Lopez Lomong: Olympic Distance Runner

August 8, 2008

Meet Lopez Lomong, a distance runner and former Lost Boy from Sudan. He became a United States citizen in 2007. See more photos, video and read a biography of Lopez below.

Lopez Lomong is in the news today as he carried the United States flag at the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing Olympics. He was chosen by the team captains of the U.S. Olympic team because he evoked such pride in his U.S. citizenship.

As a biography, Lopez Lopepe Lomong was born on January 1st, 1985 in Kimotong, Southern Sudan. He is 23 years old. His parents are Awei Lomong and Rita Namana.

Lopez is a former Lost Boy of Sudan. He relocated to the United States through Catholic charities and lived with his foster family, Robert and Barbara Rogers in New York. He attended Tully High School as a 10th grader. He competed on the cross country and track team, where the school won the state title. He moved on to Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff and was the Division I NCAA indoor champion in the 3000 meters event and the 1500 meters outdoor champion in 2007.

He became a United States naturalized citizen on July 6, 2007.

After competing at NAU, he inked a contract with Nike and turned pro. Watch Lopez compete for Team USA in the 1500 meters event, hopefully in the final on Tuesday, August 19th.

Click below for more photos and video of Lopez Lomong.

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