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What better way to celebrate a dominant opening to group play at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London than with a hug from the first lady of the United States?

After the final buzzer of their 98-71 win over France on Sunday, members of the U.S. men’s national basketball team shook hands with their vanquished opposition, gathered at center court for a brief cheer, then walked off the court to a rousing ovation from the fans at the Basketball Arena in London. Before they headed back to the locker room, though, they took a quick left and headed straight for Michelle Obama — President Barack Obama‘s wife, who greeted the full U.S. athletic delegation on Friday — who was seated in the front row to take in the action.

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Led by LeBron James — who played just under 25 of the game’s 40 minutes but turned in a sensational all-around effort — the members of Team USA went up, one by one, and got a hug from the first lady.

“I would say Michelle Obama is ‘the First Fan’ here in London,” NBC Sports Network play-by-play announcer Bob Fitzgerald said as the members of the U.S. squad each approached for their quick embrace.

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