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Refugee Olympic Team gets support from President Obama, Bill de Blasio and others

The nation is inspired by the first Refugee Olympic Team.

They may not be representing a country, but the 10 refugee athletes competing in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio sure do have a lot of support behind them.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, President Barack Obama and even Ricky Martin and other celebrities are cheering for them to bring home gold on Facebook and Twitter with #TeamRefugees.

Here's what they're saying.

President Barack Obama

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"Tonight, the first-ever #TeamRefugees will also stand before the world and prove that you can succeed no matter where you're from," Obama tweeted before the opening ceremony on Friday.


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"Join Team Refugees in Rio & around the world! Share this if you believe that love, community and sport have no borders. #TeamRefugees," Pink wrote on Facebook.

Mark Ruffalo

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"I'm amazed by the Refugee Olympic Team making history at Rio 2016. Go ‪#‎TeamRefugees‬! Please join me by standing ‪#‎WithRefugees‬ and signing/sharing this this UNHCR petition today," Ruffalo wrote on Facebook.

Mayor Bill de Blasio

Photo Credit: Bill de Blasio via Twitter

"The 10 brave athletes on @TeamRefugees have no home, but they've already won NYC's heart. #TeamRefugees," de Blasio tweeted alongside a photo of himself in a Team Refugees shirt.

Ricky Martin

Martin shared a promotional image for the Refugee
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Martin shared a promotional image for the Refugee Olympic Team on Facebook and wrote, "#TeamRefugees dream not only of #Olympic medals, but a better future for all 65 million refugees and migrants globally."

Jillian Michaels

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"I'm amazed by the Refugee Olympic Team making history at Rio 2016. Go ‪#‎TeamRefugees‬! Please JOIN ME by standing ‪#‎WithRefugees‬ and signing/sharing this UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency petition today," Michaels wrote on Facebook with a video supporting the team.

Danny Glover

With this photo of himself in his Team
Photo Credit: Danny Glover via Facebook

With this photo of himself in his Team Refugees shirt, Glover wrote, "I'm cheering for Team Refugees at the Rio Olympics. They are spreading messages of love and hope for refugees around the world! #TeamRefugees."

Wentworth Miller

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"This summer at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, the International Olympic Committee has created a Refugee Olympic Team... Ten world class athletes, forced by conflict and persecution to flee their homes, will unite to act as a symbol for all those affected by the crisis... Love and sport have no borders," Miller wrote on Facebook.

Edward Norton

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"Genuinely moved to see the amazing Refugee Olympic Team stepping out at the opening ceremony & making history at @Rio2016. What a wonderful example of bravery, resilience and sheer hope & determination in the face of adversity. Refugees deserve our support. Please join me by standing ‪#‎WithRefugees‬ and signing/sharing the UNHCR petition today," Norton wrote on Facebook.


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