Posted: 3:34 am ET
On August 2, President Obama announced the designation of the Presidential Delegation to Attend the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The delegation will attend athletic events, meet with U.S. athletes, and attend the Opening Ceremony.
- John Kerry, Secretary of State of the United States, will lead the delegation.
Members of the Presidential Delegation
- Liliana Ayalde, U.S. Ambassador to the Federative Republic of Brazil, Department of State
- Mari Carmen Aponte, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Department of State
- Liz Allen, Deputy Assistant to the President and White House Deputy Communications Director
- Ellie Schafer, Special Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Visitors Office
- Mr. Mark Spitz, nine-time Olympic gold medalist, one-time Olympic silver medalist, one-time Olympic bronze medalist, men’s swimming
I've traveled around the world to 88 countries as Secretary of State, representing the values that make us the proud, diverse, exceptional nation that we are. U.S. athletes are some of our finest Ambassadors. And I can’t think of anything that unifies people as much as the common spirit of sportsmanship. #TeamUSA put countless hours into training for these games, and they are an inspiration to everyone working towards a goal that at times feels impossible. They are proof when you work hard, set your mind to something, and never, ever give up, great things can happen. As Muhammad Ali said, "Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power that they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing." Thanks for following along. – JK