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U.S. First Lady, Jill Biden waves during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on July 23, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. Photo: Dylan Martinez/Pool via Getty Images

First lady Jill Biden sent Team USA an extra boost of encouragement on Friday, cheering them on in an open letter that highlighted the Olympics' power to bring people together.

What she's saying: "In these moments [of rooting for our country], we are more than our cities or states or backgrounds. We are more than our jobs or our political parties," Biden wrote in a letter published on NBC News. "We are united. We are all, first and foremost, Team USA."

  • "Your journey to Tokyo likely started at a young age, the first time you picked up a ball or jumped in the water, the first ride that made you feel truly free or when the backflip you thought was impossible suddenly wasn’t," Biden added.
  • "Becoming an Olympian is a rare accomplishment in a normal time, but you did it during a global pandemic," she added.
  • "Your entire nation is cheering you on and we are grateful for what you’ve given us: the chance to come together in common awe and appreciation for your accomplishments and the shared joy of rooting for our country on the edge of our seats."

The big picture: Biden led the U.S. Olympic delegation in Tokyo on Friday as part of her first solo international trip.

  • The first lady also met with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and participated in the Olympics opening ceremony.
  • 613 Olympians, plus a handful of alternates ready to step in at a moment's notice, are representing the United States in Tokyo over the next two weeks.

Worth noting: The games have kicked off to a rocky start as athletes and staff increasingly report positive coronavirus tests.

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Unvaccinated athletes face 21-day quarantine at Beijing Olympics

Logos for the 2022 Winter Olympics at Yanqing Ice Festival in February in Beijing. Photo: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

Athletes, staff members and journalists at the 2022 Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games who have not been vaccinated against the coronavirus will be required to quarantine for three weeks, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) outlined in its newly published "playbooks."

Why it matters: The quarantine period is longer than the Games themselves, meaning vaccinations or an earlier arrival date will be required to participate in or cover the Games.

Scoop: Trump's new social network quietly courting influencers

Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

Former President Trump’s elusive new social media network Truth Social — which plans to go public — is reaching out to internet influencers asking them to “reserve their spots” for when it launches in February or March.

Why it matters: The outreach doesn’t mention Trump’s name or affiliation. Some influencers suggest that could be a ploy to enlist their support without realizing the affiliation.

The SAT is going digital

A practice SAT. Photo: Alex Garcia/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

The College Board announced Tuesday that the SAT will be delivered digitally in the U.S. in 2024.

Why it matters: The College Board said it's seeking to make the SAT "more relevant," as some colleges start to ditch the college admissions exam altogether.