Olympic swimmers in on 'Call Me' parody

@USA_swimming joined the "Call Me Maybe" craze with this effort on YouTube featuring all of the members of the men's and women's Olympic teams. It was directed by Kathleen Hersey (@KathleenHersey), produced by Caitlin Leverenz (@Cleverenz) and Alyssa Anderson @alyssaloo930 while Natalie Coughlin (@NatalieCouglin) handled the "airplane choreography."

Team USA athletes got a pep talk from first lady Michelle Obama earlier in the day, as she visited the team's headquarters and urged the American athletes to "have fun but also win.".

For Kobe Bryant and his U.S. men's basketball teammates, it's a case of "win gold or don't come back." Bryant posted this photo of himself (center) with Russell Westbook and LeBron James on Facebook, writing: "All rivalries are put on hold to represent our country!"

Team USA met the media Friday, and Kevin Love was there to chronicle the event.

From KevinLove7 via Instagram

Some questions were tougher than others:

With this being his fourth Summer Olympics, you'd think this U.S. swimmer would not mind getting a little wet.

The Opening Ceremonies are no fun on an empty stomach:

The U.S. gymnastics team worked out a few final kinks with some help:

Someone is already looking forward to Sochi. The 2014 Winter Games open in 460 days:

Even former athletes become tourists at the Olympics. This former subject of the Crown (at least during his days with the Blue Jays) got a royal welcome of sorts Friday on the River Thames:

From cdel25 via Instagram

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