Ambassador Rice tweets the #Olympics
From Aug. 11-12, Ambassador Susan E. Rice, the leader of President Obama's delegation to the Olympic Closing Ceremony, live-tweeted the final weekend of action at the London Summer Games.
- On August 9, President Obama announced that Ambassador Susan E. Rice would lead the U.S. Presidential Delegation to the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games in London. She would be joined by Ambassador Louis Susman, the U.S. Ambassador in London, as well as Ben Rhodes, the Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communication and Speechwriting, former White House aide Reggie Love, former figure skating world champ Michelle Kwan, and former MLB outfielder Curtis Pride.
- Amb. Rice, a huge sports fan who played varsity basketball and tennis in high school, could not have been more excited to represent the United States and cheer on behalf of the American people and the First Fan.
- Amb. Rice had a unique vantage point for the Games. Using Twitter, she aimed to share with fans back home the thrill of live competition.
- It all began at the track, where she and her fellow delegates took in the sights and sounds of a frenetic final day of track & field. There were numerous medal finals, some taking place at the same time.
- Soon, runners from all over the world lined up to compete in the 5000-meter run. Running for the United States was Lopez Lomong, a former "Lost Boy" from Sudan who is now a U.S. citizen and a two-time Olympian.
- Ambassador Rice, who was familiar with Lopez's inspiring story, wanted to make sure he knew the American people were behind him.
- ...as well as his U.S. teammates.
- It wasn't to be. Runner Mo Farah, a superstar in his native Britain, won with a spectacular final leg, sending the crowd into a frenzy.
- Together with Ambassador Rice, the U.S. delegation showed their game faces.
- They weren't the only ones who were loud and proud for their home country.
- Throughout her visit, Amb. Rice took note of the generosity and organization of the Games' hosts.
- Later that night, she made it to the women's basketball gold medal game.
- Amb. Rice and her daughter, Maris, are huge fans of the WNBA. They relished the opportunity to see their favorite stars in action.
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