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Nick Clegg's words to athletes at Welcome Ceremony

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has attended the Team GB Athlete Welcome Ceremony, marking the Team's arrival in the Olympic Village.

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Afterwards, he toured Team GB House, before giving a brief speech. 

An extract of the Deputy Prime Minister’s speech is below.

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The nation is gripped by Olympic fever in a way it never, ever has been. Because, when you host the Games, you don’t just support your team in the normal way. Something deeper happens. Supporters, volunteers, the official Team GB - these Games belong to everyone. We are all hosting the world. Our experiences are all tied together. And, when everything is said and done, those experiences will make up a history we all share. In a way, the Team goes even wider than this room - it extends to the people out there.

So if I leave you with one thought tonight, as you and your teams embark on the final leg of this journey, let it be this: the people of Britain won’t just be watching you - they’ll be right there with you. They’ll be following you into battle: sharing in your dreams; standing alongside you in any disappointments; and when you triumph, as you will, revelling in your joy. 

I hope you can draw from that. There is strength in numbers - something every team player knows. In your most challenging moments, draw strength from the people out there. You embody a nation’s hopes; you have captured its imagination; and the people of Britain will be there by your side, supporting you, every step of the way.

All that is left to do is to wish you luck - the very best of Great British luck.

Published 24 July 2012