Just hours before the closing ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics this Sunday, American athletes took part in a video conference with President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden. The US President praised the participation of the US team that surpassed China in the medal table on the last day of the Olympics.
– You represented every thing we stand for. It’s not just athletic ability, it’s moral courage. The courage you show. The courage of those who are under real stress … and the stress. These are the things that people around the world see, as I do in the public life of your president or other people. They get the idea that we are Americans, who we are. You made me so proud, ”Biden said.
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Simon Piles at the crossbar at the 2020 Olympics – Photo: REUTERS / Lindsay Wason
Biden invited American athletes to visit the White House, a tradition in the United States. Jill Biden promised to warmly welcome the US delegation.
“We can not be proud of all of you. All you have done to represent our country and all Americans feel the same way,” the first lady said.
Joe Biden invites American athletes to the White House – Photo: Reuters
The President of the United States spoke with some athletes. He praised Simon Piles and withdrew from four individual finals for mental health and returned to take bronze at the crossroads.
– You had the courage: “I need help, I need some time”. You are an example to all. What do you think, you’re back on the beam, “Biden said.
He also praised Kara Winger, the javelin thrower who was selected as the American flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the Tokyo Games. Swimmer Katie Ledecky and Isaiya Juved from the 800m.
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