Nigerian women become first African bobsled team to qualify for Olympics

Nigerian women become first African bobsled team to qualify for Olympics

Nigerian women become first African bobsled team to qualify for Olympics

Three women from Nigeria will compete in the women's bobsled, becoming the first athletes from Africa to qualify for the Olympics in the sport.

Adigun is not a novice to the Olympics having represented Nigeria in the 100-metre hurdles event at the 2012 London summer Games.

Nigeria's team - driver Seun Adigun and brakewomen Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga - have done little to play down the comparison.

The trio are also the Nigeria's first ever representative's at the games. The success of this bobsled team will positively affect millions of people all over the world and will represent monumental worldwide advancements in social, athletic, and economic statuses.

In an interview with CBC, Adigun revealed the team trained for the Olympics by building their own sled out of wood they bought at a hardware store. Last year, the team raised $75K through GoFundMe to make getting to the competition possible.

Her team launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise $75,000 to help fund their Olympic dream.

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Make no mistake, this is not "Cool Runnings II", a sequel to the Jamaican bobsleigh team's winter fantasy immortalised in the Hollywood hit movie. Their final race was on Wednesday.

Proud of the achievement, the Bobsled and Skeleton Federation of Nigeria posted a photograph on its Instagram account of the three-woman team high-fiving one another after punching a ticket to next year's games in Pyeongchang, South Korea with the caption: "Ecstatic to say the least".

To read this article in one of Houston's most-spoken languages, click on the button below. No African contender in any Winter Olympics event has ever made the podium, although more than a handful have tried.

Without access to proper training equipment or valuable ice time to flawless their skills, the members of the Nigerian Women's Bobsleigh Team started their journey on the snow-less grounds of Houston, Texas, in a wooden sled they nicknamed "The Maeflower".

The winter Olympics will begin on February 9 and will be broadcasted live for everyone's viewing pleasure across the United States.

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