Friday, August 10, 2012
As the world knows, the London Olympics have been in the news. Dozens of foreign-born athletes who immigrated to the United States have represented Team USA. Here are some of the top Americans who came from other lands:
Lopez Lomong, the Sudan 'Lost Boy'. One of the "Lost Boys" of Sudan, he came to the United States at the age of 16, fleeing civil war and life in a refugee camp. Event -- 5,000-meter run. Lomong qualified for the 5000 meter finals.
Danell Leyva, Gymnast Whose Family Fled Cuba. Leyva's mother brought him to Miami from Cuba as an infant in 1993. His stepfather and coach, Yin Alvarez, defected from Cuba by swimming across the Rio Grande River into the United States while the Cuban national team was competing in Mexico.
Foluke Akinradewo, Volleyball Player. Akinradewo, U.S. middle blocker, was born in London, Ontario, Canada in 1987 and is a citizen of three countries: Canada, Nigeria and the U.S.
Photo Courtesy of Leo Manzano.com
Leo Manzano, Son of an Undocumented Migrant Worker. Born in Mexico, Leo Manzano moved with his family to Texas at the age of 4 where he soon began running. His father had supported the family as a migrant worker, frequently crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally to find jobs. Leo became a U.S. citizen in 2004. Manzano won a silver medal in a thrilling 1500 meter final.
Liezel Huber, Tennis. At age 15, Liezel Huber moved to the United States from South Africa to attend the Van Der Meer Tennis Academy in Hilton Head, S.C. She has lived in the United States since 1992. She married Tony Huber, an U.S. citizen, in February 2000 and became a U.S. citizen.
Bernard Lagat, Distance Runner. Growing up on the family farm in Kapsabet, Kenya, Bernard Lagat would run 1.5 miles to school in the morning and then run home in the afternoon. Lagat, 37, has lived in the United States since 1996 and graduated from Washington State University. He became a U.S. citizen and started competing for the United States.
Mariya Koroleva, Synchronized Swimmer From Russia. Born in Yaroslavl, Russia in 1990, Mariya Koroleva grew up in Concord, California, after the family immigrated to the United States.
For more about immigrant athletes on Team USA, click here.