Nigerian Women's Bobsled Team Makes History Qualifying For The 2018 Winter Olympics

Doris Richards
November 19, 2017

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.

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

Nigeria has 25 Olympic medals, all from summer games, and has yet to compete in a winter game.

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

The team reached the accomplishment Wednesday and will now be off to Pyeongchang, South Korea despite coming from a country known for having a tropical hot climate.

Adigun, who ran in the 2012 Olympics and is now also eligible for the World Cup of You Go Girl, spearheaded the project and recruited her other two teammates in 2016.


Seun Adigun told KweséESPN, "This is a huge milestone for sports in Nigeria".

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.

Solomon Ogba, President of the Bobsled and Skeleton Federation of Nigeria, was understandably thrilled at the achievement, saying via a media statement: "I commend the personal dedication and commitment of these women".

Nigerian Women Bobsled Team has qualified for 2018 Winter Olympics, first bobsled team ever to qualify from the African continent.

"Their hard work was inspiring and I hope Nigerians can appreciate what it took for them to achieve this - the work, the discipline, and the personal sacrifices".

Adigun, who is also the team's driver, represented Nigeria at the World Championships in Berlin and Daegu in 2009 and 2011 respectively. Brakeman Onwumere competed at the World Relays in the Bahamas previous year and clinched a Silver and Gold medal at the African Games in Congo Brazzaville in the 200m and 400m relay.

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