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Nigerian Women’s bobsleigh team set to make history at Winter Olympics 2018

The Nigerian women’s bobsleigh team will be making their first ever appearance at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang this February! They will be making history as the first African sled to compete at the Winter Olympics, and the first time Nigeria will be represented at the Winter Olympics. Make no mistake, this isn’t a sequel to ‘Cool Runnings’, the team – Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga – are taking their Olympic qualification very seriously, and are looking for a medal this coming February. The team were on the way to qualifying last November, completing the fifth of their five required races in Calgary – which was on the same track that the Jamaican bobsled team rose to fame at the Winter Games in 1988 – iconic! However, to fully qualify for the Olympics, the team had to maintain their world ranking until 14th of January. There’s no doubt…

Skiers to watch out for this Winter Olympics

With just under a month left until the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, we’re super excited to see what the athletes bring to the table! Here are some of the star skiers who have qualified for the upcoming Olympics, and you should be sure to keep an eye on! Alpine Skiing Men Austrian Alpine Skier, Marcel Hirscher is undoubtedly one to watch this Olympics. His last Olympic win was at the 2014 Winter Olympics, finishing with a silver medal in slalom. He’s had an amazing run at the current Ski World Cup with 7 gold medals, and we’re sure to see him do all he can to get that gold in this coming Olympics! Norwegian skier, Henrik Kristoffersen is another contender to watch out for. With 9 podium finishes at this seasons World Cup, we can count on him to bring his A-game at the games in Pyeongchang this…

Marcel Hirscher wins slalom race in Zagreb!

Marcel Hirscher is undoubtedly the strongest slalom athlete this season! For the 5th time in a row, Hirscher has done it again, winning the slalom in Zagreb on Thursday with a time of 1:50.65! Fellow Austrian, Michael Matt came in second with a time of 1:50.65, and Norwegian skier Henrik Kristoffersen finished third.  Hirscher has won places on the podium in his last 12 giant slalom races in the world cup and world championships, and has won 7 of them! Proving he’s an unstoppable force this season. In light of his win, let’s take you through some of his biggest skiing achievements! World Cup Debut Making his world cup debut at the age of 18 in 2007, the half-Austrian and hap-dutch skier Marcel Hirscher quickly rose to fame and established himself as slalom king! Between 2007 and 2009, he had much success in the Slalom, Giant Slalom and Super G…

Mikaela Shiffrin wins first Downhill Race!

She’s knows as being the ‘slalom queen’, but Mikaela Shiffrin can now add Downhill to her growing list of achievements, winning her very first World Cup downhill victory in Lake Louise last Saturday! Shiffrin scored a time of one minute 27.55 seconds, beating Germany’s Viktoria Rebesburg by 0.13 seconds, and Switzerland’s Michelle Gisin who came in third with a time of 1:27.72. Shiffrin, who was the overall World Cup winner last season was competing in just her fourth World Cup downhill race, and of her 32 World Cup wins, 26 are her triumphs in slalom. The start of the race was delayed by over an hour because of a power outage after a a power line to the Lake Louise resort failed, so the course was shortened for the race on Saturday. “Shortening the distance was definitely an advantage to me because the top section is flat and I’m not…

FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Winners!

Its been an epic month of ski racing so far, so lets take you through some of our highlights! Super G – Ladies 28 year old Tina Weirather from Liechtenstein won the the season’s first Super-G race last Sunday at Lake Louise. Weirather was also last years Super-G crystal globe winner, proving herself again by barreling down the slopes in 1:18.52 seconds. Second place went to last year’s super-G winner Lara Gut from Switzerland with a time of 1:18.63, while the super-G reigning champ Nicole Schmidhofer finished third with a time of 1:18.79. Drama unveiled when American skier Lindsey Vonn – the all time biggest winner in the discipline, failed to finish the Super-G race after crashing for her second time this season. She unfortunately failed to keep her skis under her when taking a wide turn, resulting in a slide out. Although Vonn had a nightmare weekend at Lake…

Athletes of Sprongo – Mikaela Shiffrin

As a Video Analysis platform, we are lucky enough to have some amazing athletes using our Sprongo platform to help them achieve success! One of our top athletes is Mikaela Shiffrin. Mikaela is an American Alpine Ski Racer with the US Ski Team. She has won multiple Skiing World Championships and won an Olympic gold medal at only 18. She is the youngest slalom champion in Olympic Alpine skiing history! In light of Mikaela Shiffrin winning the Serge Lang Trophy (also knows as the  Skieur d’Or Award) for this year, we would like to take you through some of Mikaela’s biggest achievements over her athletic career. Early Comings Mikaela is in fact the daughter of two ski racers, growing up with the snow sport at a young age. When she was only 8, she had already become a talented ski racer. She joined the ski team at the Burke Mountain Academy…

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