Michelle Obama to lead US Olympic delegation

Olympians and Paralympians are true American heroes and role models,says Obama

Written by Agencies | Washington | Published: June 23, 2012 11:22:17 am

First Lady Michelle Obama will lead a US delegation to the London Olympics next month featuring the famed double gold medalist woman footballer Brandi Chastain,the White House said today.

“This summer,I’ll be cheering on Team USA at the Olympic Games in London with this distinguished group of champions who truly represent the best of our country,” Obama said.

“Olympians and Paralympians are true American heroes and role models for all of us,especially our young people.”

Chastain is best known for an iconic moment when she scored the winning goal in the Women’s World Cup Final in 1999,and she pulled off her shirt to reveal a sports bra underneath.

Also on the US delegation were Paralympian Gabriel Diaz de Leon,who has won medals in the javelin,discus and shot put,and swimmer Summer Sanders,who won four medals,including two golds in the 1992 Games in Barcelona.

Gymnast Dominique Dawes,who won gold in 1996 and is now the co-chair of the President’s Council on Fitness,Sports and Nutrition,and US Ambassador to London Louis Susman are also on the delegation.

NBA star and former Olympian Grant Hill will also make the trip.

Obama said she would use the Olympic visit to highlight her “Let’s Move” campaign for fitness and healthy eating.

“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,” she said.

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