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 this team has come a long way. All three team members were in-fact once track and field athletes before they eventually switched to winter sports.
Adigun, who had previously competed in the 100m hurdles at the London 2012 Olympics, began the teams journey by recruiting Onwumere and Omeoga as brakewomen. Their dream was to make it big, but were short on funds. With their combined efforts in training and fundraising, their hard work paid off.
To fundraise they set up a GoFundMe page, ran boot camps and dances, and with the support of the IBSF emerging nations program and Team Visa, the team finally had enough funds to achieve their Olympic dream.
In an interview with Global News, Adigun said, “We did a homecoming in April as a team to just go and introduce ourselves to the country as the team so people would know we are serious. This is something we wanted to do for the continent and the country.”
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