I honor all of the young athletes from every country, every religion, every culture, and no matter who they love. I honor their dreams, hopes, and extremely hard work. They are young people we can all be proud of. Nothing will stop them until they have tested their hearts and bodies and have reached their full potential. The Olympic spirit puts politics aside, and hopefully all terrorism. May the Olympic spirit bring us closer to peace as the young people get to know each other as human beings. May their new friendships and expanding experiences open the minds in every country. May the games work the miracles we are all hoping for. It is more than medals, though they are important. May it open the hearts of every person in every country to embrace love, compassion, understanding and friendship.
May the Olympic Flame burn forever in the hearts of all young athletes.