People constantly told Jerry Windle, a single gay man, that he would never be a father. And also he never imagined himself being a father, but his life changed completely. A single man adopts a sick kid and raises him to be an Olympic champion. In the nineties, he was a single gay man in a very different time, but a magazine story about a man who adopted a child from Cambodia would change everything.
As he read the story about a father and a son, Jerry felt hopeful. So he dialed an adoption service’s listed phone number, explaining that he found the number in an article. He then inquired as to whether a single person may adopt a child.
Jerry held a sick 18-month-old kid in an orphanage in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in his arms a few months later. Jordan, the baby, was infected with scabies and had intestinal parasites. The child was suffered from severe infections. Jerry look after the kid very well and took him back to good health.
Jordan Windle’s birth parents died when he was a year old, and he was placed in a Cambodian orphanage. Formerly ill child went on to compete in the Tokyo Olympics representing his country. After finishing second in the Olympic trials, he was named to the United States Olympic Diving Team. Jordan says that during his competitions, his father is the loudest person in the audience to cheer him up. Unfortunately, Jerry was unable to travel to Tokyo because of COVID restrictions at the time, but he continued to support his son. Jordan wished his father would be there in his competition but he did his best to feel his father proud.
Jordan, at seven years old, made an impression on a man called Tim O’Brien while at summer camp by reminding famous diver Greg Louganis. Jordan began diving at the age of seven. At the age of nine, he won his first national, junior national championship. He never forgets where he came from. He grew up in the United States, but he still had Cambodia on his mind throughout the Olympics. He even has a tattoo of the Cambodian flag on his arm.
Jordan never forgets his father throughout his journey because he is the person who raises him and gave love and support throughout his life. Jerry has sacrificed many things to build up Jordan’s life and also it’s a journey with him to success.
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