American Dreams: Alex and Peter Inspired by Brother Lopez Lomong’s Olympic Success
By Stephen Mazzone, MileSplit.com
Back in the fall of 2007, HBO aired a moving documentary about distance runner and U.S. Olympian Joseph “Lopez” Lomong. It told the story of the terrifying early life of the African native, who was kidnapped at the age of 6 by rebel soldiers of the Sudan People Liberation Army (SPLA) and put in a refugee camp miles away from his home.
With two other friends, Lomong escaped the camp where several children died from the unruly treatment. Ten years later he was given the opportunity of a lifetime when he was adopted by an American couple through the Catholic Relief Services. He soon prospered as a runner, starring for Northern Arizona State and making the last two Olympic teams.
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