July 27, 2008

Am I Not Human? Lopez Lomong Makes Olympics Team

UPDATE: Lomong Will Carry US Flag at the Olympics!


The Electronic Village participates in the 'Am I Not Human?' blogging campaign on the 27th of each month. Our goal is to raise awareness necessary to eliminate human rights abuses in Darfur, Haiti, Tibet and elsewhere.

Joseph Lopepe "Lopez" Lomong is a Sudanese native who fulfilled his dream when he qualified for the U.S. Olympic track team.

He finished third in 1,500-meter race at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Ore. The top three finishers in the event earn Olympic berths. He made the U.S. team on his first anniversary as a United States citizen.

Lomong fled Sudan and spent 10 years in a refugee camp. He left the camp in 2001 and found a home and a family on Otisco Lake. He's one of six Sudanese boys who were taken in by Robert and Barbara Rogers.

When he became a citizen last July, Lomong said he wanted to represent the U.S. at the Olympics to show appreciation for the country that offered him a chance to start a new life.

His track career earned him a contract with Nike. Last year, he won the 1,500 meters -- almost a mile -- at the NCAA track and field competition, representing Northern Arizona University. He took time off from college to train for the Olympics. He has one more semester to finish his bachelor's degree in hotel management.

Lomong is an Olympic athlete who remembers his roots. He is a member of Team Darfur. Team Darfur is a group of Olympians using their fame to bring attention to the atrocities taking place in Darfur. I encourage all 'villagers' to cheer for any Team Darfur athlete that competes next month in the Beijing Olympics. They deserve it!

4 comments:

Regina said...

Awesome spotlight! Thanks for sharing this, I wasn't going to watch the Olympics but I will be sure to check him out when he comes on (as long as SOMEONE, hint, hint reminds me to tune in)!!

Villager said...

Regina - Deal! I guess I will go see if young brotha has a Facebook page...

Living Zimbabwe said...

Good for him. One thing that I like is that he does not forget about his roots. Its sad when people take up citizenship in a foreign land and forget about who they are. I will be looking out for him and will be cheering him on. Being from Zimbabwe myself, Zimbabweans are who I will be watching out for and cheering even though they have a very small team and other African countries come after that (to support my brothers and sisters) and then various favorites from around the world [I'm just being honest].

Villager said...

Living Zimbabwe - Thank you for visiting our blog. I hope that Lopez does well...