'Lost Boy' Lomong to Carry US Flag at Olympics

'Most exciting day of my life,' says former Sudanese refugee

By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 7, 2008 2:05 AM CDT

(Newser) – Former Darfur "Lost Boy" refugee Lopez Lomong, who became a US citizen one year ago, has been chosen to carry the Stars & Stripes at tomorrow's opening ceremony of the Olympics. "This is the most exciting day of my life," Lomong, 23, told the Boston Globe. "The American flag means everything." The 1,500-meter runner spent a decade in a Kenyan refugee camp before coming to America.



Former Sudanese refugee Lopez Lomong has been chosen to carry the US flag at the Olympic opening ceremonies.
Former Sudanese refugee Lopez Lomong has been chosen to carry the US flag at the Olympic opening ceremonies.   (AP Photo)
Former Sudanese refugee Lopez Lomong has been chosen to carry the US flag at the Olympic opening ceremonies.
Former Sudanese refugee Lopez Lomong has been chosen to carry the US flag at the Olympic opening ceremonies.   (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)
Former Sudanese refugee Lopez Lomong has been chosen to carry the US flag at the Olympic opening ceremonies.
Former Sudanese refugee Lopez Lomong has been chosen to carry the US flag at the Olympic opening ceremonies.   (AP Photo/Jake Bacon, File)
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