Saturday, August 9, 2008

I'm Seeing Stars

OK, I admit it. I'm an Olympic junkie. But, seriously, it's like one amazing human interest story after another and the fact that all the different nations are together... well, I'll stop before I start gushing. So far I have only seen the opening ceremonies - which were quite amazing although slightly militaristic at times - but I have already picked out some stars.
Even though this distance runner was not born a U.S. citizen, he was the best choice to be the flag bearer for Team USA. The most important run of Lamong's life was years ago when he ran from militia who forced young boys to become soldiers. He spent years in a refugee camp before he was adopted by an American family. Now he runs for the U.S., but also as a way to get the word out about the troubles in Sudan. Definately check out his story and his campaign for Team Darfur.

Lin Hao
This little nine year old came in alongside the knee of China's NBA star, Yao Ming. Although dwarfed by the basketball player's size, there was no way the camera could move off the excited smile that survived the epicenter of the Sichuan earthquake. After the quake Lin went back to help other students get free and encouraged them while rescuers pulled them from the rubble. 20 out of his 30 classmates didn't make it. Are you crying yet? His little three foot frame and miniature flag certainly stole the show.

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