Three Athletes Out to Create Nigeria’s First Women’s Bobsled Team for 2018 Winter Olympics, But They’ll Need a Little Help
Black women athletes showed up and showed out in the 2016 Olympic Games, and slayed on a global scale.
But if Akuoma Omeoga, Ngozi Onwumere, and Seun Adigun have their say, the excellence won’t end in Rio. The first-generation American women are on a quest to create Nigeria’s first women’s bobsled team.
It will mark the first representation in the sport for the country as well as the continent of Africa.
However, building a team from scratch isn’t enough; their goal is to make it to the 2018 Winter Olympics. It sounds more incredible when you consider that Adigun, the team’s driver, built herself a wooden bobsled by hand and just started training last year. As the driver, or leader of the team, she travels to colder climates for training and brings what she learns back to her teammates, who live in the Houston area.
According to Adigun, “The fate of Nigeria’s eligibility to be represented in the 2018 Winter Olympics rests exclusively on my ability to qualify as a competent driver.” That should give the country hope, because they could not be in more competent hands.
Just look at her (literal) track record: The lifelong athlete competed in track & field for the University of Houston, became a three-time 100m hurdle National Champion for Nigeria, and ran in the 2012 Olympics. But after a disappointing finish, she turned her attention to coaching for her alma mater.
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