First Lady to Head Up Summer Olympics Delegation

The White House is gearing up for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London

The White House has announced that First Lady Michelle Obama will be leading the U.S. delegation into the 2012 Summer Olympic Games opening ceremonies in London on July 27.

And Mrs. Obama isn't the first first lady to do so. Laura Bush headed up the delegation for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy and Hillary Clinton did the same for the '94 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway.

Given Mrs. Obama's dedication to promoting a healthy lifestyle--of which fitness is a cornerstone--the announcement is also a natural fit with her Let's Move! initiative.

Today, the first lady is partnering with Britain's first lady Samantha Cameron to host a Olympics-themed competition for D.C.-area children at American University at 4:15 p.m. According to a White House official, the first lady is expected to emphasize her hope that the Summer Games will inspire children to get active and healthy -- directives in line with Let's Move! -- at today's event. The White House will announce the official delegates accompanying the first lady to London in the coming months.

The mini-Olympics event today is one of many surrounding British Prime Minister David Cameron's two-day U.S. visit, which is also slated to include talks with President Obama about pulling troops out of Afghanistan, an official dinner, and attending a basketball game.

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