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IMMIGRANT OF THE DAY: KIRSTY COVENTRY - OLYMPIC SWIMMER

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Coventry
I'm breaking with my pattern and choosing an immigrant tonight who is competing for her home country even though she resides in America. Kirsty Coventry is the great Zimbabwean swimmer who has won gold already at these Olympics and is going for number two. She is an Auburn (AL) University graduate and now lives and trains in Austin, Texas, one of my favorite towns.



Coventry is a heroine in her country at a time when the people of Zimbabwe really need a break. To her credit, she has shown tremendous loyalty to her home country even though she would clearly have made the US team. Coventry recently told this to Reuters:

"I will not stop representing Zimbabwe," she told
reporters. "It is where I was born, my parents live there and I
go back as often as I can and I will never not represent
Zimbabwe as long as I'm swimming.



"I guess when I stop swimming that is when I'll stop
representing Zimbabwe," she said, adding that she plans to go
back home for two weeks after the Games.


Coventry is making the people of America and the people of Zimbabwe proud.

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  1. George Chell's Avatar
    I dont know how much she is making the likes of Mugabe proud. Used to work in that part of the world. The difference between Singapore and Southern Africa is glaring. Too many racial divisions in the latter.
  2. Andrew's Avatar
    It has nothing to do with what Mugabe thinks of her (though he did describe her as Zimbabwe's Golden Girl in 2004).

    But for the downtrodden in Zimbabwe and the exiled Diaspora of Zimbabweans around the globe, today is a day of celebration that our kind can compete with and beat the world's best, despite the terrible injustices of home.
  3. CS's Avatar
    I am not sure about how much money she would have made in USA, but for one gold and three silver medals she would have received more than $800,000 bonus only from the swimming federation in Romania, to not include anything from private sponsors and advertisement. I do not believe she did it for money. Mugabe gave her $100,000 in cash I hope she donates the money received from Mugabe.
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