“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.
As the fifth day of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics begins, South Africa remains the only African country to receive a medal at this year’s competition. So far, South Africa has won two Olympic medals, both silvers in swimming—Men’s 100m Breastroke and Men’s 200m Freestyle.
African countries win the majority of their medals in Athletics — commonly referred to as track and field— with Kenya, South Africa, and Ethiopia being the top three African countries in Olympic history.
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.
The Parade of Nations is the most highly anticipated portion of the Opening Ceremony. Typically, nations display outfits of their respective cultures. For Rio 2016, many nations decided to go the casual route in simple pieces of blazers and slacks/shorts sets; similar to Liberia’s outfit choice in its first appearance at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne.
The traditional full garb of Liberia made its appearance at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul and has remained true to this style even now in Rio.
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.