In 2012 Olympic, six immigrant Olympians will go for United States of America. In every Olympic many men and women represent US Olympic team who started their live in somewhere else and this year there are six immigrates hoping to bring gold for USA.
1. Mariya Koroleva: Mariya Koroleva moved to US from Russia for her father’s career and now representing US Olympic team in synchronized swimming. She had to wait several years to get the US citizenship and qualification for the US National Team was the biggest obstacle she faced to get in this position.
2. Meb Keflezighi: During the civil war in Eritrea young Meb Keflezighi moved to Italy with his family. After their refugee permission was granted they moved to San Diego and now he’s competing in marathon. He won the silver medal in 2004 and now hoping for the gold. His name gets into the record book as the oldest man to win the US trials for the marathon.
3. Tony Gunawan: Tony Gunawan won the gold in double badminton for Indonesia in 2000 Sydney Olympics. He then started to coaching and competing for the US team and he got the opportunity this year after getting the US citizenship. His partner Howard Bach is also an immigrant from Vietnam.
4. Khatuna Lorig: Khatuna Lorig is competing in archery and the only athlete to represent three nations in the Olympics. In 1992, she was in United Soviet Team; she competed for Georgia in 1996 and 2000. In 2008 she represented the US Team.
5. Nick Delpopolo: Nick Delpopolo started his life as an orphan in Montenegro orphanage. A New Jersey couple adopted him and now he is the ranked 1 in the US and number 16 in international Judo.
6. Danell Leyva: Danell Leyva comes from a gymnast family. His mother and step-father both was remarkable gymnast in Cuba National Team. He is the current world champion in parallel bars.