What: The track athlete was the flag bearer for the U.S. Olympic team during the opening ceremony of the Beijing Games. What makes the occasion even more special is that Lomong is one of the Lost Boys of Sudan. When he was 6, he was separated from his parents at gunpoint and made his way to a refugee camp in Kenya. In 2001, he was brought to the United States as part of a program to relocate kids from war-torn Sudan.
When: The opening ceremony was held Friday in China.
Why: “It’s more than a dream,” Lomong said. “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.”