7x U.S. Champion
American Record Holder
2x OLYMPIC FINALIST
7x U.S. CHAMPION
AMERICAN RECORD HOLDER
NCAA WOMAN OF THE YEAR
BOWERMAN AWARD WINNER
8x NCAA CHAMPION
COLLEGIATE WOMAN OF THE DECADE
"I hope young women can see me and think 'She looks like me and she did that, so I can do it too!'"
Olympian Keturah Orji ("KO") is quickly becoming one of the world's rising stars in track and field. Known for opening a new era of greatness in the American triple jump, KO is also an admirable advocate for equality and expanding access to opportunities for women of color.
The first American since 1974 to win four consecutive U.S. titles in the outdoor triple jump, KO finished fourth at the 2016 Olympic Games. At the 2021 Olympic Games, she became the first American woman in history to qualify for two consecutive Olympic finals in the triple jump.
Even with her monumental achievements, there is one thing more important to KO than gold medal glory. "I want my career to signify that you do not have to possess a certain personality, come from a certain background, or look a specific way to accomplish great things."
To fulfill her mission, KO founded a mentorship program for girls called Amara's Pride. KO created Amara's Pride to give young girls access to successful women they can relate to, so they can envision themselves succeeding as well.
Today, KO competes professionally as a triple jumper and long jumper and trains in Chula Vista, CA.