“Once a Lost Boy, Olympian triumphs in life” (Lopez Lomong carries the flag of the United States)


USA in Beijing 2008 Opening”



Lomong returned to Sudan to be reunited with his parents. After he was taken, they had searched for him without success. Eventually, they held a funeral for him and buried some of his possessions.

The family went to the grave site and dug up what they had placed there. “I’m alive again,” he says.

There are others who are not. You cannot help but look at Lomong and think of others who vanished, others who had their lives altered and their dreams ripped from them, others who died.

As Lomong, who competes in the 1,500-meter run, marched forward on a magical night, he represented them all.

The rest of us, too.


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