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!
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.
Earlier this month Emmanuel Matadi won the men’s 200m African Championship bronze medal. Five years before that, Jangy Addy won the men’s DecathlonAll-Africa Games gold medal and Kou Luogon won the women’s 400m hurdles All-Africa Gamesbronze medal. These world-class competitors are just three of many Liberian athletes who have shined on the international stage.
Liberians don’t usually hear about these names until the Olympics arrive, but these athletes don’t disappear and reappear every four years.
The Olympic road stretches far beyond the opening and closing ceremonies.
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.