Wednesday, August 6, 2008
We previously highlighted the immigrants on Team USA now in China for the 2008 Olympics. A Sudanese 'Lost Boy' refugee will lead the U.S. contingent in the opening ceremony Friday at the 2008 Games. It is but another another incredible chapter to the incredible story of Lopez Lomong when his U.S. Olympic teammates chose him as the flag bearer in Friday's opening ceremony.
Lopez Lomong (born January 1, 1985 in Kimotong, Sudan) qualified for 2008 Summer Olympics in the 1500 meters at the United States Olympic track and field trials in Eugene, Oregon. Lomong is one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, a young refugee who was resettled with a foster family in the United States.
Lomong attended high school in upstate New York where he helped lead the cross country and track teams to sectional and state titles, and later competed for Northern Arizona University. In 2007, Lomong was the division I NCAA indoor champion at 3000 meters and the outdoor champion at 1500 meters.
Lomong is a member of Team Darfur, a group of athletes urging China to exert pressure on Sudan's government to address the violent conflict in Sudan's Darfur