Cool running of Nigerian Olympic bobsled team


Driver, Seun Adigun including Breakmen Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga, completed the fifth of their required five qualifying races in Calgary on Wednesday. Last year, the team raised $75K through GoFundMe to make getting to the competition possible.

It will also be the first time in Nigeria's history that it will be represented at the Winter Olympics.

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.

"Although I am spearheading the team, this movement has grown to be far larger than me or any one person".

In the aftermath of their success they secured team Visa sponsorship after Visa heard about their story. "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 told KweséESPN.

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The previous Winter Olympics were held in the Russian resort of Sochi in 2014.

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

Solomon Ogba, president of the Bobsled and Skeleton Federation of Nigeria, stated that he hopes that Nigerians can appreciate "the work, the discipline and the personal sacrifices", of the team. Teamed up with Onwumere, a 2015 African Games medal victor; and Omeoga, she helped Nigeria qualify for South Korea's contest. Onwumere won two medals as a sprinter at the 2015 African Games, and Omeoga was a sprinter at Minnesota.

Despite their most recent run being on the same track as the famous Jamaican men's team in 1988, they want more than just a movie making about their journey.

The trio are also the Nigeria's first ever representative's at the games.