ATHLETE TO WATCH
Heading into his fourth Olympic Games, U.S. men’s volleyball player Reid Priddy knows how it feels to finish on top. In 2008, Priddy played a vital role late in the United States’ four-set thriller over Brazil for the gold. Now 38 and two years removed from tearing the ACL in his right knee, Priddy will be a veteran presence on a relatively young team U.S. team. The 6-4 outside hitter, just the second four-time Olympian for U.S. men’s volleyball, is on a 12-player team with eight first-time Olympians. David Lee, a middle blocker who was also on the gold medal team from the Beijing Games, is also on the team. The United States opens pool play against Canada.
THIS DATE IN OLYMPICS HISTORY
Aug. 7, 2008: Lopez Lomong, one of the “Lost Boys” of Sudan, was selected to carry the American flag at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics. After growing up in a Kenyan refugee camp, Lomong resettled with a foster family in New York in 2001. Six years later, he became a U.S. citizen. The decision threw an additional spotlight on China in an attempt to force the nation to intervene for humanitarian relief in Darfur, a war-ridden region in West Sudan. Lomong competed for the United States in the 1,500 meter race after finishing third at the Olympic trials. He reached the semifinals after finishing third in his preliminary heat.