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HANGING WITH MR. COOPER: LIBERIA’S TRACK TEAM COACH

Written by Manseen Logan, Photo ©2015 Steve Strother Photo & Video

“Liberia was going through a war and I was proud to represent my country. I was proud to show that there was still hope for us.” -Sayon Cooper

Humble Beginnings

Grow up. Become a soccer star. The typical Liberian boy aspires to reach these two milestones.

Before heading to Rio, Liberia’s track team coach, Sayon Cooper sat in his office at the Morehouse School of Medicine and reflected on how his soccer dreams turned into track and field success.

“I didn’t know anything about going to college for free on a track scholarship,” Sayon Cooper admits.

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TEAM LIB: ADDING FIRE TO THE FLAME

Earlier this month Emmanuel Matadi won the men’s 200m African Championship bronze medal. Five years before that, Jangy Addy won the men’s Decathlon All-Africa Games gold medal and Kou Luogon won the women’s 400m hurdles All-Africa Games bronze 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.

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