The London Olympics will come to a close on Sunday evening, and the US has officially announced that track and field athlete Bryshon Nellum will be the country’s flag bearer during the Closing Ceremony. Nellum will lead a squad of 529 athletes as they say farewell to London and many look forward to Brazil in 2016.
Nellum is a first-time Olympian who ran the first leg of the men’s 4x400m relay, an event in which Team USA took home a silver medal.
The 23-year-old’s road to the Olympics was extremely difficult. During his freshman year at the University of Southern California in 2009, Nellum was shot in the legs by gang members in a car that pulled up alongside him when he was walking home from a party. He was left with injuries in each thigh and his right hamstring, and doctors told him that it was highly unlikely he would ever reach world-class speed again.
“I’m humbled by this incredible privilege,” Nellum said in a statement Friday according to the LA Times. “Four years ago, I wasn...