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RUNNING FOR HIS LIFE
From childhood military hostage to Olympic hopeful, Lopez Lomong is in the finals for the men’s 5,000 meters mia schauffler multimedia reporter
Lopez Lomong has been running since he was 6 years old. In 2008, he ran with the American flag in the Beijing Olympics. In April, he set a 2012 world-best time in the men’s 5,000-meter race. Earlier this month, he ran in the Prefontaine Classic here in Eugene, finishing fifteenth in the Bowerman Mile, with a time of 3:55.14. But when he began running at the age of 6, it was not for competition or joy — he was escaping from a rebel militant group in South Sudan that had kidnapped him. “We didn’t have much, but we always had food and dancing and singing,” Lomong recalls of his childhood. “One morning when we went to church, a troop of soldiers came in and ordered everyone to lay down.” He says that in Sudan everybody lived a mile or two away from each other, and church was a guaranteed place to find a large group of children together. “They took all the kids, including myself, into a truck that was covered with canvas so we couldn’t see where we were going,” he says. “We drove blindfolded for three or four hours, and when we got there, there were only boys. We didn’t know what happened to the girls.” Conditions at the camp were terrible. “The grain they gave us to eat was mixed 50 percent with sand,” he says. “If you ate it all together, your stomach wouldn’t digest it, and you would die. When you’re hungry, you eat everything you can. Children were dying every day.” The rebel soldiers who kidnapped Lomong wanted to turn him into a child soldier. “An AK-47 became my toy,” he says. “It’s harder to train 18-20 year olds. It’s easier to train young kids and brainwash them.” In the camp, he had three friends who also were taken from his village. After noticing a hole in the fence, they woke him up in the middle of the night and told him he was going to see his family again. “We ran for three days and three nights,” Lomong says. “And we thought we were going to our village, but we ended up in Kenya, which turned out to be our home for a decade.” He and his friends arrived at the refugee camp in Kenya funded by the United Nations. The U.N. issued Lomong a tarp, cooking oil, salt, sugar, as well as flour and advised him to go find other kids to live with. He found a group of kids, and they all consolidated their food to eat one meal a day. “Tuesday was the garbage day from the U.N. compound,” he says. “They would bring the garbage into the refugee camp to be burned. But we ate the garbage. The spoiled food from the compound was our delicacy. They never had to burn the garbage.” Lomong lived in the camp for ten years. In 2000, a U.S. government program offered refugee status for those dubbed “The Lost Boys of Sudan” and provided him with a way out of the refugee camp. “We always had optimism that God would hear our cries,” he says. “One day, people at the church in the refugee camp told us ‘If you guys want to go to America, write your life story and maybe you’ll go to America.’ I came back and wrote my life story in Swahili and brought it back to church, which had become the post office of the camp. They collected and mailed them because we didn’t have money to send it to the American embassy.” Lomong was interviewed and selected to come to America. He flew to Syracuse, N.Y., and was adopted by an American family. “I kept pinching myself to wake up,” he says. “Being rich in Africa means you have your own soccer ball and bike. My parents had three cars, a bike, a basketball and a soccer ball. I didn’t think I was going to stay there long. I’d thought I’d have to go back to work, but they gave me my childhood back. They loved me unconditionally like their own kid. I was just so thankful to be able to call someone mom and dad that would take care of me.” He started high school and says learning English and the culture was very difficult. He also began running cross-country. “Running is part of life in Africa,” he says. “If you want to get somewhere faster, you have to run — that is part of life. There are no cars. “In cross-country, I got to learn English and make friends. I couldn’t speak Swahili when others were speaking English.
jeff matarrese PHOTOGRAPHER Oregon Track Club Elite runner Lopez Lomong competes in the prelims of the men’s 5,000 meters. Lomong was adopted from a refuge camp in Kenya and is in the running to represent the U.S. in London this summer.
I learned to communicate, but it was very hard; English is really hard to learn. I learned about community and taking care of your friends — it reminded me of how you take care of your friends in the camp.” After high school, Lomong ran track and cross-country on full scholarship at Northern Arizona University. He won two national titles and got the attention of Nike. During this time, he also learned his biological mother was still alive. “I got reconnected with my family from a phone call in 2003,” he
says. “My mom was looking for me in the refugee camp and heard about me coming to America. I signed with Nike to go professional to help my family as much as I can.” Four years later in 2007, HBO sponsored him to go see his family for the first time since he was 6 years old. “We had a great celebration, and I brought my younger brothers
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physical disability possible on her way to becoming one of the best athletes of her generation. She was born prematurely on June 23, 1940, weighing just 4.5 lbs. At age four, she was diagnosed with infantile paralysis. This required her to wear a brace on her entire left leg for five years. As a result, her foot became twisted and her mobility limited. When Wilma’s mother brought her into the doctor’s office to seek a cure, the doctor told them that Wilma would never be able to walk again. Mrs. Rudolph would not give up. She discovered a medical college in Nashville, Tenn., roughly 50 miles from their home in Clarksville, where Wilma could be treated. The two made the trip to Nashville twice a week for two years to go through physical therapy and reconstruction. In order for her left foot to regain proper form, Rudolph was forced to wear an orthopedic shoe during this time. She was famously remembered as saying, “My doctor told me I would never walk again. My mother told me I would. I believed my mother.” By the time she was 12, she had fully recovered. In addition to overcoming the odds of being able to walk, she had also battled a variety of severe diseases including measles, chicken pox, scarlet fever, double pneumonia and the whooping cough. As an African-American living in a racially segregated environment, she was unable to obtain proper treatment from doctors. Instead, her mother had to nurse her through these illnesses. With her physical health back to full strength and her athletic career set to take off, she joined her high school’s basketball team. Almost instantly, she was the best athlete on the team, leading the State of Tennessee in scoring and bringing Burt High School a state championship. She participated in track
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over here,” he says. Lomong came back and then ran in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. “That was my biggest dream — to run for this country,” he says. “I was given the opportunity to be the flag bearer; it was so incredible to have that opportunity to meet the president. For those kids who never had the opportunity for anything, who didn’t have a country to run for, when I carried the American flag, it was like my dream had come true. “It was amazing to have the
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“The feeling of accomplishment welled up inside of me ... I knew that was something that nobody could ever take away from me, ever.” WILMA RUDOLPH THREE-TIME GOLD MEDALIST during the off-season to stay in shape, but it was more of an afterthought rather than a focal point — at least until she met the man that changed her life: Ed Temple. Temple was the track and field coach at Tennessee State University and first discovered Rudolph while watching her play in a high school basketball game. He recognized her natural athleticism and persuaded her to take part in his summer track program at the university. By age 16, she qualified to race for the U.S. Olympic Track and Field team in the 1956 Melbourne Games. She returned home from Australia with a bronze medal in the 4×100-meter relay, but that accolade would be an appetizer in comparison to what she would do in the next Olympic Games. Four years later, at the Summer Olympics in Rome, she turned in one legendary performance after another. She became the first American woman in history to win three gold medals in a single Olympic Games. She won the 100 meters with a time of exactly 11 seconds. This was a world record at the time but was not credited as such because the race was determined to be windaided. Additionally, she set an Olympic record in the 200 meters with a time of 23.2. Finally, she brought home her third gold medal as she anchored the 4×100-meter relay to a world-record finish of 44.5. This victory was perhaps extra sweet because it not only clinched her a spot in the history books
as the first woman to bring home three golds in a single Olympics, but also her three teammates in the race were all friends and teammates of hers at Tennessee State: Martha Hudson, Lucinda Williams and Barbara Jones. “The feeling of accomplishment welled up inside of me, three Olympic gold medals,” she said after the Games. “I knew that was something that nobody could ever take away from me, ever.” Just two years later, at age 22, Rudolph retired from professional track and field competition. She raised a family of four children with her high school sweetheart Robert Eldridge. She graduated f r o m Te n n e s s e e S t a t e University and would later become a teacher, track coach and sports commentator. Rudolph passed away from brain cancer on November 12, 1994, at age 54. The Woman’s Sports Foundation Wilma Rudolph Courage Award was created in her honor, among numerous other awards, statues and foundations named after her. This award is given to a “female athlete who exhibits extraordinary courage in her athletic performance, demonstrates the ability to overcome adversity, makes significant contributions to sports and serves as an inspiration and role model to those who face challenges, overcomes them and strives for success at all levels.” Wilma Rudolph will be honored this Saturday, June 30, at Hayward Field prior to the women’s 200-meter final.
people who supported me, who didn’t see me as a refugee kid but as a fellow American. It was a chance to say thank you to this country.” Since then, Lomong has started the Lopez Lomong Foundation, which partnered with World Vision to establish 4 South Sudan, The partnership aims to “meet the needs of South Sudanese people through water, healthcare, education, and nutrition.” The foundation has already raised $100,000 for clean water and started drilling wells; the next target on his agenda is education. “Every time I go to Africa,
very horrible things are happening,” he says. “Children and girls are not going to school. It’s hard to fathom how other people are being denied education. I’m learning how to help South Sudan, newest country on earth.” As for the present, he is back in Eugene right now for the Olympic Trials — “And then to England to run for the gold medal for the U.S.,” Lomong says. “Because I owe this country so much.” Lomong took first in his heat in the men’s 5,000 meters and is slated to run the final on Thursday evening.
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ScEnE nate barrett The Pacific International Children’s Choir at the opening ceremonies of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field. The choir will kick off the Oregon Bach Festival on Friday June 29 at 6:45 PM.
Classically Oregon Starting June 29 and going until July 15, Eugene will be hosting events with the annual Oregon Bach Festival angela allison special sections reporter
The Oregon Bach Festival is an incredible annual event in Oregon. The international music festival runs from June 29 — July 15 and takes place in Eugene, Portland and surrounding cities. It is a world-class celebration of Johann Sebastian Bach and his musical descendents. The festival packs nearly 60 events into 18 days, with musicians from around the world and audiences across the country. The OBF is a program connected to the University of Oregon and especially emphasizes learning and teaching. There are many musical opportunities at every level throughout the two weeks. The focal point is, of course, the performances. There are also numerous concerts at various venues in Eugene and Portland. The festival also generates individual concerts in Ashland, Astoria, Bend, Corvallis and Lincoln City. In Eugene, most of the events are at the Hult Center or the University of Oregon’s School of Music and Dance. The OBF’s founding conductor, Helmuth Rilling, will be retiring after next year’s festival, so it is one of your last chances to see this conducting legend. Rilling, one of the world’s foremost Bach interpreters, is from Stuttgart, Germany, and has been with the Bach festival
since its inception in 1970. Opening night — taking place on June 29 in Eugene and June 30 in Portland — will feature rockstar violinist Joshua Bell and founding conductor Rilling. They will be performing Felix Mendelssohn’s elegant music, which is truly accessible for all ears. The festival is a mix of musicians, students and community members, all coming together for their love of music and Bach. The festival seamlessly incorporates Bach’s work with other classical music as well as modern music. There is truly something for everyone. The OBF Director of Communications George Evano has been working with the festival for 20 years. He has seen it grow and change over the years, but ultimately, the festival’s powerful sentiment remains unchanged. “The music, the friendliness, the joy seems to take over the town, and I think it’s a wonderful thing,” Evano said. For the first time, the OBF is taking over Cuthbert Amphitheater, a massive outdoor stage in Eugene’s popular Alton Baker Park. Pink Martini will be performing with guest vocalist Storm Large on July 1. Another powerful performance that is not to be missed is “A Child of Our Time.” This moving concert combines a joyous mass by J.S. Bach, written in the
“The music, the friendliness, the joy seems to take over the town, and I think it’s a wonderful thing,” GEORGE EVANO bach festival communications director
early 1700s, and a choral work composed by Michael Tippett at the start of World War II. It integrates wonderful orchestrated spirituals in its statement against the war. If you’re on a budget, there are free opportunities at the festival. On July 2 at 4:30 p.m., nearly 100 singers from the Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy will perform a free public concert at the Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend. That same day at noon, Central Lutheran Church presents a free concert performed on its Brombaugh organ. Student tickets are available at the low price of $10 for nearly every concert. Tickets for adults, seniors and community members range from $10 – $67.
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Eugene has several options for a fun afternoon of golf kate burke special sections reporter
Golfing is a fun day activity for the whole family to enjoy in Eugene’s usual summer sunshine at a fairly reasonable price. Whether you’re hoping to play a long game
or just hit it off at the driving range, there are a few places that can get you out there hitting in no time. Located on 2700 Columbia Street and just 1.5 miles away from the University of Oregon, Laurelwood Gold Course is the closest. Golfers
can play 18 holes for $25 or nine holes for $15 on a green lined with trees. Power-carts are available for rent as well as clubs and equipment. To book a tee time or check specials, check out their website at golflaurelwood.com. Oakway Golf, five miles
from the UO, is another course offering 18 holes at $24 and nine holes at $16 on weekends. Clubs can be rented for $7 and pull-carts for $3 — but you won’t find power carts here. No reservations are needed to golf, however, and there are
special rates for seniors. The furthest course from the UO, Fiddler’s Green, is 10 miles away but offers the lowest price. The green features a flat, 18-hole course, a lighted and covered driving range (perfect for those rainy Eugene days) and putting
as well as chipping greens. Summer rates vary from $8 to $15 depending on the number of holes, and golfers can also rent clubs for $3.50 and carts for $3. Go to fiddlersgreen.com/golfcourse. com for more information. news @ dailyemerald . com
Off the Waffle’s menu features more than just breakfast
The Orian brothers brought Belgian Liege waffles to Oregon diana higgins special sections reporter
If you are looking for a unique Eugene dining experience, Off the Waffle is sure
to deliver. On 25th Avenue and Willamette Street, the restaurant serves Belgian Liege waffles of all varieties. This waffle is yeast-based and contains imported Belgian-pearled sugar, which caramelizes within the waffle to give it its rich and sweet taste.
Owners and brothers Omer and Dave Orian always enjoyed these Liege waffles from the street vendors near their home in Belgium. The brothers’ business is recognizable for its logo, “The waffle guy” with long, bright orange hair, which resembles the
brothers themselves. The pair decided to bring these type of waffles to Eugene in a variety of both savory and sweet options. You can get your waffle topped with bacon, basil, havarti cheese and maple syrup Alyssa 6.1 for a savory and delicious meal or ice cream, banana,
whipped cream, almonds and chocolate sauce if you are in the mood for something sweeter. These are just two of the 16 different signature waffles that Off the Waffle offers. If none of the signature flavors suit you, you can get creative and even make a custom
waffle with your choice of the many toppings. The restaurant has great food that is filling and affordable, with options other than waffles for the less adventurous restaurant-goer. specialsections @dailyemerald . com
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photos by turner maxwell photographer 1 Track fans can take a seat on the turf and watch the Olympic Trials on two large TV screens set up in the TrackTown12 festival area. 2 A young track fan poses while he clean and jerked a fake olympic bar and weights at the Otterbox booth on Sunday. 3 Fans get the chance to catch a picture and signature with the new decathlon world record holder Ashton Eaton in the festival area on Sunday. 4 Young fans interact and learn more about track and field at the Starting Block in TrackTown12’s festival area on Sunday. 5 Track fans experience Nike’s Speed Tunnel near Hayward Field on Sunday. 6 Track fans get to try on Nike’s new LunarGlide+ 4 and Flyknit trainers at the Nike Camp Victory in the festival area near Hayward Field.
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