Olympian Lopez Lomong

On this Olympic-themed, inadvertently global podcast, we talk to USA Track and Field Olympian Lopez Lomong, a former Lost Boy of Sudan who came to the United States at the age of 16. Besides running the 5,000-meter event this week, he's doing some incredible things to help people in need through his foundation. Plus, Adam Smith joins us with an Olympic-based Rambo of the Month (spoiler alert: Rambo wins). And being fed-up with NBC's delayed coverage, we decided to go straight to the source and bring in our very own British corespondent to give us the inside scoop on the Olympic Games. Yes people, Lloyd Kinsley joins us on this week's podcast (and thankfully no pigs were harmed in the process). We might be biassed, but we're already giving this episode a gold medal...

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The Lopez Lomong Story

What does the Red, White and Blue mean to you? This is what it means to Lopez Lomong.

The Lopez Lomong Olympic Visa Commercial

Forced by circumstances to run as a child, Lopez Lomong never stopped, even after arriving on the biggest stage in the world. This is the commercial Lopez did with Visa leading up to the 2012 Olympic games.

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Learn more about Lopez and check out his new book, "Running For My Life" at http://lopezlomong.com/

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Question of the Week

What one fear would you like to conquer?

From swimming across the ocean to escaping Sudan and becoming an Olympian, this week's podcast dealt with the issue of overcoming and conquering the challenges set before us. So our question this week is a bit heavier than usual, but an important one nonetheless. We want to know, what one fear would you like to conquer? And while the easy answer might be "heights" or "snakes on a plane," we really want to hear the inside story of your fear and how you might go about conquering it.

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TheKage commented…

My fear of sloths.....

So here's the deal: After my sophomore year of high school, my family and I went on a mission trip to Brazil. At the end of this trip I went on a tour of some of the flooded area of the jungle. A local family met us midway and wanted us to pay them to take pictures with someindigenousanimals they'd captured. Among them was a mother sloth and her baby. As soon as I saw those odd three-toed creatures, I knew that my whole life had been leading up to this moment. I was so ecstatic when I got a chance to hold them that I didn't think anything of the mother's mouth slowly (and I mean sloooowly) moving toward my hand. They seemed so docile, I assumed that she was just going to lick me. Boy, was I wrong. Before I knew it the vampirous creature add clamped on to my finger with deceptively sharp teeth. I was just kind of in shock at this point, not knowing what to think, then eventually coming to the scary realization that I had just been bit by the slowest moving mammal on the planet......

Pretty sure I'm the only person in history who's had to get six rabies shots for a sloth bite.

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Jeff Lorow commented…

I have a fear of heights, but I'd rather not overcome it, since that may involve plunging to my death.

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jjcarlson commented…

I've had a fear of swimming out in the middle of the ocean without a quick means of rescue. It came from watching the movie Jaws when I was really young. What still freaks me out is the idea of being in the water and staring into a deep, dark blue void, but then seeing a speck that turns into a bigger thing, which turns out to be a shark.

My only way of overcoming this fear would be to learn the ways of the sharks, befriend them, implant ideas in their heads while they are asleep, then take them out (or control them).

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Anonymous commented…

Squirrels.

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Anonymous commented…

My biggest fear is my car catching on fire while I am driving. People have always scoffed at me and told me that I am irrational. I believed them, UNTIL I WAS DRIVING ON I-10 AND THE CAR NEXT TO ME BURST INTO FLAMES. I now have no desire to get over this fear and will instead remain vigilant at all times. (P.S. I am pretty sure the people in the car were fine, from what I could see in my rear view mirror as I sped away.)

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