Running for My Life: One Lost Boy’s Journey from the Killing Fields of Sudan to the Olympic Games by Lopez Lomong and Mark Tabb is not the first time I have read about the Child Soldiers who are forced to fight in war at a very young age. Lopez Lomong was kidnapped at the age of 6 years old in South Sudan in order to be trained as a child soldier. After his escape, he spent ten years as a refugee in Kenya where he spent a lot of his time running as he played soccer. At the age of 16, Lopez moved to America to be placed with a family. Lopez continued his love of running, and he began to think about running for American in the Olympics. In 2008 he ran for the first time in the Olympics and he will again be running in the 2012 London Olympics after he placed 3rd in the 5000 meter qualifying race. I cannot wait to watch the Olympics and look for him as he races for the USA. His story was one that truly inspired me. He faced so many difficulties in his life, and he was able to overcome them to compete at the highest level in the sport of Track and Field.
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