“The value is not in the money. The value is in the cooperation.” – Samuel Koimene
On August 4, Samuel Komiene decided to take action. He, along with friends: Angelo Koimene, Thomas Yolain, and Chris Konneh make up “The Herd”, a group that symbolizes unity and togetherness. The Herd is responsible for the $10,000 “Supporting Our Own: Olympian” GoFundMe Campaign circulating around the internet. In 14 days, the campaign raised $1,990, but still has a long way to go. Below, Samuel shares what inspired him and his friends to start the campaign and how he plans to get the money to the athletes.
Emmanuel Matadi wraps up his Olympic debut with a 20.49 seconds run in Round 1 of the Men’s 200 meters. He ranks 30 out of the 76 athletes who competed. Liberia will not advance to the semi-finals, but both Matadi and Kromah have represented the nation well and made Liberians around the world proud.
Stay tuned. These athletes have a long road ahead of them to the next major competition. We might just see them next year at the World Athletics Championship in London. Let’s go Team Liberia!
Written by Manseen Logan, Photos from LIB Olympic Blog
In a video posted on Social Media, Liberia’s Olympic Team inch their bodies into two round inflated white tubs filled with ice cold water. The expressions on the athletes’ faces says everything. Wet. Freezing. Uncomfortable. One athlete clenches a towel between his fingers and tenses his body as he tries to keep himself from shivering. Then a voice appears from behind the camera encouraging the athlete to hang on. That voice belonged to Chiropractor Dr. Alaric Diggs.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Let’s discuss one of my favorite seasons — the Olympics. This festive event combines the cheerfulness of Christmas with the anticipation of a Leap Year. Who doesn’t love it? It’s the one time that countries can put on a united front, regardless of internal conflicts. We can applaud and celebrate the best athletes that we have to offer. After all, just qualifying to compete in an Olympic event is an amazing achievement. Watching our lone star and solid stripes march under the flames of the Olympic torch symbolizes our worth. It means that we are good enough. We are strong enough. Despite all of our inadequacies, we can run with the best of them.
When I heard that Liberia would compete in a sport other than Track and Field, at the 2012 Olympic Games, I was ecstatic. Liberia has talented runners, but a Liberian Judo fighter signified Liberia’s progress. It meant that we were developing other passions and skills among Liberian youths. It meant that my dreams of transforming Snake Babies into Olympic Gymnasts and Kru Fishermen into Olympic Rowers could actually happen. But I might have jumped the gun because the young fighter chosen to represent Liberia— Levi Saryee — was nothing more than a martial con artist.
The Road to Rio is looking good for Liberia. We haven’t had a boxer at the Olympic games, since Seoul Korea in ’88.Has Liberia finally found its Olympic boxing medalist? Here is a closer look at Liberian boxer Archie Weah, through a series of memes.