HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT HAITI’S OLYMPIC TEAM ?
Four of Haiti’s five Olympians at the London Games have something in common — they’re not from Haiti—the Associated Press reports.
With millions of Haitians living on $2 a day or less and hundreds of thousands of people rendered homeless by a devastating earthquake two years ago, the country struggles to produce world-class athletes. But those with Haitian links are still eager to represent the small Caribbean country.
“I still feel Haitian even if I wasn’t born there,” 21-year-old sprinter Marlena Wesh said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.
Wesh, who will run in the 200 and 400-meter races at the Olympics, grew up in Virginia and is a senior at Clemson University. Her parents are from Haiti.
Besides having family ties to Haiti, the four foreign-born Olympians will be competing in track and field, including the former college roommate of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Samyr Laine, a 28-year-old triple jumper, is from New York and roomed with Zuckerberg at Harvard. He was the 14th person to sign up for Zuckerberg’s social networking site.