It’s indeed a huge milestone for sports as Nigeria will be making its debut at the Winter Olympics next year, thanks to three women – the Nigerian women’s bobsled team.
The athletes qualified to compete in the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, earlier this week, after completing the required five races. And it’s a double historic feat, as the team is also the first African team ever to compete in the bobsled category.
The team is made up of three US-based runners-turned-bobsled-athletes, with Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga on the brakes and Seun Adigan as the team’s driver. She referred to the victory as “a huge milestone for sports in Nigeria”.
“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.
No matter how the cookie crumbles, it will be a win-win for everyone
“Our objective now is to be the best representation of Africa that the Winter Olympics have ever witnessed,” she added.
The team has been making waves with their ambitious campaign to qualify since last November, when they launched a GoFundMe crowd funding page with a $75k target in order to compete in this year’s qualifying races. Since then, the women have fought to keep the momentum going with consistent practice.