updated 07/27/2012 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 07/27/2012 AT 9:45 AM ET
Over breakfast at an east London sports center with some of Team USA – including women’s basketball players, fencing competitors and members of the track and field squad – the First Lady praised the inspiration they provide to those watching back home.
“Some of my fondest memories growing up and as an adult involve watching the Olympics on TV,” Mrs. Obama told them. “My family would sit together for hours watching these men and women perform feats of endurance speed that would have us cheering at the top of our lungs.”
She added, “My brother and I would dream about how maybe one day we might be able to achieve something just as great for ourselves.”