Rock Star Athlete: Bryshon Nellum
August 10, 2012-- United States Olympic committee today announced that fellow members of Team USA had voted for Bryshon Nellum--whom fought all odds just to make the team--to represent the United States and carry the U.S. flag during the Closing Ceremonies in the London 2012 Games.
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His story is inspirational. Nellum was a freshman at USC when he sustained a hamstring injury. That turned to be the least of his struggles. On the night of October 31, 2008, was shot in the legs. Nellum says, “When I first got shot, I just thought I was never going to walk again. It’s crazy because I never did fall to the ground. I kept going — like, run to safety. I hopped and skipped on one leg, to safety. Ever since then, I have been recovering.” (Read the entire story at 3wiresports.com.) Nellum, a 400 meter track athlete fought his way all the way back to the U.S. Olympic Team.
USOC press release:
Bryshon Nellum selected as Closing Ceremony
flag bearer for 2012 U.S. Olympic Team
LONDON - "I'm humbled by this incredible privilege," said Nellum. "Four years ago I wasn't sure I'd ever run again, and now I'm leading Team USA into the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games. I'm so grateful for the incredible support of my friends and family and I'll never forget these Games." "I'd like to congratulate Bryshon on this tremendous honor," said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun. "His courage embodies the Olympic spirit and he'll represent our team well on Sunday night."