Dec 31, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT
In case you’re wondering, showing your two Olympic gold medals to prove that you’re not a terrorist will not work with U.S. Customs: they’re still going to throw you into the little room and question you. Profiling is alive and well in the U.S., as proven when Mo Farah, who is of Somali descent, arrived in Portland to spend time with his family on Christmas. That;s where he was detained by U.S. border agents because they thought he might be a terrorist, according to The Sun.
Farah runs for Great Britain but trains at Nike headquarters in Portland with his coach, Alberto Salazar.
Mo, 29, said: “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 said that in a previous incident, before he became a resident, he was detained at the Canadian border over similar concerns, and told that he would have to stay out of the U.S. for 90 days while he was being investigated. Farah:
“As luck would have it Alberto has a friend who works for the FBI. This guy happens to be a massive running fan, knew exactly who I was and got it sorted then and there. God knows what would have happened if he didn’t. We’d probably still be in Toronto.”
Farah won the 10,000 and 5,000 meters at the London Olympics. He’s also the star of one of the most popular internet memes ever — here’s my Top Five Mo Farah Running Away From Things:
- So long folks, it’s time for me to take off 18
- Man wins full marathon while pushing his daughter in a baby stroller (video) 14
- Lock and load, it’s youth baseball fundraising time: league raffling off AR-15 rifle (video) 8
- Sim Bhullar is a large basketball player, and I mean it. Anybody want a peanut? 0
- What’s with kids and all these death-defying stunts? 674
- Nothing to see here…just a 70-yard field goal by a high-schooler (video) 3
- None found