark Mission Brazil’s Olympics-Paralympics webpage.