Lopez Lomong: How do you spell “AMERICA”?

Lopez Lomong (second from right) racing at the 2012 US Olympic Team Trials in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo credit: T. Banse/VOA)

In our first piece in the Lopez Lomong series on the Salt Shaker, we shared an overview of his story from World Vision.  Then, Lopez described his terrifying experience of being ripped away from his parents by rebel soldiers at the age of 6. After his kidnapping, Lopez was taken to a camp where boys were forced to become rebel soldiers, killing other people, or dying themselves.  From there, a series of miracles occurred. Lopez was befriended by three older boys in the camp, who rescued him and f … [Read more...]

Lopez Lomong: I Was Running for My Life, Now I Run for Team USA

Lopez Lomong, 27, was born in South Sudan and is now an American track and field Olympic athlete.

What is the most compelling story of the London 2012 Olympics?  The story of Team USA Olympian Lopez Lomong -- one of the "lost boys of Sudan" -- involves the youngest country on the planet, sacrifice, love, hope, sweat and tears.  We look forward to highlighting his adventures, and we join the people of South Sudan in honoring this amazing athlete and human being!  We shared an overview of his story from World Vision, and this is the first in a series of in-depth articles by Lomong:Cold. The … [Read more...]

From Sudanese “Lost Boy” to U.S. Olympian: The Story of Lopez Lomong

Lopez Lomong is a Sudanese-born American runner who proudly carried the U.S. flag in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and will also compete in the London 2012 Olympics. (Photo: Andrea Peer/World Vision)

We are thrilled to highlight the story of Lopez Lomong, who is running with Team USA in the London 2012 Olympics. But behind his remarkable accomplishment is a turbulent — and inspiring — life story of danger, poverty, and ultimate redemption.  This South Sudan native is not only training hard to compete, but is also working tirelessly to bring help and hope to children and families in his home country who continue to struggle one year after the celebration of its independence.  My dream of … [Read more...]