Michelle Obama formally opened her stint as leader of the U.S. Olympics delegation on Friday morning, attending a breakfast with American Olympians and saying she was ''just in awe'' of their company.
The U.S. first lady mingled with athletes afterward, posing for photos, shaking hands and sharing hugs with dozens of the Olympians who signed up to attend.
''Try to have fun. Try to breathe a little bit,'' Mrs. Obama said. ''But also win, right?''
The first lady has a busy itinerary, including an event later Friday to promote healthy living with more than 1,000 children expected, then a reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, followed by the opening ceremony at Olympic Stadium.
She told the group that some of her fondest memories in sports stemmed from watching the Olympics on television. She also shared the story of her father, who was athletic and contracted multiple sclerosis ''in the prime of his life.''
''He retained his love of sports, truly,'' Mrs. Oba...