Samyr Laine, Facebook Mark Zuckerberg friend represents Haiti at the Olympics

In the 2012 Summer Olympics currently being held in London, Haiti has been able to produce five Olympians in hopes that they will be able to bring international fame and pride to the country.


One of these Olympians is the 28-year-old Samyr Laine, a friend and former roommate of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg while studying at Harvard. Aside from his Summer Olympic gig, Laine is planning on creating a non-profit organization called the Jump for Haiti Foundation that caters to producing future Haitian Olympians. He plans to do this through several camps and clinics and acquiring the needed funding from his friends, including Zuckerberg.

Of the five, only one of them were born and raised in Haiti while the other four grew up in foreign lands. Despite this, they are proud to represent the island nation and are determined to win an Olympic medal, whether it is gold, silver, or bronze

Triple-jumper Laine is joined by sprinter Marlena Wesh, judoka Linouse Desravine, 800-meter runner Moise Joseph, and 100-meter hurdler Jeffrey Julmis in represting the motherland of their parents and themselves. With merely a $400,000 budget on its Olympic Committee, Haiti has a long way in achieving Olympic greatness that could help the country and its people deeply.

The Olympics is the most prominent international sports event in the world that was done originally by the ancient Greeks. It is divided into two main events, the Summer and the Winter Olympic Games, where more than 10,000 athletes from different parts of the world compete in 33 different sports to win an Olympic medal and pride for the country they represent.

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