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Nigeria's bobsled women first to qualify for Winter Olympics

Nigeria's bobsled women first to qualify for Winter Olympics

Once the team set their sights on the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, they established a crowdfunding website hoping to raise the much-needed funds to get to PyeongChang.

"When we first heard their story, we recognised the collective spirit of these athletes as a ideal fit for Team Visa", said Chris Curtin, chief brand and innovation marketing officer at Visa. But for Omeoga, the Winter Games in PyeongChang will be her first outing for Nigeria.

The similarities to the fictional story of the Jamaican team qualifying are remarkable.

Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga would become the first African team to reach a bobsled event.

Having achieved the qualifying standard, they now just need to stay in the world's top 40 to make it to South Korea.

Adigun previously competed in the women's 100-meter hurdles at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England.




To put the magnitude of the accomplishment into perspective, there have been 22 Winter Olympics held in 19 cities dating back to 1924.

Solomon Ogba, President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, lauds the team for their achievement.

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

The bobsled trio might not be the only Nigerian representatives in next year's Winter Olympics, as Simi Adeagbo, is still on the race to qualify for the Games in the skeleton. If they have any success at all, the cameras across the world will be there to capture and post their journey step by step.

Several African tropical nations have participated in the Winter Olympics, though, none of them have ever won a medal.

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