Magic Moment

Olympic Flag Bearer From USF Takes World Stage

Haley NemraHaley Nemra ’12 (center), former Dons cross country and track and field runner, carried the Marshall Islands national flag for the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games. AP Photo/Margaret Bowles.

Haley Nemra ’12 reveled in the cheers of more than 80,000 spectators at London’s Olympic Stadium in July, as she carried the flag for the Marshall Islands during the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games.

The business major and former Dons cross country and track and field runner posted a season best of 2:14:90 in the 800-meter preliminaries, but did not advance to the semifinals.

Nemra also competed at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing as part of the Marshall Islands team.

The two-time Olympian hopes to become a teacher. “I want to improve kids’ and young adults’ education and also encourage more young people to pursue athletics—especially girls,” Nemra said. “Athletics has been such a huge part of my life and has brought me so much opportunity. I would love to help more Marshallese have similar options.”

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