July 27, 2012
Former All-American Angel McCoughtry and several dozen members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team, including the women's basketball team, had the opportunity to meet First Lady Michelle Obama on Friday morning. She addressed the group and then posed for pictures, which the U.S. women happily took advantage of.
The team then took the court for its final practice before the start of the 2012 London Olympics as the U.S. women open play against Croatia at 11:45 a.m. ET on July 28.
Angel McCoughtry Comments from Friday afternoon
On the morning's breakfast with First Lady Michelle Obama:
"I really enjoyed this morning's experience. The First Lady, if you look at our pictures, she gave us all bug hugs like she knew us. For her to be so powerful and everything, it was so down to earth around her. Oh my gosh! It was the greatest feeling."
"Then I got to meet some new athletes. I love meeting new athletes, seeing what they do and learning about different sports. There are a lot of different sports that we don't all know about. It was a great feeling ... and I got to see Dominique Dawes. I watched her when I was like a teenager. Actually, I was 10 years old. I was 10 years old watching someone, and now I'm next to her, taking pictures. It was very cool."
On going through team processing:
"It was way more than I expected. I loved it. It was a great feeling. I did not expect all this gear. All of these gifts. I thought you just came and played for your country, but it's so much more. They give you all this as appreciation for what you do."
Are you excited about the Opening Ceremonies tonight?
"I'm excited. I'm very excited about Opening Ceremonies. It's going to be like nothing I can ever imagine. I'm looking forward to it. I don't really know what to expect. I've only heard what people have told me. It's one of those things you have to experience for yourself. So, I'm really excited to see it. People keep asking me if it's hit me yet. And it hasn't. I know I know I'm playing in the Olympics and I know that I'm playing for my country, but it hasn't really hit me yet. I keep telling everybody that I think Opening Ceremonies is going to be like, `oh my gosh! I'm in the Olympics!' You know? So I think it's going to hit me tonight."
*information courtesy of USA Basketball media relations staff