Category Archives: Rio 2016 Olympics

WHO IS MARIAM KROMAH: LIBERIA’S 2016 OLYMPIAN

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.

 

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FIVE OLYMPIC SPORTS LIBERIA WOULD DOMINATE

Training and competing in sports can be expensive, but the rewards far exceed the costs. Here are five Olympic sports that Liberians could dominate, with a little support and training. The Liberian Youth and Sports Ministry should consider investing in these activities.

1. Track & Field

The beauty of Track & Field is the numerous events composed of running, throwing, and jumping. Liberia has had competitors in the decathlon, 100m, 4x100m relay, 400m, and 400m hurdles; but none on the field.

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EMMANUEL MATADI WILL CARRY LIBERIAN FLAG

Liberia’s 100 and 200 meter representative, Emmanuel Matadi, will carry the Lonestar Banner into Rio’s Olympic Stadium. This makes him the 11th Liberian to have this honor. Eleven is a significant number for Liberia. The flag has 11 stripes and Liberia’s Declaration of Independence has 11 signatures. Cheers to our 11th flag bearer. Congrats Matadi!

 

Matadi track
Image from Instagram @Matadi 

 

LIVE TWEETING TONIGHT’S OPENING CEREMONY

The Olympic torch is in Rio and we are hours away from the opening ceremony. Watch the athletes parade into the Olympic Stadium tonight online.  Follow @libolympicblog on Twitter for live tweets. Until then, check out our favorite clips of Liberians carrying the flag.

Liberia’s Results at the 2016 African Senior Championships

DAY 1 OF AFRICAN SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

Liberian female sprinter Ada Udaya placed 3rd in her 100m heat and 4th in her semi-final heat, at the 20th African Senior Championships which began Wed. June 22.

Udaya, along with other global track & field athletes, is fighting to qualify for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games. The athletes have until July 11 to clench their spot among the 2,005 international track stars who will compete  in Rio.

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Call for Competitive Liberian Swimmers!!!

Image by USAG-Humphreys Flickr
Image by USAG-Humphreys Flickr

If you take a German apple seed and plant it in Brazil, will the tree produce German apples or Brazilian fruit?

I know this is an odd question to start with, but I have a feeling that this question needs to be answered before I dive into what this post is really about.

The Answer: The tree will yield German Apples grown in Brazil.

Now that we have an understanding, I’d like to place a call for Competitive Liberian Swimmers. It doesn’t matter where you were planted or grown. The only matter is the seed that you come from — in this case a Liberian seed.

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