Though I now live in America, I was born and raised in Equatorial Guinea. Eric Moussambani is one of our few internationally recognizable heroes and he is a source of national pride for everyone from my country. He may not have won the race or set any new records, but he did something that no one else from our country has done. It is impossible not to be moved by his story, especially if you are familiar with the living conditions in our home country.
I believe that one day a boy or girl from Equatorial Guinea who has been inspired by Eric's story will swim for a gold medal in the Olympics.