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The One and Only Olympic Feel Good Thread

Discussion in 'All Other Sports' started by wrbanwal, Aug 7, 2008.

  1. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

    Dec 27, 2005
    Feel good stories from this years Olympics

    Former 'Lost Boy' to lead U.S. Olympians in Beijing


    BEIJING, China (CNN) -- A U.S. athlete who overcame the chaos of war in Sudan to become a middle-distance runner in the United States will carry the American flag during Friday's opening ceremony of the 2008 Summer Games.
    Lopez Lomong competes during Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon, last month.

    Lopez Lomong competes during Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon, last month.

    Lopez Lomong, a 23-year-old competitor in the 1,500-meter race, will lead the U.S. Olympic team as the flagbearer.

    Teammates chose him Wednesday, the U.S. Olympic Committee said in a statement.

    Lomong is a member of Team Darfur, a group of athletes committed to raising awareness about chronic violence in the Darfur region of western Sudan.

    He was among roughly 3,800 refugees, dubbed the Lost Boys of Sudan by reporters and aid workers, who were resettled in cities across the United States.

    Nearly all were boys who had been separated by relatives during fighting in Sudan. They endured months of wandering during which thousands died of hunger, disease or attacks by bandits or wild animals.

    Human rights groups have faulted China for doing too little to pressure Sudan, its trading partner, to halt unremitting bloodshed in the Darfur region. An estimated 300,000 people have died and 2.5 million have been forced from their homes in a campaign of violence in Darfur that the United States has condemned as genocide.

    The Chinese government this week revoked the visa of Team Darfur's co-founder, speedskating gold medalist Joey Cheek, the group said without offering a reason.

    Lomong said he is thrilled to be a flagbearer.

    "This is the most exciting day ever in my life," he said in a USOC statement. "I'm here as an ambassador of my country, and I will do everything I can to represent my country well." See who has carried the U.S. flag in past Olympic Games ยป

    At age 6, Lomong fled his home in southern Sudan with his family to escape an attack but became separated from his relatives, the USOC says. He ended up in a refugee camp near the border of Sudan and Kenya, the USOC says.

    Lomong was uprooted in 1991 by a grinding civil war in Sudan that pitted black southerners who practiced Christianity and animist religions against a government dominated by Arab Muslims from northern Sudan.

    The north-south war in Sudan killed 2 million people and displaced 4 million others before a 2005 peace deal ended the fighting. Yet violence still rages in the unrelated conflict that erupted in 2003 in the western region of Darfur.

    Lomong spent 10 years in the refugee camp before the U.S. government resettled him as a refugee in the town of Tully, in upstate New York.

    Lomong attended high school in Tully and went on to Northern Arizona University. He became a U.S. citizen in July 2007.

    "The American flag means everything in my life -- everything that describes me, coming from another country and going through all the stages that I have to become a U.S. citizen," Lomong said in the USOC statement. "This is another amazing step for me in celebrating being an American."
  2. Lightning's Girl

    Lightning's Girl Mod Chick =) Staff Member Moderator

    Jan 15, 2007
    Yanno, for the past 7 years I've wondered what in the blue funk the IOC was thinking when it awarded the Games to China, what with its lovely human rights record (choke, gag) and its horrendous pollution (again, choke, gag).

    Last night, I understood. I have never, in nearly a half-century of living, seen a spectacle such as those opening ceremonies. It was a truly magnificent, world-class show put on for the entire planet, from a country I had seriously underestimated. How in the hell is anyone gonna top THAT??:tup:

    Now I wonder what they've got cooked up for the closing ceremonies.............In the meantime, LET THE GAMES BEGIN!! And GO USA!!!!!!:flag:
  3. Thumper

    Thumper WHS

    Aug 24, 2005
    So when do the Olympics start anyway? :icon_shrug:
  4. Kwak

    Kwak ....

    May 25, 2006
    Except for some outright cheating by the host country and fukd up judging, it has been a good Olympics. My wife is a gymnastics fan and those events are just pissing me off.

    I think I am going to just stick with watching the events that are not based on someones opinion.

    Score Board.
  5. EsDee_in_RI

    EsDee_in_RI Well-Known Member

    Jan 15, 2008

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