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10 Olympians with medals in philanthropy

By: Chanie Kirschner on Dec. 30, 2013, 12:12 p.m.
Lopez Lomong

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Lopez Lomong

Lopez Lomong has always been running. At the young age of 6, he was abducted from his family in South Sudan and nearly died in captivity. Carried on the backs of friends for three days, he eventually escaped to Kenya where he lived for 10 years, and then made his way to the United States, where he became an Olympic runner, competing in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. In 2008, he was the flagbearer for the U.S. at the opening ceremony. Lomong partnered with World Vision (a Christian relief and advocacy organization) to create 4 South Sudan, a foundation that seeks to bring clean water, education, health care and nutrition to families in his home country. His 2012 autobiography “Running for My Life” details his incredible journey.