Tuesday, 26 May, 2020


This Is What History Makers Look Like: The Nigerian Olympic Bobsled Team

Image via the Bobsled & Skeleton Sports Federation of Nigeria Image via the Bobsled & Skeleton Sports Federation of Nigeria
Noah Ferguson | 17 November, 2017, 18:25

Well, get ready for another classic to be re-imagined.

Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere, and Akuoma Omeoga will be representing Nigeria at the Winter Olympics - the first time ever for the country - after completing five required races which qualify them for the bobsled event in Pyeong Chang, Colin Udoh of ESPN is reporting. Their story has'already won plenty of fans, and it's very cool to see their quest to qualify for the Olympics pay off.

The Nigeria team, led by driver Adigun - a former African 100m hurdles champion and 2012 summer Olympian - completed races in Utah, one in Whistler, and their final two races in Calgary on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Last December, at the start of their qualifying bid, Adigun and her team had to resort to crowdfunding to back their ambition as Nigerian sports authorities had made no provisions for winter sports.

"Our objective now is to be the best representation of Africa that the Winter Olympics have ever witnessed".

Visa has also announced plans to help solidify the team's trip to the Olympic Winter Games.

President of the Bobsled and Skeleton Federation of Nigeria, Solomon Ogba, said in a statement he hopes Nigerians can appreciate the effort the team has put in, "the work, the discipline, and the personal sacrifices".

Their journey to PyeongChang actually began in Houston, with a wooden sled they dubbed "The Maeflower".

The good news might not be over yet, as Simidele Adeagbo is three races away from sliding into next year's Winter Olympic skeleton competition for the nation as well.

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