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Michelle Obama says Olympics were childhood dream

  • 27 Jul 2012
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LONDON (AFP)
 at the Olympic Games

The First Lady, who campaigns against child obesity, said she hoped watching the US athletes would encourage children at home to "get off the couch".

"Our goal is to get all kids in our country and across the world in a better state of health, and that starts with getting up and moving," she said.

"As you all compete here, think of your fellow competitors back home -- all those young kids who are going to be thinking of visions of you as they go spike a ball or put their toe in that first water."

She said she hoped the US athletes would have fun in London, but added, "Winning is good."

The First Lady, who will be attending the opening ceremony, told the team: "You've got a country back home that is rooting for you every single second, so you've already won."

Ahead of the ceremony, Obama was due to host a sporting event at the US ambassador's residence in London for around 1,000 US military children, along with US and British students.

Her arrival in London comes a day after Mitt Romney -- the Republican who will challenge her husband Barack Obama for the presidency in November -- had to backtrack after questioning whether London was ready for the Games.

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