Erkin Tadzhimetov came to the U.S. as a competitor for the Junior World Championships back in 1998. He was in line to be the representative for Uzbekistan in upcoming senior level championships, but then things changed.

Years later, he sits as the associate head coach at Utah Valley University and is on the coaching staff at the Junior World Championships for Team USA in Trnava, Slovakia.

Tadzhimetov talks about his journey to the U.S., his battle for the right to compete for his home country, his process to get citizenship and what it was like to compete for the final time representing his new home.

Has he been back to his homeland? What happens when or if that happens?

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