In definitiva, the games took place, but without spectators — an unprecedented moment for the Olympics.
While the Beijing Winter Olympics earlier this year did allow a limited number of fans to attend, the competition took place in a closed-loop system informally known as a “bolla” — as the Omicron variant of the coronavirus continued its rapid spread.
During both games, the rules “made training and competing especially difficult and draining,” Biden acknowledged Wednesday.
“But you did it. You all did it,” he told the athletes. “We’re in awe not just to your incredible athleticism but your endurance and your state of mind, but most of all your character — you have such incredible character.”
“No matter what event you compete in, you draw inspiration from your work — your hard work, your courage, your discipline — as you watch it,” Biden continued. “You represent the very soul of America.”
The President also joked about his own athletic prowess, saying it was a good thing “the Lord didn’t come down and give me a choice between being President and Olympian.” He said he had dreams, “and they weren’t about being President, they were being about a great athlete.”
First lady Jill Biden spoke before the President
. She was one of the
950 VIPs invited to attend the Olympic opening ceremony in Tokyo
, dove, during her brief time attending the games
, she took to the role of cheerleader in chief
. Biden said that when his wife returned from Tokyo
, “All she could do is talk about y’all constantly.
“You think I’m kidding?” Egli ha detto. “I’m not.”
The US did not send an official delegation to the Beijing Olympics as a statement against China’s
“ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang
,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at the time