The last time first lady Michelle Obama appeared on the Tonight Show With Jay Leno, she promoted her Let’s Move campaign and its focus on fitness and healthy eating habits. In her next stopover, scheduled for Aug. 13, she’ll talk to the host about life in the White House and her trip to the London Olympics, the Associated Press reports.
It’s safe to say she won’t have a hard time coming up with stories to share, after leading the U.S. delegation to the 2012 Games. While, at 5 feet 11, she never saw her own gymnastics career take off (she told ABC last month that she had to give up that childhood fantasy), she met all-around gymnastics champ Gabby Douglas and the rest of the team’s gold medalists and shared handshakes and hugs with basketball players. She also played tennis with kids, met with dignitaries and had an overall experience that she described as “otherworldly” (which is a lot, coming from someone who lives in the White House).
From the New York Times:
Michelle Obama, visiting the Olympics as part of her campaign against childhood obesity, met with members of the United States Olympic team here Friday morning, telling them that she remembered watching the Games on television with her family growing up in Chicago and “cheering at the top of our lungs.”
As part of a tour that includes meetings with dignitaries and appearances at Olympic events, the First Lady was at the U.S.O.C.’s training center based at the University of East London’s Docklands campus. Basketball, fencing, taekwondo, badminton, wrestling and weightlifting athletes are training there and made up most of the crowd at the breakfast.
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Among those in attendance were several women’s basketball players, including Seimone Augustus, Sylvia Fowles and Sue Bird, as well as the two-time gold medalist fencer Mariel Zagunis, who will serve as the flag bearer for the U.S. team at Friday’s opening ceremony.
“I’m still so inspired by you all,” Obama said.
Obama was introduced by the former Olympic gymnast Dominique Dawes, who joked about jumping rope with the Obamas and how the First Lady could hold her own when it came to fitness. “Don’t be fooled by her heels,” Dawes said.