#USinRio: Secretary Kerry at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games

Secretary Kerry led the U.S. Presidential Delegation to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, August 6-7. The U.S. delegation also included nine-time U.S. Olympic champion swimmer Mark Spitz, U.S. Ambassador to Brazil Lilana Ayalde, and U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Mari Carmen Aponte.

The delegation attended the Opening Ceremony, marking the official start of the Games, to represent the United States and demonstrate support for the more than 500 U.S. athletes competing.

While there, Secretary Kerry took over the U.S. Department of State’s Instagram page and shared a few photos as he supported #TeamUSA in Rio. Here are the images he shared:




I've traveled around the world to 88 countries as Secretary of State, representing the values that make us the proud, diverse, exceptional nation that we are. U.S. athletes are some of our finest Ambassadors. And I can’t think of anything that unifies people as much as the common spirit of sportsmanship. #TeamUSA put countless hours into training for these games, and they are an inspiration to everyone working towards a goal that at times feels impossible. They are proof when you work hard, set your mind to something, and never, ever give up, great things can happen. As Muhammad Ali said, "Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power that they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing." Thanks for following along. - JK

A photo posted by U.S. Department of State (@statedept) on Aug 6, 2016 at 8:44pm PDT


For more photos from Secretary Kerry's trip to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, check out the State Department's Flickr photo album.

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Patrick W.
Maryland, USA
August 8, 2016
Will Secretary Kerry be racing in the ( Olympic Men's Road Race ) ? He needs too put some shorts on, and get his bicycle out while he's there. I'm sure they have some nice places you can ride there, and see the sights . :)
Secretary Kerry Watches U.S. Tennis Player Venus Williams Play Belgian Tennis Player Kirsten Flipkens.
Secretary Kerry Clasps Hands With Olympic Gold Medalist and Track Star Allyson Felix in Rio de Janiero.
Secretary Kerry Watches the Start of the Men's Cycling Race at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Secretary Kerry Plays with U.S. Women's Beach Volleyball Players at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
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