Nigerian women's bobsled team make Winter Olympic history


Nigerian women's bobsled team make Winter Olympic history

Reaction to their qualification in Nigeria was largely one of surprise, with many people unaware the football-mad country even had a bobsled team.

For the first time ever, Nigeria will be represented in the Winter Olympics after the women's bobsled team qualified for the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

"This is a huge milestone for sports in Nigeria", driver Adigun told KweséESPN report. "Nothing makes me prouder than to know that I can play a small role in creating opportunities for winter sports to take place in Nigeria".

Adigun is not a novice to the Olympics having represented Nigeria in the 100-metre hurdles event at the 2012 London summer Games.

Going from zero to 90 miles per hour - the average speed of an Olympic bobsled - was not an easy feat.

The Jamaican team has competed six more times in the Olympics since making their debut and the Nigerian team will look to build a program just as Jamaica did.

No African nation has ever competed in an Olympic bobsled event and for this trio of trail-blazing Nigerian women getting to the winter games is where their journey begins, not ends.

Her team launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise $75,000 to help fund their Olympic dream. With Adigun always in the driver's seat and backed up by either Onwumere or Omeoga, who are push athletes, the various two-woman combinations completed races in Utah, Whistler and Calgary.

Solomon Ogba, president of the newly-formed Bobsled and Skeleton Federation of Nigeria (yes, that's a real thing), was understandably made up for the girls.

Without access to proper training equipment or valuable ice time to ideal their skills, the members of the Nigerian Women's Bobsleigh Team started their journey on the snow-less grounds of Houston, Texas, in a wooden sled they nicknamed "The Maeflower". The success of this bobsled team will positively affect millions of people all over the world and will represent monumental worldwide advancements in social, athletic, and economic statuses.

Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga will not be heading to February's games just to be a feelgood side story, they are looking for a medal.