(CNN) – This year's closely watched Olympics rivalry between Team U.S.A. swimmers Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte has Americans picking sides, including presumptive GOP Mitt Romney. First lady Michelle Obama, however, is keeping her pick under wraps.
Asked simply to pick "Phelps or Lochte" on NBC Friday, Romney went with probability, rather than passion.
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"I think it's more likely to be Phelps but I don't know," Romney said.
NBC attempted to pose the same question to Michelle Obama, who is leading the American delegation to the 2012 games. Weatherman Al Roker, in a moment of confusion, asked the first lady for her "thoughts on Ryan vs. Lochte."
Obama, however, seemed to understand what Roker was getting at.
"Go Team U.S.A.!" she declared, avoiding a choice between the two American athletes.
Romney and Mrs. Obama will both attend Friday evening's opening ceremony.
Later in the morning, Mrs. Obama spoke at an event for Team U.S.A. athletes, saying their achievements were being felt back home.
"You never know who you're inspiring," Obama said "You just never know. From a family like ours on the South Side of Chicago to young athletes who are going to pick up a soccer ball or start running after watching something that you all do. I know for many of you, that's how you got here, watching someone else. So you never know who you're going to inspire, because all of you are certainly inspiring me every day."
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