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Team Rwanda
April 21, 2012 6:56 PM   Subscribe

Philip Gourevitch tells the story of Team Rwanda, the national cycling team that is helping the country and the team members to escape their tragic history. Tom Ritchey's bike org Project Rwanda created the team in 2007, hiring coach Jock Boyer and recruiting five athletes. The riders, children of the 1990s civil war and genocide, now earn a good salary from the sport they love, and are providing for their families, starting businesses, and bringing pride to their country and villages.

Watch (and root) for Adrien Niyonshuti mountain biking in the 2012 Olympics.

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posted by domnit (2 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
good story, but i also wonder what will happen to the cyclists since gourevitch mentioned relatives coming out of the woodwork for financial support
posted by mlo at 5:36 PM on April 22, 2012


Thanks so much for that.
posted by thankyouforyourconsideration at 12:33 PM on April 23, 2012


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