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Jill Biden Holds Virtual Meet-and-Greet with US Olympic Athletes

Jill Biden Holds Virtual Meet-and-Greet with US Olympic Athletes

Friday, 23 July, 2021 - 10:00
US First Lady Jill Biden is greeted by Japanese and US delegates upon her arrival at Yokota Air Base for attending the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo July 22, 2021, Japan, in this photo released by Kyodo. Kyodo/via REUTERS

Jill Biden has held a virtual meet-and-greet with several US athletes who will compete at the Tokyo Games.

The US first lady is in Tokyo to support the athletes and attend the opening ceremony.

She spoke virtually with Eddy Alvarez, a baseball player and short track speed skater, and basketball player Sue Bird. Both will be flagbearers for the US at the opening ceremony. She also spoke with Allison Schmitt, a four-time Olympic swimmer and mental health advocate.

Biden told the athletes that they'd given up a lot to be in Tokyo and relied on support from family and friends.

On Saturday, she'll dedicate a room in the residence of the US chief of mission to former US Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, and his wife, Irene Hirano Inouye.

She will host a US-vs.-Mexico softball watch party at the US Embassy for staff and their families, and cheer US athletes competing in several events before leaving Tokyo.

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