2008 Summer Olympic Games

Season 1 Episode 1

Opening Ceremony

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Aired Daily 8:00 PM Aug 08, 2008 on NBC

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    • The U.S. Olympic team chose as its flagbearer Lopez Lomong, a former refugee from Sudan who lived in a refugee camp in Kenya for a decade. He became a U.S. citizen in 2007 and made the Olympic team as a member of the 1,500-meter squad in July 2008.

      The selection of Lomong is widely seen as a message of protest over the Chinese government's backing of the government of Sudan. Government-supported militia groups have attacked bands of rebels and civilians in the Darfur region of western Sudan, leading to an estimated 200,000 deaths in recent years.

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