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Immigrant of the Day: Giuseppe Lanzone - Olympic Athlete

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Rower Giuseppe Lanzone came from a small town in Peru before his mother moved the family to Virginia when Giuseppe was 15 years old. He began rowing competitively in high school while also playing on his schools' football team.  He went on to row for the University of Washington where he graduated with a communications degree in 2005.


Like many on the US team, immigration factored in to his career. NBC reports


After graduating college, Lanzone returned to Peru for a couple of months, as he hadn't spent significant time there since he left at age 15. When he returned to the U.S., he showed up at Princeton to train with the national team. While he was aiming to make the world championship team in 2006, Lanzone had other things to worry about as well, namely the status of his citizenship. He made the world team, but needed a U.S. passport in order to compete. Two days before the crew left for Eton, Great Britain, Lanzone got a call from his high school coach, Jim Mitchell, who told him he had to get to Washington D.C. that afternoon because his citizenship had gone through. "It takes about three-and-a-half hours to get to D.C. from Princeton," Lanzone said. "I got there in two hours and forty-five minutes." Changing in the parking lot, Lanzone had his interview and took the test, passing with a perfect score. "I was sworn in the next morning, they gave me my passport, and I drove back to Princeton for practice that afternoon."


His good looks and athletic skills have combined to give him a career in modeling. Lanzone has modeled the 2008 and 2012 Team USA outfits for Ralph Lauren, the appointed designer.


Lanzone competed in the 8 man rowing event. The team finished fourth, a solid finish for Team USA.

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