Mariam Headshot

Mariam Kromah is part of the two person team representing Liberia in Rio. The 22 year old and her family moved from Liberia to Fort Worth, Texas, during her childhood. In May, Kromah placed first in the Conference USA Championship winning the 400 meters for Southern Miss and gaining an automatic ticket to Rio for Liberia. Her faith and determination have carried her far. She shares a bit about herself here.

  1. Why do you want to run for Liberia?

I want to run for Liberia because that is where my mother is from. For some reason the country is being shown in a negative way, even though the place is really beautiful.

Don’t get me wrong there are also bad parts, just like any other country, but I feel like people are more focused on the bad part than the good part. This is why I want to use my talent to represent Liberia and put my country on the map.

2. How long have you been running?

I have been running since my freshman year in high school.

3. How do you feel about the Rio experience, so far?

Mariam at the Opening Ceremony
Mariam at the Opening Ceremony

The Rio experience is overwhelming, but you have to focus and know what brought you here in the first place.

4. What is your favorite Liberian Dish?

I love Fufu, Cassava Leaf and Rice, Jollof Rice and a lot more.

5. What message do you have for Liberians watching?

Be yourself. Be humble, thankful, faithful and know what your goal and purpose in life are. Don’t be afraid to dream big because anything is possible. Always thank Allah and those around you.



  1. I want to personally take this time to say thanks to Ms. Mariam Kromah for being the torch bearer representing Liberia in our famous Red, White and Blue national color. I am humble and also speechless for the commitment shown on the part of Mariam to name Liberia as the country she would like to represent in her Olympic bid.service to your country is more than monetary value that some of us cherish so much and putting Liberia second with our selfish desire.
    I also want to commend the Liberia government for taking the necessary step in support of Mariam Kromah as our country flag bearer to RIO Olympic 2016. I will finally call on all patriotic Liberians always put Liberia first no matter how the country is behind in terms of educational, economic, social and infrastructural development. Let’s have our hopes high that our country yea Liberia will flourish once more on the map of Africa and the world at large.
    Thanks to all peace loving Liberians all over the world.
    Prof. Kayibanda Doe (K-Doe)


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