A single gay father raised an Olympic champion by adopting an ill child.


Jerry Windle, a single gay man, People told that he would never be a father. He never thought in his life to become a father. But suddenly, one day, his life changed dramatically way. His story is like a storybook, It proves that a merciful heart can overcome any obstacle.

We at Ternuritas think that parent love can accomplish great things and that's it transcends all social prejudices and stereotypes. We'd love for you to learn about a single man with a large heart who raised an Olympic champion from the orphanage he grew up in.

Jerry Windle has dreamed of becoming a father since he was a child. He tried hard to adopt a child in the United States until he came across a magazine piece about orphans in Cambodia. He didn't waste any time contacting Cambodian officials, and he soon received life-changing information.

He went to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in June of 2000, where his future son, Jordan, had been residing in an orphanage since the death of his birth parents. When Jerry met Jordan, he suffered from a few serious illnesses. AfterJerry bringing him back to his country, he nursed him back to health and adopted him as his son.

Jerry and Jordan faced various challenges once they returned home. Jordan was weak due to his health problems, and they communicated through sign language before learning English.

Jordan weighed just 16 pounds when he was two years old. Jerry had no idea about Jordan's life. He did everything in his power to save his new kid's life. But because of so much love, they had overcome all obstacles together.

When Jordan was seven years old, his Olympic hopes began at diving camp after seeing a talented diver. His name is Tim O'Brien, the son of a well-known diving coach, Ron O'Brien. Then entered a diving program and began to achieve his first victory. It was also around this time he met Greg Louganis, an Olympic gold medalist, and LGBT activist. "Little Louganis" was his nickname.

Jordan qualified for the men's platform event after three Olympic trials, the first at 13 and the second at 16.

Jordan will represent the United States in the Olympics as an American today, but at the same time, he will also be representing Cambodia in his heart. Recently he tattooed the Cambodian flag on his arm so that when he dives, people can see it.

In 2011, the father and son co-authored a children's book to celebrate their journey. The book, titled An Orphan No More: The True Story of a Boy, tells the story of a rooster who was told by other animals that he couldn’t be a father without a hen. One day, he stumbles upon an egg that no one wants. What hatches is a duckling, but despite their different looks, the 2 would prove that “where there is love, there is family.”

Photo credit: Instagram

Post a Comment


  1. I enjoyed this story as I felt a connection. I also adopted a child from an orphanage overseas.