Presidents Day: Commanders in chief at the Olympics
Feb 17, 2:00am EST
Prior to 1984, no U.S. president had officially opened an Olympics held on U.S. soil until Ronald Reagan kicked off the Games of the XXIII Olympiad in Los Angeles. In 2008, George W. Bush became the first U.S. president to attend an Olympic Games held in a foreign country, when he traveled to China for the Beijing Games. Here are some U.S. presidents who have been involved in past Olympic Games.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
New York Governor, and later U.S. president, Franklin D. Roosevelt (center) is seen with International Olympic Committee President Count Henri de Baillet-Latour (center right) during the Opening Ceremony of the 1932 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y.
President Richard M. Nixon
President Richard M. Nixon officially opened the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympics while he was vice president of the United States. Nixon is seen here throwing out the first pitch at the 1970 All-Star Game at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio, as Commissioner Bowie Kuhn and Manager Gil Hodges of the New York Mets look on.
President Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States, makes an address at the White House on Feb. 25, 1980 to welcome the Olympic medal winners home. He is surrounded by members of the gold medal-winning ice hockey team and speed skater Eric Heiden (left).
President Ronald Reagan
President Ronald Reagan stands with his arm around the shoulders of U.S. gymnast and Olympic champion Mary Lou Retton in Los Angeles, after the 1984 Olympics. Everyone is seen wearing the official red U.S. team blazers.
President Bill Clinton
President Bill Clinton and Carla McGhee, center for the U.S. women's basketball team, leave the White House in Washington, D.C., carrying Olympic torches in preparation for the 1996 Olympic Games set in Atlanta.