Lopez Lomong was one of the Lost Boys of the Sudan. He was born in Sudan, separated from his parents at the point of a gun at age 6, and with the help of friends, he escaped confinement and made it to a refugee camp in Kenya.
In 2001, he was brought to America as part of a program to relocate lost children from war-torn Sudan. Lomong, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, who has been working out at Colorado Springs' Olympic Training Center and the Air Force Academy, won a vote of team captains Wednesday to earn the honor of leading America's contingent into the 90,000-seat Bird's Nest Stadium.
The 1,500-meter track runner will be the flagbearer only 13 months after becoming a U.S. citizen.
"It's more than a dream," Lomong said in an interview with The Associated Press moments after he got the news. "I keep saying, I'm not sure if this is true or not true. I'm making the team and now I'm the first guy coming to the stadium and the whole world will be watching me carry the flag. There are no words to describe it."
Cheer Lemong on tomorrow night as he marches into the Olympic Stadium. Be sure to watch this interview with his American foster parents.
Compared to Lopez' story, winning the Superbowl is banal.