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Isabelle Inthisone: Lao America’s Figure Skating Phenom

Isabelle Inthisone. Remember that name. Isabelle was born on 05/29/2004 and has qualified to compete at the 2018 U.S. National Figure Skating Championship in San Jose, CA. Her road to Nationals include winning the Silver medal at the Upper Great Lakes Regional Championship and the Pewter medal at the Midwestern Sectionals. She’s currently just 13 years old! While she’s still a young figure skater competing at the Intermediate level (3 levels before the Senior level)—her accomplishment is no less remarkable, because she is Lao America’s first ever figure skater to compete at this level…and perhaps, at all! Before we get to her interview below, here’s some background on this incredible athlete and her road to the 2018 US Figure Skating Championships. Just the top 12 skaters in each competitive level from across the nation can compete in this elite competition, happening from December 29-January 7 in San Jose, CA at the SAP Center. While only the senior levels are shown on primetime TV, you can catch every performance on Ice Network or, you can always subscribe to …

Addy Thongsonlone secures spot at Ironman World Championship 2016

He may be the only Lao Iron Man in town. Meet Addy Thongsonlone from Oahu, Hawaii. Addy works as a police detective by day and trains as a triathlete in his free time. Addy talks about his humble beginnings in Hawaii, being Lao American, and securing his spot in the 2016 Iron Man World Championship, one of the most competitive and internationally-known triathlons. And that’s why he’s the Lao-Diaspora-of-the-Week. Tell us about yourself. I work full-time as a police detective and train for various marathons and triathlons in my spare time. I come from a humble background and believe hard work will get you everywhere you want to go. What’s your family’s journey? My father is originally from Laos, and my mother is from Thailand. They married and moved to Hawaii in the 1980s in search of a better life, more opportunities for the family, and also a desire to escape the lingering effects of war in Laos. I am Lao American but thanks to my parents, am very immersed in my Laotian culture. Favorite Lao …