carried the Iraqi flag at the Opening Ceremony in Atlanta in 1996.
But to the dismay of Uday Hussein, then head of Iraqi sport, the 12 times national weightlifting champion defected.
Back in Iraq he was immediately sentenced to death.
Diane Modahl tells how his family was rounded up and imprisoned in the basement of the Olympic Committee offices in Baghdad.
Raed was told they'd be killed if he didn't return.
"I tell them I don't care.
Because if I say I care, then they'd kill all of them".