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Olympian Darian Townsend now a U.S. citizen

Some people are always looking for new ways to push themselves and set higher goals. One man who is used to pushing himself as an Olympic swimmer has taken the plunge into new waters as a U.S. citizen. He is not residing in North Carolina, but he will represent all citizens of his new homeland if he makes the U.S. Olympic Swimming Team.

Darian Townsend is used to setting goals and doing whatever it takes to reach them. Now, he said he is seeking new challenges as an official citizen of his adopted country. He has been living here since 2004 and says he wanted to become an official American for reasons that exceeded his identity as an athlete. He feels a kinship with his fellow Americans and has plans to join the toughest swim team in the world.

The man started his journey to citizenship in 2007. It culminated in July of this year as he stood alongside his fellow new Americans to take the Oath of Allegiance and sing the traditional songs at the swearing in ceremony in Phoenix. He will now attempt to compete in his fourth Olympic games, this time as a member of the U.S. team.

Mr. Townsend acknowledges that he will face tough competition in his bid to win a spot on the team, and he is aware that some other athletes may not be welcoming of a new competitor. However, he is undaunted in his enthusiasm as a new U.S. citizen. There may be many immigrants currently residing in North Carolina who also desire to make this nation their official home. There are many resources within our state that can supply the information concerning how to take their own plunge and begin their journey to citizenship.

Source:, "Olympic swimmer Darian Townsend becomes U.S. citizen", Jeff Metcalfe, July 25, 2014

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