DALLAS, USA: US First Lady Michelle Obama is teaming up with the US Olympic Committee to introduce more than 1.7 million children to an array of sports as part of her “Let’s Move!” youth fitness campaign.
Obama, who will lead the US delegation to the London Olympics in July, was flanked by dozens of Olympians and Olympic hopefuls as she spoke for about 10 minutes at the USOC’s pre-London Olympic Summit on Monday. She and USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun announced an initiative in which the USOC and several of the national governing bodies under its umbrella will introduce children across the country to to their sports.
“I am beyond proud to be leading the US delegation to the opening ceremonies in London this summer,” Obama said. “And I want you to know that I’ll be doing so both as a First Lady honored to be representing my country and as a lifelong Olympic fan.”
Obama recalled being “awed and inspired” by Olympic competitors that she watched the Games on television as a youngster. But it was 12-time Olympic swimming medallist Natalie Coughlin who was briefly tongue-tied as she introduced the First Lady.