Thursday, 12 July 2012 18:43
KARACHI: Founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg’s friend and roommate Samyr Laine will compete in the triple jump for his parent’s home country of Haiti at the London Olympics.
Laine said that although he and Zuckerberg both have chosen different career paths but they still keep in touch.
He further added that Zuckerberg, a billionaire and has become an icon of youthful business and financial success, while he has set aside career goals to focus on training.
He depends on a $1,250 monthly stipend from the International Olympic Committee for athletes competing for impoverished nations. He sometimes struggles to pay his rent, said Laine.
According to Bloomberg, Laine opened his eyes in the US. On his first trip to Haiti he realized that competition in the US is tough so in order to reach his Olympic goal he must compete for Haiti.
This year alongside Laine, rower Brodie Buckland and wrestler Jesse Ruiz are also athletes who were born in the US, and will compete for foreign countries.
Buckland will vie for Australia, while Ruiz will wear the colours for Mexico.
Sources add that Laine is happy because his best official jump qualifies as the world's 30th-best jump of the year.