TODAY   |  February 07, 2014

'You inspire us': Obama’s message for Olympians

In an exclusive video for TODAY, President Barack Obama sends an invigorating message for Team U.S.A. “We couldn’t be prouder of you and we can’t wait to see what you accomplish in the next few weeks,” he says. “Bring out your ‘A’ game when it matters most.”

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>>> as you know, president obama not attending the games here in sochi. but we've got something from the president you'll see only on "today." the special message he recorded for team usa as they get set to walk in the opening ceremony.

>> hello, team usa . i just wanted to say congratulations and good luck to everyone representing the red, white and blue at the winter olympics and parolympic games this year. we couldn't be prouder of you and can't wait to see what you accomplish in the next few weeks. we're also proud to see what you've done to get this far. you have worked tirelessly for years to become some of the finest athletes in the world. you excelled at the very highest level of the competition, bringing out your a-game when it matters most, competing with bigger and winning with grace. you've dedicated yourselves to the olympic values of friendship, respect and excellence in your sport and in your lives. you inspire us. we're going to be watching and rooting for you. so on behalf of all your fans around the country, including everybody in the obama family, good luck and go team usa .