Athletes on the U.S. swimming team chant ‘Dr. Biden’ for First Lady as she watches the competition without fans at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday
- Members of the U.S. swim team cheered and chanted from the stands for first lady Jill Biden, who sat across the pool and waved as swimming kicked off
- Without fans in the 15,000-seat Tokyo Aquatics Centre on Saturday, masked teams had ample room to spread out in socially distanced seats above the deck
- The U.S. contingent waved tiny American flags and pounded noise-makers
- While waiting for the session to begin, the Americans chanted ‘Dr. Biden, Dr. Biden’ and clapped
- None of the usual electricity that typically courses through the Olympic pool was present
- Earlier in the day, Biden watched 3-on-3 basketball with French President Emmanuel Macron and hosted a softball watch party
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The first lady is leading Team USA’s delegation to the Summer Games and was caught on camera waving at the team while sitting in seats at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.
While the team waited for the races to begin, swimmers clapped and chanted ‘Dr. Biden! Dr. Biden!’.
First Lady of the United States Jill Biden is seen on day one of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre
The US Swim team chants ‘Dr. Biden’ and claps as they spy First Lady Jill Biden cheering them on at the Tokyo Olympics
Dr. Biden could seen waving at them earnestly in a call and response chant
Team USA swimmers cheer on as teammates competes at the Tokyo Aquatics Center
USA Swimming tweets as they see Jill Biden watching the US team at the Tokyo Olympics
Jill Biden, who sat across the pool waved back at the enthusiastic swimmers.
The first lady shared video of the moment on her Twitter page as did USA Swimming who posted the moment on Twitter.
‘@FLOTUS in the house!’ tweeted the USA Swimming team.
‘Back at you @USASwimming! U-S Swimming,’ the first lady said on Twitter.
Biden received her doctorate from the University of Delaware in 2007. Her title generated headlines after her husband’s election victory after an op-ed piece suggested she should drop the ‘Dr.’ title from her name because she does not have a doctorate in medicine.
Spectators have not been allowed into the 2020 Tokyo Games meaning none of the usual electricity that typically courses through the Olympic pool was present.
Teams shouted the names of their swimmers during the race, when the sound of water splashing was easily heard and music blasted.
Jill Biden tweeted back at USA Swimming as team members clapped and chanted for her
Dr. Jill Biden was seen waving at Team USA swimmers who were sitting in the stands
The first lady was seen sitting socially distanced from others who were watching in the stands
Without fans in the 15,000-seat Tokyo Aquatics Centre on Saturday, masked teams had ample room to spread out in socially distanced seats above the deck.
The U.S. contingent waved tiny American flags and pounded red-white-and-blue Thunderstix, while the Germans spread their large-sized flag over two rows of seats.
Earlier in the day, Biden watched a 3-on-3 basketball game with French President Emmanuel Macron and hosted a softball watch party at the U.S. ambassador’s residence all as part of her first international trip as first lady.
Fans from overseas and locals are not allowed to watch the games in person.
Tokyo has recently seen a rise in COVID-19 cases with levels close to those seen last January.
The city entered its fourth state of emergency earlier this month.
The U.S. contingent waved tiny American flags and pounded red-white-and-blue Thunderstix
Olivia Smoliga, Catie Deloof, Allison Schmitt and Natalie Hinds of Team United States celebrate after finishing second in heat one of the Women’s 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay on day one of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on Saturday