Adoptees in The Olympics

It’s Olympics time, and I’m sure many of you saw the opening ceremony this past weekend.  It’s been a great Olympics thus far, but I thought I’d take time to break down the adoptees who are competing in this year’s Beijing Olympics.  A majority of this I found while cruising around online and from many of you.  Thanks for your suggestions!

Some of these athletes may not actually make it through the trials or qualifying matches in the Olympics, but I wish them success in the future, and it is a testament to their commitment and passion for their sport.  I’d like to acknowledge all their efforts and congratulate them on their successes.  Great work!  GS

Lopez Lomong – USA, 1,500 meter

Eight years ago, Lopez Lomong didn’t even have a country. Now he’ll be carrying the flag for his adopted nation, leading the U.S. Olympic team at opening ceremonies Friday night.

Lomong, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, 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.

Reese Hoff – The 285-pound athlete can throw a 16-pound shot more than 73 feet, which is just 2 feet short of the world record….

In 1977, Reese’s unmarried, teenage mother could barely make ends meet. Then, at the age of four, Reese burned down his family’s house while playing with a lighter. Not long after, his mother dropped Reese and his brother off at an orphanage.

Mara Perscheid – Tae Kwon Do, USA

You Tube Video of Mara

Corrie Lothrop – Gymnastics

Lothrop did ask her father, Don, during the week if he wanted anything special for Father’s Day, and he replied: “A hit meet would be nice.”

And last Saturday, Don received an early Father’s Day gift from Corrie, certainly the best yet.

Jessica Long – Paralympic swimming.

Jessica was born in Russia in  1992 without the fibula bones in her lower legs. She was adopted from Irkutsk, Russia at 13 months. her parents realized that her legs would have to be removed below the knees (because there were misshapen feel protruding from the small portion of the leg below the knee).


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