Published: Mon, November 20, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Nigerian Women Become Africa's First Olympic Bobsled Team

Nigerian Women Become Africa's First Olympic Bobsled Team

Nigeria's team - driver Seun Adigun and brakewomen Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga - have done little to play down the comparison. Late previous year, the three athletes started a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds and create awareness around the historical feat they were set to accomplish.

It is without doubt the coolest thing to happen in Nigerian Winter Olympics history since, well, ever.

Nigeria may be within grasp of a historic first ever appearance in the winter Olympics, but the three members of the Super Eagles women's bobsleigh team have bigger goals than simply qualifying to race next year in Pyeongchang. To qualify for the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, the team needed to complete five qualifying races.

Despite numerous success stories in the summer Games - notably gold in the men's football at Atlanta 1996 - no Nigerian has ever competed in a Winter Olympic event before.

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Last December, the team had to resort to crowdfunding to back their ambitions of reaching the Winter Olympics.

The Bobsled & Skeleton Sports Federation of Nigeria took to social media beaming with pride at the news."Ecstatic to say the least".

"I commend the personal dedication and commitment of these women".

"Their hard work was inspiring and I hope Nigerians can appreciate what it took for them to achieve this", said BSFN president Solomon Ogba. They were incredible throughout this journey.

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"I have watched them train and work hard to represent Nigeria at the Winter Olympics in a very technical and high risk sport and they have achieved that". "They should be very proud, and I am very proud of them".

"We did a homecoming in April as team to just go and introduce ourselves to the country so people would know we are serious", Adigun said.

American Olympic favorite Lolo Jones also made the jump from track to bobsled in the Olympic games.

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