Mo Farah, Olympic Gold Medal Hero, Held By Customs Officials As a Terrorist Threat Before Returning Home to Portland


Mo Farah, the Somali-born Olympic athlete who won two gold medals for Great Britain, is tired of being detained by U.S. Customs officials when he tries to enter the country, because of his birth country. He even tried to present his gold medals in the ultimate “do you know who I am?” move.

“I couldn’t believe it. Because of my Somali origin I get detained every time I come through US Customs. This time I even got my medals out to show who I am, but they wouldn’t have it.”

Farah was most recently trying to return to Portland, Oregon where he lives and trains near Nike headquarters, and to see his family for Christmas. He was questioned by Customs officials, something that he says happens constantly. In fact, Farah also claims that on a previous entry, he was told he would have to stay in Toronto for 90 days, before the issue was resolved.

[photo via USA Today Sports Images]

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