Jonathan Garthwaite
From Copenhagen:

Michelle Obama, dressed all in yellow, preceded her husband and spoke passionately about sitting on her father's knee as a child to watch and take inspiration from the Olympics and the performances of gymnasts Olga Korbut and Nadia Comaneci and athlete Carl Lewis.

Seeing how Michelle Obama was born in 1964 and Carl Lewis’ first Olympic games was 1984 in LA (when Michelle was 20 yrs old, attending Princeton) I suspect she wasn't actually on her father’s knee cheering for Carl Lewis.

However, Olga Korbut of the U.S.S.R was in the 1972 and 1976 Summer Olympics when Michelle was 8 and 12 respectively.

I guess she wasn’t inspired by the U.S.’s Mark Spitz 1972 record seven gold medals, proud of the 1976 sweep of Boxing gold medals by Sugar Ray Leonard, Leon Spinks, Michael Spinks, Leo Randolph, Howard Davis Jr, or upset by the U.S.A. Basketball team’s loss to the Soviets in the most controversial game in international basketball history.


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