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Thursday, September 14, 2000
Chelsea Clinton arrives in Sydney with U.S. delegation

 SYDNEY (AP) -- A smiling Chelsea Clinton arrived at the Olympics, flying in Thursday with a U.S. delegation that offered a strong anti-drug message.

 Chelsea, who is representing her parents as part of the official U.S. delegation, joined Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala and Barry McCaffrey, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, for the six-day visit.

 Shalala made a brief statement to journalists as Chelsea stood with McCaffrey and other delegation members. No questions were permitted, and the delegation then departed in a motorcade.

 The group's agenda includes a news conference Saturday on U.S. support for anti-drug measures at the Salt Lake City Games in 2002, as well as taking in some Olympic sights, including Friday's opening ceremony, a U.S.-China match in women's soccer and a U.S.-Cuba match in women's basketball.

 Shalala said the Olympics provide the highest level of athletic competition, along with the inspiration for all people to become more physically active.

 "When these games are over, and even during the games, we need to get out of our seats, away from our televisions, off the Web, and into a healthy and active lifestyle," Shalala said, with Chelsea smiling and nodding in agreement. "Physical activity, good nutrition and staying away from drugs and tobacco can prevent serious illnesses before they occur."

 Shalala also expressed hope that the Olympics would "live out the ideal that the Games must be fair and drug free."

 Chelsea, 20, is taking a term off from Stanford University, where she is a senior, to spend the final months of the Clinton presidency with her parents.

 Tall and poised, Chelsea has often been a silent, smiling presence at her father's side during official trips and functions. Her trip with the U.S. delegation to Sydney amounts to her solo debut representing the U.S. first family overseas.

 The White House remains sensitive about Chelsea's privacy, although certain details of her life have become clear, such as the fact that she is dating a fellow Stanford student, Jeremy Kane. He has accompanied Chelsea on a few White House trips in recent months, and is now working as a White House intern for the fall term.

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