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THE ROAD TO RIO: 2016 Rio De Janeiro Summer Olympics

For the pass 2 weeks, we’ve tirelessly watched our Liberian athletes represent Liberia in fierce competition. What might have taken us seconds or days to watch,has taken these athletes YEARS to prepare for. The road to the next Olympic Game starts HERE. The next four years will consist of practicing, training, competing, and qualifying; all in an effort to represent our Dear Liberia in 2016 and possibly bring her a medal. The journey to Rio begins NOW. May the 2012 Liberian Olympic Team inspire other Liberian athletes to begin their quest for the GOLD. May these future athletes receive support from family, friends, the Liberian government, businesses and fellow Liberians around the world. This is by no means an easy journey, but it is one that is possible (as these Olympians and the ones before them have proven). Congratulations 2012 Liberian Olympic Team on a job well done; best wishes to those beginning their journey to RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL.

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OLYMPIC FLASHBACK: Liberia’s Olympic History

 Liberia made its entrance onto the Summer Olympic world stage at the 1956 Games in Melbourne, Australia. Since then, Liberia has attended EVERY Olympic Game, with the exception of the 1968, 1976, 1980*, and 1992 Summer Olympics. Liberia has sent a total of 42 athletes to the global competition (31 men and 8 women). The athletes, who have had the honor to represent Liberia are listed below.

1956 Melbourne Australia

  • George Johnson, Edward Martins, Emmanuel Putu, James Roberts

1960 Roma, Italy

  • George Johnson,Alifu Massaquoi, Emmanuel Putu, James Roberts

1964 Tokyo,Japan

  • Wesley Johnson

1972 Munchen, West Germany

  • Thomas Howe, Edward Kar, Thomas N’Ma, Dominic Saidu, Andrew Sartee

1984 Los Angeles,United States

  • Oliver Daniels, Grace Ann Dinkins**, Augustus Moulton,Wallace Obey, Samuel Sarkpa, Hassan Tall, Nimley Twegbe (**first female athlete)

1988 Seoul, South Korea

  • Samuel Birch, Oliver Daniels, Tommy Gbay, Thomas Stephens, Sammy Stewart, Simeon Stubblefield, Nimley Twegbe, Melvina Vulah

1996 Atlanta, United States

  • Sayon Cooper, Robert Dennis, Grace Ann Dinkins, Kouty Mawenh, Eddie Neufville

2000 Sydney, Australia

  • Hannah Cooper, Sayon Cooper, Grace Ann Dinkins, Kouty Mawenh, Koiyan Morlu, Andrew Reyes, Paul Sehzue, Bobby True

2004 Athina, Greece

  • Gladys Thompson, Sultan Tucker

2008 Beijing,China

  • Jangy Addy, Kia Davis, Siraj Williams

2012 London, Great Britain

  • Jangy Addy, Phobay Kutu-Akoi, Raasin Mcintosh, Kou Luogon, Levi Saryee

*The original post failed to mention the missed 1980 games. The correct information has been updated in this post.