Nadia Eke Joins the Ranks of Columbian Flag Bearers, Representing Ghana at Tokyo Opening Ceremony

The triple jump champ will be flag bearer for her home country of Ghana at the 2020 Olympics.

Acacia O'Connor
July 16, 2021

African triple jump champion and entrepreneur Nadia Eke (CC’15) will be Ghana’s flag bearer during the opening ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in Japan. 

The two-time All American and Ivy League NCAA Woman of the Year is also co-founder of Axxelerate, a company that seeks to help athletes develop their aspirations beyond their sport. 

Bet you didn’t know that Eke isn’t the only Columbia grad to have borne their country’s flag at the Olympics. 

Two-time Olympian and Columbia Hall of Famer Erison Hurtault (CC’07) carried the Dominica flag at the London Olympics in 2012.

Erison Hurtault bearing the flag for Dominica in 2012.

Taking it all the way back, Olympic fencer Norman Armitage (CC’27, SEAS’29) was flag bearer for the United States more than once. He made six Olympic teams—amazing for someone who had taken up the sport as a student at Columbia.

See the list of the Columbians that we know are competing in the games. And check out this retrospective of the Columbia student-athletes who has medaled at the Olympics.