This is my favorite Olympics story. Ever. And
Lomong is alive today because as a forced child soldier in Sudan, he put down his gun, and pretty much ran across the country until he found a priest.
After the long process that is finding foster parents in a safer country, Lomong was adopted by the Robert and Barbara Rogers, who live in the small town of
He ran track and cross country for Tully High School, becoming as big a celebrity as an athlete in those sports becomes.
I hope there's some sort of journalism award out there for Maureen Sieh, who holds the title of Urban Affairs Editor at our local paper, The Post-Standard. She's been writing about Lomong for a while now, and she recently
In July of 2007, he was granted U.S. citizenship, and he qualified for the men's 1500 meter in this year's Olympics.
About 500 people showed up
Paccia and his wife, along with the Rogerses, are
The men's 1500m takes place August 15 in the morning. I know Central New York will be holding its collective breath.