There's a reason why Lopez Lomong was the flag-bearer for the U.S. contingent at the Opening Ceremonies in Beijing.
The 5,000-meter runner, who somehow escaped a horrific childhood as a Sudanese Lost Boy, got to run in front of his similarly rescued younger brothers at the Trials and finished third behind Galen Rupp and Bernard Lagat.
"There are a lot of kids who are still going through the same thing I went through, who are still getting kidnapped, who are still being trained as child soldiers, who are going through all these things," said Lomong (via ESPN). "I didn't want my brothers to be kidnapped like I was, I wanted them to be safe and come live in the United States like I did."
On top of all that, he ran an incredible race in April, forgetting how many laps he had completed but still running the world's leading time.
If anybody deserves an Olympic medal, it's this guy.