Sunday, August 1, 2021

Ivory Coast Olympic flag bearer trains in Vermont

A man with ambition.“It has been a dream of mine since I was a little kid,” Kouadio Franck N’Dri, an Olympian from the Ivory Coast. “I’m really excited for Tokyo.”The Olympic Dream brought N’Dri to the United States for the first time. Specifically, to Vermont’s North East Kingdom — to train with the Green Racing project. “The first time I got here before qualifications. I got introduced to lots of beautiful people, fabulous athletes, it helped me tremendously to qualify for the Olympic Qualifications in 2019 in Tunis. Again I chose Craftsbury here to continue my preparation for the Olympics,” N’dri said.N’Dri will be the first Olympic rower to ever represent the Ivory Coast.“I started with a kayak with my dad,” N’dri said. A competitive Kayaker, Franck’s father passed away unexpectedly before fulfilling his own Olympic dreams.“It’s been a goal of the family to be in the Olympics and I’m proud to do it,” N’dri said. Following his father’s footsteps carried him halfway around the world, to a new family.“The people here are fabulous who support me, give lots of encouragement. And I am very happy to be here to complete my preparation to the Olympics,” N’dri said. Now he inches closer to his Olympic finish. The final strokes in a long journey honoring his family legacy.

A man with ambition.

“It has been a dream of mine since I was a little kid,” Kouadio Franck N’Dri, an Olympian from the Ivory Coast. “I’m really excited for Tokyo.”

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The Olympic Dream brought N’Dri to the United States for the first time.

Specifically, to Vermont’s North East Kingdom — to train with the Green Racing project.

“The first time I got here before qualifications. I got introduced to lots of beautiful people, fabulous athletes, it helped me tremendously to qualify for the Olympic Qualifications in 2019 in Tunis. Again I chose Craftsbury here to continue my preparation for the Olympics,” N’dri said.

N’Dri will be the first Olympic rower to ever represent the Ivory Coast.

“I started with a kayak with my dad,” N’dri said.

A competitive Kayaker, Franck’s father passed away unexpectedly before fulfilling his own Olympic dreams.

“It’s been a goal of the family to be in the Olympics and I’m proud to do it,” N’dri said.

Following his father’s footsteps carried him halfway around the world, to a new family.

“The people here are fabulous who support me, give lots of encouragement. And I am very happy to be here to complete my preparation to the Olympics,” N’dri said.

Now he inches closer to his Olympic finish. The final strokes in a long journey honoring his family legacy.

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