Michelle Obama visits London for the Olympic Games

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First Lady Michelle Obama has been appointed to lead the US delegation to the Olympics

Unaccompanied by President Barack Obama, the First Lady will lead the US   Presidential Delegation to the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games.

Joined by a number of American Olympic and Paralympic greats, including Brandi   Chastain, Dominique Dawes and Grant Hill, Michelle Obama arrives in London   today for a trip that will include attendance at the Olympics   Opening Ceremony and meetings with US athletes and American military   personnel.

Mrs Obama has positioned herself as a passionate advocate of healthy eating   and exercise and launched the Let’s Move initiative in the US. The movement   is dedicated to tackling America’s childhood obesity problem, and during her   time in London the First Lady will host a Let’s Move! Event for about 1,000   military children and American and British students to engage them in the   spirit of the Olympic Games.



Mrs Obama’s appearance at the Games coincides with that of Mitt Romney, the   Republican presidential nominee, who has caused controversy with his   suggestion that Britain   isn’t willing to “celebrate” the Olympics. Both Mrs   Obama and Mr Romney are expected to attend Friday’s Opening Ceremony in the   Olympic Stadium in Stratford.

 

Mrs Obama’s first appearance in London will take place at the US Olympic   Training Facility in the University of East London on Friday, where she will   deliver an address to press at an informal breakfast. It will be followed by   the Let’s Move event for military children and students at the US   Ambassador’s Residence, which will also be attended by David Beckham. The   day will conclude with a reception for heads of state at Buckingham Palace   and attendance at the Opening Ceremony in her role as head of the   Presidential Delegation.

 

The First Lady’s brief visit continues on Saturday with a private meeting with   Samantha Cameron and attendance at an as-yet-unannounced Olympic sporting   event.

 

Her journey to England concludes on Sunday with a brunch at the American   Ambassador’s Residence and a visit to Mildenhall Air Force Base to greet   American military families stationed there. Speaking of her visit to the   Olympics and its association with Let’s Move Mrs Obama said: ““Olympians and   Paralympians are true American heroes and role models for all of us,   especially our young people. And I know that this delegation will help   inspire a generation of young people to get into the Olympic spirit by   getting active and healthy so they can reach their fullest potential and   reach their dreams.”


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