Michelle Obama to Lead U.S. to 2012 Olympics

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Michelle Obama to lead U.S. Olympics delegation to 2012 London Olympics

The U.S. Olympic delegation will have a very presidential entrance in London in July.

First Lady Michelle Obama will lead the U.S. delegation to the opening ceremonies of the London Olympics, she said Tuesday. It’s all part of Obama’s Let’s Move campaign to push to encourage young kids to get off the couch and get moving to fight childhood obesity.

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“The Games are about finding our inner strength,” Obama told those attending a mini-Olympic competition with physical activities for Washington, D.C.-area children at American University on Tuesday. “And all of these athletes have done it by pushing ourselves to be the very best that we can at something that we feel deeply about, right? And that’s sports in this case, but that can be anything. But it’s about digging down deep and finding the thing that makes you want to do more.”

She added: “Let’s Move is about me ensuring that young people like you guys get up and get moving. And we want to use these Games as a way to jumpstart people into moving.”

Olympians and Paralympians including Kortney Clemons, Dominique Dawes, April Holmes, Lisa Leslie, Lori Ann Lindsey, Dan O’Brien, Becky Sauerbrunn and David Wagner led the children Tuesday in sports events including basketball, soccer, tennis and relay races.

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Other first ladies who have led U.S. Olympic delegations include Laura Bush in 2006 and Hillary Clinton in 1994.

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