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Lopez Lomong: A day in the life of an Olympian

Photographer Jon Warren spent a day with former lost boy of Sudan, Lopez Lomong, to see what a day looks like for Lopez as he trains for the Olympics.

We have shared Lopez Lomong’s journey — from life as a lost boy in Sudan, to finding a new home in America, to his rise as an athlete.

Now, we want to show you what a day looks like for Lopez as he trains for the Olympics. World Vision photographer Jon Warren traveled to Flagstaff, Arizona, to spend a day with Lopez before he left to compete in London.

Lopez’s preliminary race will be televised today. Check your listings for the men’s 5,000-meter run, and cheer Lopez on.

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Photographer Jon Warren spent a day with former lost boy of Sudan, Lopez Lomong, to see what a day looks like for Lopez as he trains for the Olympics.
Before running, Lopez carefully stretches and warms up to avoid injury. (©2012 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)
Photographer Jon Warren spent a day with former lost boy of Sudan, Lopez Lomong, to see what a day looks like for Lopez as he trains for the Olympics.
Preparing for a long day of training ahead, Lopez laces up his running shoes. (©2012 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)
Photographer Jon Warren spent a day with former lost boy of Sudan, Lopez Lomong, to see what a day looks like for Lopez as he trains for the Olympics.
Lopez Lomong, Olympic 5,000-meter runner for Team USA, trains in Flagstaff, Arizona, just before the London Olympics. (©2012 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)
Photographer Jon Warren spent a day with former lost boy of Sudan, Lopez Lomong, to see what a day looks like for Lopez as he trains for the Olympics.
Here, Lopez trains alongside Nike team members. (©2012 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)
Photographer Jon Warren spent a day with former lost boy of Sudan, Lopez Lomong, to see what a day looks like for Lopez as he trains for the Olympics.
Lopez takes a break from his training. (©2012 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)
Photographer Jon Warren spent a day with former lost boy of Sudan, Lopez Lomong, to see what a day looks like for Lopez as he trains for the Olympics.
Lopez enjoys a burger after a long run. (©2012 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)
Photographer Jon Warren spent a day with former lost boy of Sudan, Lopez Lomong, to see what a day looks like for Lopez as he trains for the Olympics.
Lopez signs copies of his book, “Running for My Life,” in between training sessions. (©2012 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)

Be sure to watch Lopez’s qualifying race today, and cheer him on as he runs for Team USA! Check your local listings to find out when the event will be televised.

Want to read Lopez Lomong’s whole story? Check out his book, “Running for my Life.”

Lopez is partnering with World Vision to bring help and hope to the people of South Sudan through interventions like clean water, education, nutritious food, and healthcare. Find out how you can join him in his efforts by visiting LopezLomong.com.

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