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FORTY-SEVEN IMMIGRANT ATHLETES COMPETE FOR TEAM US IN RIO

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by Maria Schneider

As the Olympics in Rio come to a close, athletes for Team USA - both native and foreign born - have represented the red, white, and blue. The US sent 555 athletes to the Olympic Games in 27 sports. Forty-seven of Team USA’s competitors were born outside the United States!

Notable immigrant athletes on Team USA included:


  • Danell Leyva (gymnastics) was born in Cuba and defected to Miami, Florida with his mom and sister when he was only two years old. Danell won two silver medals at the Rio Olympics on the men’s parallel bars and the men’s horizontal bar.



  • Meb Keflezighi (track and field) is one of the most decorated US marathoners of all time. Born in Eritrea, he moved to the US at the age of 11. In 2014 he won the Boston Marathon becoming the first American to do so since 1983. Meb will run in the men’s marathon on Sunday, August 21, becoming the oldest US Olympic runner of all time.









  • Kyrie Irving (basketball) was born in Melbourne, Australia while his father pursued a professional career in an Aussie league. He holds dual citizenship and was asked to play on the Australian national team, but chose to play for Team USA.


Congratulations to all the athletes on Team USA and too all the Olympians!


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  1. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    I know that a lot of people are making big money off of the Olympics, so i suppose I shouldn't say this, but I have never understood why it is such a big deal.

    I used to get excited about baseball when I was younger, and I am still a tennis fan (of sorts), but it is hard for me to get worked up about gymnastics and beach volleyball.

    On the other hand, my wife, who is an immigrant, is wild about the Olympics, and she loves it whenever her native country wins a medal, so who am I Io argue about what I consider to be one of the world's most overly hyped non-events?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 08-21-2016 at 07:41 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
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