Posts from our Olympic Blog
31 August 2012 Paralympics 2012: Wheelchair Basketball (Youtube) On the eve of the opening ceremony of the Paralympic games, the Wheelchair Basketball players from Team USA and Team GB took part in a warm up scrimmage at the University of East London.
28 August 2012 Ambassador Susman hosts reception for Paralympic Delegation at Winfield House (Picasa photos)
17 August 2012 Team USA Olympic Rower Natalie Dell
Medal winning Olympian and Department of Veteran’s Affairs researcher Natalie Dell is an inspiration. Not content with simply being an Olympian, Natalie has also found time to work side-by-side with Veteran’s returning from both Iraq and Afghanistan.
14 August 2012 Ambassador Susman calls 2012 greatest ever Games Congratulations to London and the United Kingdom for staging what will doubtless be remembered as the greatest Olympic Games ever. The venues, officials, volunteers, competitors, and spectators were all magnificent. From a brilliant original Opening Ceremony, through remarkable athletic achievements, to the jubilant Closing Ceremony, we have been treated to an enthralling spectacle.
14 August 2012 Last, but Not Least
Not all the athletes who competed in the London Olympics went home with a medal. But all went home with the satisfaction of knowing that they competed among the world’s elite. One is Niger’s Hamadou Djibo Issaka. He raced in the men’s single rowing event near Windsor, England. Issaka finished last, but to the sound of a roaring crowd.
14 August 2012 @Whitehouse Celebrates the 2012 Olympic Games in London
Like people all over the world, the White House has been using Twitter to celebrate the 2012 Olympic Games in London. As head of the Delegation in London, First Lady Michelle Obama represented the White House at the Opening Ceremonies. While in London, she also met with Team USA to wish them luck, hosted a Let’s Move event for over 1,000 American military children and British students, and cheered our Olympians as they competed.
14 August 2012 Celebrating the Soldier Athletes on Team USA
As President Obama said in a recent Weekly Address, Americans could not be prouder of the men and women representing our country in London, in both the recently concluded Olympics and in the upcoming Paralympics. And this year, Team USA included a record number of soldier athletes, both active duty and members of our reserves.
13 August 2012 President Obama thanks Britain for wonderful Olympics
President Obama has called Prime Minister Cameron to congratulate him and the people of the United Kingdom and London on an extremely successful Olympic games, which speaks to the character and spirit of our close ally.
10 August 2012 Maya Lawrence Hits Olympic Mark
Maya Lawrence, 32, has held onto an Olympic dream for the 16 years she’s been fencing. Although Lawrence is a veteran of women’s fencing, she missed out on qualifying for the 2004 Athens Olympics. She continued to train for four hours a day, six days a week in preparation for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Then, even though she ranked among the top four, the United States only qualified for one spot in the individual event, leaving her to work toward the 2012 London Games.
10 August 2012 They Bring Out the Best in Each Other
The backgrounds of these champion synchronized swimmers couldn’t be more different: Mariya Koroleva (left) was born in Yaroslavl, Russia, and immigrated to the United States as a child; Mary Killman was born in Texas and is a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, a U.S. federally recognized tribe of Native Americans. But in the pool, they are in perfect harmony.
10 August 2012 Team USA Table Tennis gain some East London fans
Table Tennis may not be Prime Time viewing for all Olympics fans. But Team U-S-A Table Tennis is gaining a few followers by acting as ambassadors for their sport and country by playing their favorite game with kids in East London.
09 August 2012 First American wheelchair athlete to win an Olympic gold medal.
In 1984, 28-year-old Sharon Hedrick was offered a place on the U.S. Paralympic team, but she turned it down. She would be heading to the Olympics instead. Hedrick went on to become the first American wheelchair athlete to win an Olympic gold medal. Hedrick, a graduate of the University of Illinois, was the first U.S. wheelchair athlete to win an Olympic gold medal and remains the only U.S. athlete to win gold in both the Olympics and the Paralympics.
08 August 2012 Ambassador Susman praises “spectacular” London 2012
U.S. Ambassador to the UK Louis Susman says the Olympics have been “spectacular”. Speaking at a clinic for London area kids hosted by NBA star Dwyane Wade, the Ambassador says he has been particularly impressed by Team USA’s performance off the field where American athletes have been holding clinics throughout Great Britain to get children interested in sport. Photos are on Flickr!
08 August 2012 Cuban-Born Gymnast Danell Leyva life story pay-off with bronze
When gymnast Danell Leyva’s mother fled Cuba with her two children — including baby Danell — 19 years ago, the family was hoping to find a better life in the United States. It was a big and risky step for a family to make, but it has worked out well and may have influenced Leyva’s approach to his sport.
08 August 2012 Colorado – Home of future Olympians
The U.S. Training Center in Colorado Springs is responsible for a lot of the success at London 2012. Mayor Lionel Rivera and Jim Scherr, CEO of the U.S. Olympics Committee discuss the Olympic spirit and how it inspires excellence in training and performance.
07 August 2012 USA Taekwondo teaches UK kids how to kick down obstacles
Team USA Taekwondo is in London for the 2012 games. But before its matches for medals, the team’s showing Wapping kids how to kick down barriers. The Olympians put on a clinic for underprivileged kids from London’s Wapping neighborhood. The clinic, for kids with and without Taekwondo experience, showed the kids how to use sport to learn life lessons. Photos are on Flickr.
01 August 2012 LetsMove! Event comes to Winfield House
At Winfield House, the official residence of U.S. Ambassador Susman, the First Lady encouraged a healthy lifestyle and hosted a Let’s Move! event (video) for about 1,000 American military children and American and British students in London on the eve of the London 2012 Opening Ceremony. The event took place at the Ambassador’s residence Winfield House. The kids had the chance to meet Olympic and Paralympic legends including David Beckham, Bart Conner, Nadia Comaneci, Teresa Edwards, Emily Hughes, Sarah Hughes, Shawn Johnson, Carl Lewis, Dikembe Mutombo, Dara Torres, members of the 2012 US Track and Field Team and Manchester United legends, among others. Photos are on Flickr.
26 July 2012 Ambassador Susman joined Team USA for the flag-raising ceremony in the Olympic Village. Photos of the ceremony are on Flickr.
11 April 2012 The Road to Olympics 2012: Nick Simmons