In a historial first, Nigeria and indeed the African continent will be participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics courtesy of three determined Nigerian ladies, who make up the nation’s Bobsled team.
Bobsled pilot Seun Adigun, and brakemen Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga, combine their elite track backgrounds to chase their bobsled dreams, after completing the required five races.
Their first qualifying race was in the North America Cup in Park City, Utah where Seun and her brakeman Akuoma completed two races in January. They went on to Whistler, Canada for their second track where Adigun and brakeman, Onwumere were the only team to complete the first race.
Their hard work paid off in Calgary when they completed their fourth and fifth races for a place at the 23rd Winter Olympic games in Pyeongchang South Korea.
Without access to proper training equipment or valuable ice time to perfect their skills, the members of the team started their journey on the snow-less grounds of Houston, Texas; in a wooden sled.
Once the team set their sights on the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, they established a crowdfunding website to raise the much-needed funds to get to PyeongChang. Upon discovering the page, Visa was inspired by their story and pledged to help solidify the team’s trip to the Olympic Winter Games.
Seun Adigun, the Bobsled Driver, represented Nigeria in the 100m hurdles at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Wanting to get back on the Olympic stage, she began training for bobsled in 2014.
Ngozi Onwumere, the Bobsled Breakmen is a former competitive sprinter, who clinched a silver and gold medal at the 2015 African Games in Republic of the Congo in the 200m and 4x100m relay, respectively. Onwumere started training after being recruited by Adigun in 2016.
Akuoma Omeoga is a graduate of the University of Minnesota where she was a sprinter for the university’s track and field team, competing in the 100m and 200m races.